Musical excellence with a unique perspective from an unusual background, powered by a deep and expressive positive energy.
Unwavering Artistic Integrity
For well over 20 years, Maestro Chaudhuri’s performances have pleased both audiences and critics alike. His interpretation and leadership in Dvorak’s Requiem for the finale of the 50thAnnual Antonin 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.
A Fresh Perspective
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 and 20 years of professional orchestral conducting experience is what makes his presence on the podium distinctive.
An Inevitable Conductor
Chaudhuri’s musical skills have been remarkable from the beginning. He played guitar and other instruments professionally as a child and once he had the opportunity to lead others in an orchestral or choral setting, his future became clear. Debashish Chaudhuri is a conductor. He founded the St. James‘ School Orchestra and the Calcutta School of Music Chamber Orchestra. He studied in India, USA, Singapore, England and in the Czech Republic, where he was the first Indian to study at the Prague Conservatory.
Grounded in Tradition
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 regularly conducts both Czech and international Orchestras, including:
- Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic
- PKF – Prague Philharmonia
- Brno Philharmonic
- Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
- Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc
- Pilsen Philharmonic
- Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava
- South Czech Philharmonic
- International Chamber Music Courses and Festival Ameropa
- Camerata Moravia
- West Bohemia Symphonic Orchestra
- Stratus Chamber Orchestra (USA)
- Orchestre de Franche-Comté (France)
- Sofia Festival Orchestra (Bulgaria)
- Imperial College Sinfonietta (UK)
- Žilina Chamber Orchestra (Slovakia)
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 works to critical acclaim. 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 tours of the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, the first Czech orchestra in India in 57 years.
A Series of Recent Triumphs
- June 2018 – Dvorak’s Requiem for the closing concert of the 50th Antonin Dvorak Music Festival (PKF-Prague Philharmonia, soloists and three choirs)
- May 2018 – Together with the town of Revnice, Debashish re-established a concert tradition in the hundred-year-old Forest Theatre, conducting the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
- March 2018 – Žilina, Slovakia debut, with an Exotic Inspirations concert
- January 2018 – Grand concert tour of 4 Indian cities, celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and Czech Republic (Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic)
- Autumn 2017 – Concert tour of birthday tribute to American singers Barbra Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald with vocal quartet Bohemia Voice (Prague-Zlin-Marianske Lazne)