Musical Director : Christopher Dragon

Chris Dragon

In 2013 Christopher was appointed Assistant Conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra(WASO). As WASO’s first Assistant Conductor, Chris has the unique opportunity to develop his skills by working closely with Principal Conductor Asher Fisch and other guest artists. The position also provides him with numerous engagements with the orchestra which this year included recording compositions by the Australian composer, Lachlan Skipworth.

Since beginning his conducting studies in 2011 Christopher’s profile has expanded internationally and is currently a student of Leonid Grin. From 100 international applicants, Chris was chosen to conduct the Princess Galyani Vadhana Youth Orchestra in Thailand and earlier this year participated in the Jarvi Winter Academy in Estonia where he was awarded the Orchestra’s Favourite Conductor Prize. Last year Christopher participated in the Jarvi Summer Academy and studied with Leonid Grin, Paavo Jarvi and Neeme Jarvi. Christopher was the only conductor to conduct in all three concerts, which included sharing the final festival concert with Neeme Jarvi. In 2012 Christopher was invited by Fabio Luisi, Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, as a Conducting Fellow to the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the following year was invited to the Zurich Opera House.

Christopher is a member of the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program through which he has worked with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and Sydney Sinfonia under the guidance of course director Christopher Seaman and their chief conductors.

As well as being appointed as Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in 2012 he is also currently the Musical Director of the South Side Symphony Orchestra, Operabox, his co-founded orchestra the Swan Philharmonic and regularly conducts for the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the West Australian Youth Orchestra.