Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits was born in Kyiv on 26 December 1978. His father was composer and conductor Ivan Fedorovych Karabyts. He studied at the Lysenko Music School and the National Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Kyiv, at the Vienna Musikhochschule and the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart.
From 1998 until 2000 he was assistant conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and was associate conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 2002 until 2005. Since 2009, he has been principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and was the first Ukrainian to be principal conductor of a professional UK orchestra.
Classical music news - Donatella Flick Conducting Competition - The deadline for the 2021 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition has been extended until 13 August 2020
Ensemble. Collective Talent - Mike Wheeler marvels at The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
CD Spotlight. First Class - Prokofiev symphonies, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... Karabits has a real empathy with Prokofiev ...'
CD Spotlight. War and Peace - Music by Karabits and Silvestrov, heard by Howard Smith. 'Another enterprising feather in Naxos' richly plumaged cap.'
Ensemble. Brilliant Throughout - Kirill Karabits conducts the RPO, reviewed by Bill Newman
Ensemble. Orchestral Story-telling - Mike Wheeler listens to Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov and Khachaturian from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra