Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Staatsoper Hamburg

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

Villa Abertine Resident Spring 2022


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.




Assistant Conductor to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

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!