Biography

The Dresden-born conductor gained international attention with his sensational substitutions at short notice of Valery Gergiev in the “Ring of the Nibelung” (Wagner) and “Parsifal” at the MARIINSKY THEATRE St.Petersburg and “Lohengrin” at the BASTILLE.

After his studies of violin, trumpet, piano and choir conducting and his studies at the Music University “Carl Maria von Weber” (orchestra conducting), as well as numerous master classes (e.g. with Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Miltiades Caridis, Ilya Musin, Valery Gergiev) he was accepted for the FÖRDERPROGRAMM DIRIGENTENFORUM DES DEUTSCHEN MUSIKRATES (a promotion program for young conductors).

At the beginning of his international activities he won numerous conductor contests (Wettbewerb der Europäischen Gemeinschaft “Franco Capuana” Spoleto, Italy; “Bottega” Treviso, Italy ; Internationales Dirgentenforum Hamm etc.).

From 1998 to 2002 he was Austria’s youngest chief conductor at the STADTTHEATER KLAGENFURT. Other Music Director’s positions include the Ekaterinburg Opera House (Russia) and the Finnish National Opera Helsinki (until 2016).

Since 2002 he has been Permanent Guest Conductor of the MARIINSKY THEATRE St. Petersburg (The Ring of the Nibelung, Parsifal, Tristan and Isolde, Flying Dutchman, Lohengrin, Falstaff, Don Carlo, Aida, La Traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, Elektra, Frau ohne Schatten, Ariadne auf Naxos, Lucia di Lammermoor etc.).

Since 2010 he conducts regularly at VIENNA STAATSOPER (Eugene Onegin, Boris Godunov, Ariadne auf Naxos, Rigoletto, Nabucco, Werther, La Cenerentola, Il Barbiere di Siviglia etc.) Next season he will conduct there “Khovanshchina” and “Magic Flute”.

Since August 2013 he is Chief Conductor at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki, where he conducted works such as Verdi’s “Don Carlo” and “Aida”, Puccini’s “La Bohème” and “Turandot”, Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier”, Shostakovich’s “Nose”, Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” and Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”.

He has also performed at the opera houses in Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Prague, Moscow, Washington, Paris, Madrid, Lissabon, Tokyo, Naples, Venice etc. and with orchestras like Israel Philharmonic, Dresdner Staatskapelle, Radiosymphony Munich, Rai Torino, Russian Natiuonal Philharmonic, Swedish Radiosymphony etc.

Commitments in the naxt season include an entire “Ring”-Cycle in March 2017 at the “Mariinsky” St.Petersburg, several performances of “Die Frau ohne Schatten” at the same theatre, “Khovanshchina” at Vienna Staatsoper, “Don Giovanni” in Lausanne etc.

He conducts a vast repertoire, his multilingualism (native German speaker, excellent Italian, French, Russian and English) and his long-standing activity at Italian, Russian and French opera houses and orchestras are prerequisites for authentic interpretations in the most eminent parts of the international opera repertoire.

Remarkable also his stilistic versatility, from early baroque music to the contemporary repertoire. He collaborates regularly with first-rate orchestras, choirs and soloists in the tradition of the „historically informed“ movement (Concerto Köln, Cappella Coloniensis), as well as with regular symphonic orchestras.

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