Conductor, composer, pianist, and author, Frédéric Chaslin was born in Paris and educated at the Paris Conservatoire and the Salzburg Mozarteum.

Frédéric Chaslin divides his conducting activities equally between operatic and symphonic performances.


In the summer of 2022, Frédéric Chaslin made his debut in a staged production at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where he led Ponchielli’s La Gioconda.

Opera engagements in the 2022/23 season include his return to La Scala with a new staging of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Lakmé at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège and Tosca at the Tokyo Spring Festival, while on the concert platform, he appears in cities such as Paris, Brussels, Marseille, Lisbon, Trieste, Bologna and Bolzano.


Frédéric Chaslin became an assistant of Daniel Barenboim from 1987 to 1989 at the Orchestre de Paris and Bayreuth Festival, in 1989 he became Pierre Boulez’s assistant at the Ensemble Intercontemporain until 1991.

He became successively Music Director of the Opera in Rouen (1991-94), the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (1998-2001), the Mannheim Nationaltheater (2004-2007), the Santa Fe Opera (2009-2013) and for his second tenure, the Jerusalem Symphony (2011-2019).

At the opera, he conducted New York Metropolitan (since 2002), Los Angeles Opera, Berlin Deutsche Oper, Munich Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as Leipzig, Dresden, Madrid, Bologna, Roma, Venice, Torino, Tokyo, Oslo, Copenhagen.

Frédéric Chaslin made his Austrain debuts in 1993 at the Bregenzer Festspiele for Nabucco (93, 94) and Fidelio (95, 96). Since 1997, he is a regular guest conductor at the Vienna State Opera where he conducted nearly 250 performances of 34 different titles, as well as concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic as a conductor and as a pianist (September 2001, Beethoven 5th piano concerto. Paril 2018, Mahler’s 5th Symphony).

Major recent appearances were two new productions of Tales of Hoffman in Dresden and Copenhagen. In the symphonic repertoire, he’s conducted all major french orchestras (Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra National, Radio-France Philharmonic, Paris Opera Orchestra), the Milan Scala Philharmonic, Torino Rai, Manchester Hallé, London Philharmonia, London Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Spain National Orchestra, Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra (Lisbon), Israel Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic.

He performed several piano concertos as a conductor/pianist (Ravel 2 piano concertos, Beethoven 5 piano concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic, Mozart K488 with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra).

As a composer, Frederic Chaslin is published by Universal Edition, Vienna, with over 250 works including 5 operas, and over 72 melodies in several cycles for voices, chamber music, symphonic music, and piano music.

As an author, Frédéric Chaslin wrote an essay, Music in Every Sense, published in Paris (France-Empire) and Germany (Böhlau) and available in English on Kindle. and in October 2017 he released a novel based on the life of Gustav Mahler, Being Gustav Mahler, (Fayard, Paris) together with his own orchestration of Mahler’s 10th symphony that has been premiered on Nov 30th, 2018, with the Zagreb Philharmonic.


Frédéric Chaslin and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian – Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 3 – Feb. 2023

Frédéric Chaslin – The Prague Symphony by W. A. Mozart / Apollon Musagète by I. Stravinsky at Teatro alla Scala di Milano – 2022


Faust by Charles Gounod at the La Fenice Opera House, Venice – 2021

”Quant à la direction de Frédéric Chaslin, elle s’avère comme toujours irréprochable.”
– Louis-Julien Nicolaou, Télérama (edition 3766, 16/03/22)

La bohème by Giacomo Puccini at the Metropolitan Opera – 2008

”The French conductor Frédéric Chaslin led a lithe, aptly paced reading of the score and vividly illuminated the rapidly changing character of the music, from its moments of jaunty cheer to its sweepingly lyrical climaxes.”
– Vivien Schweizer, New York Times