Philippe Auguin studied conducting in Vienna and Florence. He was the assistant conductor and musical assistant of Herbert von Karajan until 1989. From this date, Sir Georg Solti chose him as his assistant conductor for opera productions and concerts in Salzburg, Vienna, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Milan. He is the Music Director of the Washington National Opera (WNO) and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Maestro Philippe Auguin has led an extraordinary career conducting masterworks in the most prestigious opera houses and with orchestras around the world. In past seasons, he has led performances at the Metropolitan Opera,at the Vienna Staatsoper, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Australia, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Savonlinna Opera Festival. Other exceptional performances include: Teatro alla Scala’s Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Macbeth, La Forze del Destino and others; The Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s Carmen, Tosca, Un Ballo en Maschera, La Traviata, etc.; The Royal Albert Hall’s La Traviata; LA Opera’s Doktor Faust; Le Grand Théâtre de Genève’s Der Rosenkavalier; and the New Tokyo Opera’s Tannhäuser. Philippe Auguin’s broad symphonic repertoire spans the canon, reaching from early music to the emblematic works of Bruckner, Strauss, Stravinsky and Bartok, and the complete symphonic works of Gustav Mahler. Also renowned for his work with contemporary composers, Mo. Auguin has conducted pieces by Hans-Werner Henze, Peter Maxwell Davies, Aribert Reimann, Peter Ruzicka, and Pierre Boulez. In 2015, Philippe Auguin recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic the Opera sequences (La Nozze di Figaro, Turandot) used in the film Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Paramount Pictures). Maestro Auguin was made an Honorary Consul of the French Republic in 2002. For his contribution to German culture, he was awarded the Cross of Federal Merit of the German Republic in 2005.