Christophe Chagnard

One of the most sought-after musicians in the Pacific Northwest, French conductor, composer and guitarist Christophe Chagnard is an all-around artist acclaimed for his finely etched performances and charismatic approach to music. Equally versed in a vast repertoire of chamber, symphonic, operatic and ballet works of all styles and periods, Chagnard has gained a reputation as an insatiable conductor who can do it all.

As co-founder of Northwest Sinfonietta in 1991, Chagnard has built what the Seattle Post-Intelligencer calls “the finest chamber orchestra in the Northwest.” Chagnard performs regularly with some of the biggest names in music, including Lynn Harrell, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Cecile Licad, Richard Stoltzman, Awadagin Pratt and Lara St. John. Chagnard is also Music Director of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra whose notable projects included a collaboration with legendary actor Michael York on the Hovhaness Centennial Celebration at Benaroya Hall and a highly acclaimed performance of Mahler’s 5th Symphony at Meany Hall.…

Christophe Chagnard Reviews:

“Maestro Christophe Chagnard, founding director of the Northwest Sinfonietta, supplies sensitive accompaniment that partners the piano perfectly in each of these true showpieces for the keyboard…” —Lawrence Devoe, Blu-Ray Definition

“The Northwest Sinfonietta is not large in numbers but more than up to the challenges of some unfamiliar music.…” —Lawrence Hansen, American Record Guide

The Northwest Sinfonia plays with expertise and rousing commitment in a recording of exceptional analog-ish warmth and sensitivity. This is truly fine stuff.” —Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition

“…a series of colourful collaborations with the Northwest Sinfonietta led by Christophe Chagnard.” —Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone Magazine

“The Northwest Sinfonietta, led by Christophe Chagnard, supplies spirited playing throughout.” —WQXR

“This is my first encounter with Cristophe Chagnard and the Northwest Sinfonietta, but they are fully equal to Fan’s aplomb, rendering this collection with a true sense of joy. … Go ahead and treat yourself.” —Fanfare Magazine