Christoph Eschenbach - 9.18.2012

From 2003 till 2008, Eschenbach was the Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. During his tenure I had the pleasure of collaborating with the orchestra shooting performances, guest conductors, educational programs and portrait work. The biggest challenge was keeping my cameras as quiet as possible during performances, so we designed a custom blimp to silence my shutter.

Eschenbach was orphaned during World War II. His mother died giving birth to him; his father, a politically active anti-Nazi, was sent to the Eastern front as part of a Nazi punishment battalion where he was killed. As a result of this trauma, Eschenbach did not speak for a year, until he was asked if he wanted to play music…

In 2010 he assumed his position as Music Director of both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In this photograph, Eschenbach is accompanied by David Kim, violinist & the concertmaster for The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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