Jean-Christophe Charron – Coach

A conductor and a pianist, Jean-Christophe Charron is currently Stellvertretender Chordirektor (Assistant Chorus Director) at the Komische Oper Berlin.

Mr. Charron accomplished his studies in piano, chamber music and accompaniement in France at the National Conservatoires of Bordeaux and Boulogne-Billancout (Paris) with Alain Motard and Marie-Paule Siruguet. He then graduated in orchestration and higher theory at the Superior National Conservatoire of Paris, before concluding his studies with a postgraduate degree in orchestral 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).

Between 2005 and 2014 he lived and worked in Greece where he appeared regularly as a conductor with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Thessaloniki Municipality Symphony Orchestra and the Athens State Symphony Orchestra. He was at the same time vocal coach and assistant conductor at the Opera of Thessaloniki and the Thessaloniki Auditorium.  From 2012 to 2014 he was an associate conductor at the Greek National Opera in Athens.

As a chamber musician he performed in the UK, in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, Greece and Taiwan. He was an accompanist for the instrumental and vocal 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. He has had a long and varied pedagogical activity, as a chamber music teacher, a piano teacher, a conductor and choir master for youth ensembles and as a vocal coach and accompanist (among others at the National Conservatoire of Cergy/Paris, at the “Rencontres Musicales d’Arcachon” festival in France, at the National Conservatory of Thessaloniki and the “Neo Odeio”/ Conservatoire of Thessaloniki in Greece).

From 2014 to 2016 he collaborated with the Opera Department of the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany (Universität der Künste) as a vocal coach, accompanist, arranger and conductor. Since 2016 he his a repetiteur and assistant choir director at the Komische Oper in Berlin. Since 2018 he collaborates as a coach with the Lyric Opera Studio in Weimar.