Musical excellence with a unique perspective from an unusual background, powered by a deep and expressive positive energy.
Unwavering Artistic Integrity
Debashish Chaudhuri´s musical expression comes from a life of musical discovery that is unique. Born in Calcutta, India, Debashish recalls every experience with Western musical tradition as a boy filled with wonder and excitement. His journey from humble beginnings to complete immersion in a rich European repertoire is what makes his presence on the podium distinctive.
His interpretation and leadership in Dvorak’s Requiem for the finale of the 50thAntonin Dvorak Music Festival garnered universal praise, including from the musicians themselves. The passion Chaudhuri pours into his own study and preparation translates into inspiration on the podium that is irresistible and infectious.
Grounded in Tradition
He studied in India, USA, Singapore, England and in the Czech Republic, where he was the first Indian to study at the Prague Conservatory. Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti brought Debashish into his studio in the renowned Chigiana Academy of Music in Siena, Italy in 2003-04. This allowed Chaudhuri to follow the footsteps of Zubin Mehta. Following the lineage, Gianluigi Gelmetti himself studied closely under Sergiu Celibidache, Franco Ferrara and Hans Swarovsky. Chaudhuri was awarded 1st prize in the Conducting Competition of Lausanne in 2004. The following year, he was the first Indian ever to be among the finalists in the most prestigious Conducting Competition in Besancon, France.
The Czech Experience – and Beyond
Chaudhuri enjoys a close relationship with the family of Antonin Dvorak that began during his days at the Prague Conservatory. Maestro Chaudhuri serves on the governing body of the Antonin Dvorak Music Festival and as artistic advisor of International Festival of Young Concert Artists Talentinum.
He regularly conducts both Czech and international Orchestras, including:
- Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic
- PKF – Prague Philharmonia
- Brno Philharmonic
- Hradec Králové Philharmonic
- Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
- Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc
- Karlovy Vary Symphonic Orchestra
- Žilina Chamber Orchestra (Slovakia) etc.
A Fusion of Cultures
Debashish Chaudhuri’s passion for exploring symphonic music that is either inspired by India and Asia or written by Asian composers has enabled him to premiere several original programs to critical acclaim (e.g. here). He believes that Western and Eastern musical cultures in their purest and highest forms are equally able to communicate the human experience.
Chaudhuri has organized two concert tours of the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, the first Czech orchestra in India in 57 years. The tour was repeated in January 2018 and the 65 musicians again amazed the audience in New Delhi, Mumbai, Goa and Kolkata.