With a growing international tenure, Cristian Măcelaru is one of the most representative conductors of his generation. He began his career at the Philadelphia Orchestra, in the season 2010 – 2011 and has been appointed as assistant conductor of the same orchestra. He received the 2012 Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award.
Măcelaru studied with Larry Rachleff at Rice University, where he earned his MA in Conducting. Being a violinist at the same time, Cristian Măcelaru has been also a concertmaster at the Miami Symphony Orchestra, making his debut with the same ensemble.
He has completed his artistic education in advanced programmes at Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, he studied with David Zinman, Murry Sidlin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Robert Spano, Oliver Knussen and Stefan Asbury. He has been a conductor in residence at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, and assistant conductor of Larry Rachleff at the Opera Department. Cristian Măcelaru has been invited to conduct the Chicago Symphony as a replacement for Pierre Boulez.
With a special interest in forming and supporting new musicians, Cristian Măcelaru has founded the Crisalis Music project. He has collaborated with the symphony orchestras from Houston, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Toronto, Seattle, Detroit, as well as with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, RTE Dublin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Hallé Orchestra, Métropolitain Orchestra, Montréal. Cristian Măcelaru has successfully made his debut with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Sweden. He is currently conductor in residence at Philadelphia Philharmonic.
Opera is another genre which has always fascinated Cristian Măcelaru: he has made his debut in this field at the Houston Opera with Madama Butterfly by G. Puccini. He has also conducted the opera show Turning Point by Colin Matthew together with the Tanglewood Music Centre Orchestra.
Among his most recent successful performances are worth mentioning the concerts undertaken in the United States and Germany, together with the Danish National Orchestra. He has had an exceptional collaboration with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra and the famous violinist Anne Sophie – Mutter.
He has equally performed together with the famous New York Philharmonic in a series of concerts widely acclaimed by the audience and the critics.