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“There are human beings who direct and channel the power of music in such a way as to release the sounds and conduct them to the hearts of the listeners.  Such a man is Christophe Chagnard.  Through his conducting, the transcending beauty and solace of Mozart reached an audience longing for the affirmation of hope and humanity.”

Richard Stoltzman, Grammy Award-winning clarinet soloist

“Christophe Chagnard is an artist of great integrity, knowledge and imagination. What he has achieved here in the Pacific Northwest as Music Director of the Northwest Sinfonietta is quite remarkable.  He has also been highly successful as an educator and in working with the broader musical community.”

Gerard Schwarz, Conductor Laureate, Seattle Symphony

“Christophe Chagnard is a musician who is pure of heart, with enormous warmth and vitality.  His conducting is precise, and his interpretations imaginative.  His exciting and innovative programing, together with a sincere and engaging manner both as a collaborator and with audiences, make working with Christophe an altogether too-rare treat.”

Awadagin Pratt, pianist

“In my forty-plus years in the business, I have been privileged to work with some of the greatest conductors in the business including Erich Leinsdorf, Sir Georg Solti, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and many others.  As collaborator, Christophe Chagnard stacks up with the best of them. He is a musician to his fingertips dedicated to bringing out the best in each score, no matter the style or difficulty.  He is equally at home from the baroque to the most contemporary.  Christophe’s enormous experience, his ability to deal with people, and his business acumen all predict a brilliant future.”

Craig Sheppard, pianist

“Maestro Chagnard is not only a brilliant musician but he has a way of communicating his enthusiasm to his orchestra and performers.  I felt in safe, intelligent hands.  He is a delightful, erudite person who wears his considerable learning lightly.”

Michael York, legendary actor

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