Stephanie Childress leads the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra with liveliness, lightness and precision. Her movements, the way she leans over the desk, her handling of the dynamics, all indicate a high level of professional maturity. There is also a youthful freshness that emphasizes the appeal of this first stage work by Mozart. Every phrase makes a nice arc, every note weighs exactly as much as it should. As we know, at the time of the premiere of “The Abduction from the Seraglio” in Vienna’s Burgtheater
– on July 16, 1782 – the composer was only 26 years old, just two years older than this conductor. It almost seems as if Mozart himself was standing at the conductor’s podium…
Jolanta Lada-Zielke – Klassik Begeistert 17 October 2023
“No infantilizing descriptor such as ‘prodigy’ properly captures Childress’ outsized talent. Her multipotentialite youth has seen her speed past obstacles the seniors enjoy placing in their juniors’ way… This performance featured her versatility in both contemporary and long- 19C repertory.”
Benjamin Torbert Mar 12, 2023 KDHX St Louis Missouri
“Her focus and poise resulted in a performance of lithe vitality, detailed and assured.”
— Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian
I am delighted to be undertaking an artistic residency as part of the Villa Albertine, a network of arts and ideas spanning France and the United States, inspired by the great cultural bastion that was the Villa Médicis. As a French and American citizen, I am so happy to be able to participate in the strengthening of cultural ties between these two countries, and will be writing about the cultural differences between American orchestras. This residency will take me to the Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, and I will also have the opportunity to assist Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in June 2022. Thank you for la Philharmonie for making this possible.
Following an audition in March 2020, I’m delighted to have been appointed the new Assistant Conductor to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In addition to this position, I will be taking over as Music Director of the St Louis Youth Symphony Orchestra as of January 2021!
I am pleased to announce that a piece of my concert recorded with the BBC Philharmonic will be on BBC Radio 3 towards the end at around 4 pm. Gabriel Fauré – ‘Masques et Bermanesques’ Suite