Christopher Dragon, conductor

Australian conductor Christopher Dragon is in his third season as the Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony and continues his position as Principal Guest Conductor with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. For three years Mr. Dragon previously held the position of Assistant Conductor with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, which gave him the opportunity to work closely with Principal Conductor Asher Fisch.

Mr. Dragon works regularly in Australia and has conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. His 2015 debut performance at the Sydney Opera House with Josh Pyke and the Sydney Symphony has been released on CD by ABC Music. In 2017 Mr. Dragon returned to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for a subscription concert. In 2016 he also made his Brazilian conducting debut with the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre.

He has also conducted at numerous festivals including the Breckenridge and Bangalow Music Festivals, with both resulting in immediate re-invitations. At the beginning of 2016 Mr. Dragon conducted Wynton Marsalis' Swing Symphony as part of the Perth International Arts Festival alongside Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra.

In 2014, out of 100 international applicants, Mr. Dragon was invited to conduct the Princess Galyani Vadhana Youth Orchestra in Thailand and earlier that year participated in the Järvi Winter Academy in Estonia where he was awarded the Orchestra's Favorite Conductor Prize.

Christopher Dragon began his conducting studies in 2011 and was a member of the prestigious Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program in Australia under the guidance of course director Christopher Seaman. He has also studied with numerous distinguished conductors including Leonid Grin, Paavo and Neeme Järvi at the Järvi Summer Festival, Fabio Luisi at the Pacific Music Festival and conducting pedagogue Jorma Panula.