Carl St. Clair has been music director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years, an orchestra he has a close relationship with and which he has built up and given its renown today. It is the largest orchestra in the USA among those which have been founded in the past 50 years. From 2008 to 2010, Carl
St. Clair was music director of the Komische Oper Berlin. There he directed numerous symphony concerts as well as successful new productions of “La Traviata” (director Hans Neuenfels), the premiere of Christian Jost’s “Hamlet” and a new production of Reimann’s “Lear” (director Hans Neuenfels) which was praised by critics and the public and championed by the composer.
Carl St. Clair was music director of the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle in Weimar from 2005 to 2008. There he initiated and conducted a highly-praised new production of the complete “Ring”. From 1998 to 2005, Carl St. Clair was a guest conductor of the SWR Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, with whom he recorded the complete symphonies of Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Carl St. Clair is a regular guest conductor of many important orchestras worldwide. In the US, he has conducted the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Detroit, Atlanta and Houston Symphonies. In Germany he has conducted the radio orchestras of Frankfurt, Cologne, Hannover, Hamburg and Leipzig as well as the Frankfurt Museumsorchester.
As a champion of contemporary music, Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra have commissioned leading composers of our time such as Philip Glass, William Bolcom and
Among the many honours that Carl St.Clair has received, the “National Endowment for the Arts – Seaver Conductors Award”, the highest national honour in the US, is worth mentioning.
Carl St. Clair studied opera and orchestral conducting at the University of Texas with Walter Ducloux, a student of Felix Weingartner and Wilhelm Furtwängler. Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur are among his musical mentors.