Musical excellence with a unique perspective from an unusual background, powered by a deep and expressive positive energy.
Debashish Chaudhuri´s musical expression comes from a life of musical discovery that is unique. His journey from beginnings in India to a complete immersion in European culture has resulted in a conductor with a very original blend, depth and temperament with an enormous scale of repertoire that makes his presence on the podium distinctive. Besides the regular repertoire he passionately explores music that is either inspired by India and Asia or written by Asian composers (see videos and programs). This has enabled him to premiere a number of original programs and recordings to critical acclaim including CD Mayers Concertos with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (see video).
He has worked and regularly works with both Czech and international Orchestras, including:
- Martinu Czech Philharmonic
- PKF – Prague Philharmonia
- Brno Philharmonic
- BBC National Orchestra of Wales
- Žilina Chamber Orchestra (Slovakia)
- Hradec Králové Philharmonic
- Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
- Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc
- Karlovy Vary Symphonic Orchestra etc.
Born in Calcutta India, Debashish Chaudhuri was the first Indian to study at the Prague Conservatory. From then Chaudhuri enjoys a close relationship with the family of Antonin Dvorak. He won the scholarship at the Chigiana Academy of Music in Siena, Italy in 2003 and 2004, studying directly under Gianluigi Gelmetti whose mentors included Sergiu Celibidache, Franco Ferrara and Hans Swarovsky. Chaudhuri is the only Indian to have studied at the academy since Zubin Mehta. He was awarded 1st prize in the Conducting Competition of Lausanne in 2004. The following year, he was among the finalists in the prestigious Conducting Competition of Besancon, France, remaining professionally active in the Central Europe ever since.
Chaudhuri serves on the governing body of the Antonin Dvorak Music Festival, is a Petrof Family Artist and main artistic advisor of The International Festival of Young Concert Artists Talentinum. In 2016 and 2018 Chaudhuri took 65 musicians of The Martinu Czech Philharmonic on concert tours to India, the only Indian conductor to have achieved this rare distinction since Mehta. It was also the first Czech orchestra in India after 57 years! In January 2021 he was awarded The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award for his contribution to Art and Culture by the President of India. It is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians. Shortly after he was awarded the Czech National Medal of Merit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic for his contribution to diplomacy. In July 2022 Chaudhuri led the Moravian Philharmonic to a concert tour to Croatia at the occassion of Czech EU Council presidency.