Christian Zacharias (*1950) is a German pianist and conductor.Christian Zacharias studied piano with Irene Slavin and Vlado Perlemuter in Paris. He won the Geneva Competition in 1969, the Van Cliburn Competition in 1973.
After winning the Ravel Competition in Paris in 1975, he launched an international career. He has performed chamber music with such partners as the Alban Berg Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, the Leipzig String Quartet, Heinrich Schiff, and Frank Peter Zimmermann.
He made many recordings, among them a 1979 recording of 33 sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti (available on EMI classics).He began his conducting career in 1992 with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva.
He made his US debut in 2000 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Since 2002, he is principal guest conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
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