One of the most sought-after musicians in the Pacific Northwest, French conductor, composer and guitarist Christophe Chagnard is an all-around artist acclaimed for his finely etched performances and charismatic approach to music. Equally versed in a vast repertoire of chamber, symphonic, operatic and ballet works of all styles and periods, Chagnard has gained a reputation as an insatiable musician with a broad creative breadth and vision. Chagnard co-founded the award-winning Northwest Sinfonietta which he led to great heights for 24 years. He is currently Music Director of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra (LUCO), one of the finest symphony orchestras of its kind in the Northwest. His latest compositions Opre Roma! Embargo and Terra Nostra have received critical acclaim.
He is currently working on a new commission by Music of Remembrance based on the Japanese relocation and internments in the U.S. during WW II and to be premiered in the spring of 2018.
When he is not on the podium or composing, Chagnard can be found playing jazz guitar with the highly experimental and popular TOUCHÉ quintet which he founded.