Jean Christophe Charron

A conductor and a pianist, Jean-Christophe Charron accomplished his studies in piano, chamber music and accompaniement at the National Conservatoire of Bordeaux (France) and Boulogne-Billancout (Paris) with Alain Motard and Marie-Paule Siruguet. He graduated in orchestration and higher theory at the Superior National Conservatoire of Paris, before concluding his studies with a postgraduate degree in conducting at the Royal Academy of Music of London (Postgraduate diploma with distinction) under the guidance of Colin Metters. He attended conducting masterclasses with Sir Colin Davis, Ilya Musin, George Hurst (London), Lothar Zagrosek (Academia Chigiana, Siena), Salvador Mas Conde (Wiener Meisterkurse, Vienna) and Jörg Bierhance (Freiburger Dirigentenakademie, Vidin).
Since 2006 he appears regularly as a conductor with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and the Thessaloniki Municipality Symphony Orchestra (Northern Greece). He is as well a conductor and a vocal coach at the Opera of Thessaloniki and the Thessaloniki Auditorium. In 2007 he conducted the production of Carl Orff’s “Die Kluge” at the Opera of Thessaloniki.
As a chamber musician he performed in the UK, in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, Greece and Taiwan. He was an accompanist for the masterclasses of Cheryl Studer, Gary Hoffman, Christa Ludwig, Gidon Kremer, Kurt Equiluz, Laurent Pillot (European Opera Centre), for the Pablo Casals Festival (Prades, France) and many others. As a pianist he is a member of the “Orpheus Soloists”. From 2000 until 2005 he was a chamber music teacher at the National Conservatoire of Cergy (Paris) and at the “Rencontres Musicales d’Arcachon” festival in France. He is a piano teacher, a conductor, a choir master and an accompanist at the “Neo Odeio” conservatoire in Thessaloniki and the “Idimelon” conservatoire in Polygyros (Greece).