Christian Thielemann began his professional career in 1978 as a rehearsal pianist at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Following posts in Gelsenkirchen, Karlsruhe and Hanover he joined the conducting staff of Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf in 1985. In 1988 he moved to Nuremberg to become Germany’s youngest music director. He returned to the Deutsche Oper in Berlin in 1997, holding the position of music director for seven years. He was music director at the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra from 2004 to 2011. Christian Thielemann has been principal conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle since the beginning of the 2012/13 season. In addition, he became artistic director of the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2013.
Christian Thielemann's interpretations of German Romantic opera and concert repertoire have attracted worldwide attention. He made his Bayreuth debut in 2000 and has since returned to the Festival for every subsequent season. Thie¬lemann was voted conductor of the year by Opernwelt magazine for his work on Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Salzburg Festival in 2011.
Christian Thielemann's Brahms cycle with the Staatskapelle Dresden will be issued both on CD and DVD. He has also made a complete recording of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic..
Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and was given an honorary doctorate from the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar and the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.