Former Phoenix Symphony Music Director Wins Grammy Award

The former Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony was awarded with his first Grammy on Sunday night.

Michael Christie won the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for his recent work with the Santa Fe Opera. He earned this award conducting the first recording of “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.” Along with Christie, producer Elizabeth Ostrow, and principal singers Sasha Cooke, Jessica E. Jones, Edward Parks, Garret Sorenson, and Wei Wu were also winners of the prestigious award.

Christie first led the performance of this opera in 2017, and the recording was released in June 2018. For the 2019-2020 season, he will be leading performances of this opera with the San Francisco Opera.

One of Christie’s roles was in the Phoenix Symphony, when he led the group from 2005 until 2013. Christie has also led the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Australia’s Queensland Orchestra. He also has served as guest conductor for many groups across the nation, from Los Angeles to Atlanta.

Christie is now based in the Twin Cities. He most recently led the Minnesota Opera as its music director from 2012 until 2018.