Kirill Karabits is a Ukrainian conductor, the son of the composer and conductor Ivan Karabits. A student of piano and composition from his youth, Karabits became interested in conducting at the age of 13.
He studied at the Lysenko Music School in Kiev and the National Tchaikovsky Music Academy before moving to Vienna, where he studied at the Vienna Music College, earning his diploma for orchestral conducting in 2000. He continued his studies with Helmuth Rilling
and Peter Gulke at the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart. From 1998 to 2000, he was the assistant conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra
, and from 2002 to 2005 he served as associate conductor of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. He conducted the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra from 2005 to 2007. Starting in 2006, Karabits also guest conducted the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
, and after several appearances, became its principal conductor in 2009, with a contract projected to 2018. As of the 2016-2017 season, he also became the general music director and chief conductor for the Deutsches Nationaltheater and the Staatskapelle Weimar. Karabits has recorded for Onyx Classics
, and Haenssler
, among other labels.