Kirill Karabits was appointed principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 2009, his contract extended to the end of the 2015/16 season. In August 2011 he took the orchestra to the BBC Proms for the second time under his direction, and they have toured together to Germany. He has made a number of recordings with the orchestra, including an all-Shchedrin disc and a Khachaturian album, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 2 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Conducting engagements have included concerts with the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, as well as débuts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Danish National Symphony Orchestras. In May 2012 he conducted the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award at The Sage, Gateshead, broadcast nationwide on BBC Television. Karabits made his North American début in the 2009/10 season with the Houston Symphony, immediately followed by appearances that summer with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and at Chicago’s Grant Park and Aspen Festivals. He has also worked with the Minnesota and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra Washington and the Cleveland Orchestra. Work in the opera house has included engagements at Glyndebourne, the Hamburg State Opera and the Bolshoy Theatre.