Cristian Măcelaru

Cristian Măcelaru

Cristian Macelaru credit Adriane White

Chief Conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester, Cristian Măcelaru is one of the fast-rising conductors in classical music. In 2020 he took up the position of Music Director of the Orchestre National de France in Paris. 


    Cristian Măcelaru is also Music Director and Conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the world’s leading festival dedicated to contemporary symphonic repertoire. In summer 2020, he commenced his first season as Inaugural Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Center for the Arts. In January 2020, Măcelaru received his first Grammy Award for conducting Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

    Măcelaru has performed regularly with top American orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. He enjoys a close association with the Philadelphia Orchestra where he served three seasons as Conductor-in-Residence.

    In Europe, Măcelaru is in great demand as guest conductor with orchestras such as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Dresdner Philharmonie, Gewandhausorchester, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Hallé Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

    Măcelaru was born in Timișoara, Romania, and comes from a musi- cal family. As the youngest of ten children, he received violin lessons at an early age. His studies took him from Romania to the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, University of Miami in Florida and Rice University in Houston, where he studied conducting under Larry Rachleff.