|KLAUS ARP, CONDUCTOR (FRANKFURT-VIENNA)|
Klaus Arp studied piano, composition, and conducting at the Staatliche Musikhochschule near his birthplace of Hamburg. An accomplished instrumentalist, Maestro Arp plays many instruments such as harpsichord, organ, trumpet, flute, double bass, and sitar, among others. He enjoys the classical, jazz, Asian, and minimalist genres. As pianist and assistant conductor at the Hamburg Staatsoper, he made his debut conducting Bernstein's West Side Story. For 30 years he has conducted throughout Germany's opera houses and as the Chief Conductor of the South West German Radio Orchestra, Kaiserslautern (SWR). In 1981, Maestro Arp was appointed Principal Conductor of the Rheinische Philharmonie and the Koblenz Opera House, which performed his opera Ogygia for its 200th anniversary. In 1993, he was appointed conducting chair at the Staatliche Musikhochschule, Heidelberg-Mannheim. His chamber opera for Berlin's "Neuköllner Oper" premiered in September 2004. Maestro Arp conducts regularly in Croatia, Bulgaria, South Korea, and worldwide. He first appeared with Salute to Vienna in 2001 in New York and Philadelphia, and has since conducted Salute to Vienna performances in Toronto, Chicago, Montreal, and Washington, DC.
|DANIEL BEYER, CONDUCTOR (MUNICH)|
After studying at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Munich with Otmar Suitner and Franco Ferrara, Daniel Beyer immediately received engagements at houses in Würzburg, Oldenburg, Brünn, Macerata and Buenos Aires. He became Resident Conductor first at Brandenburgische Staatstheater and, in 2004-2005, at Theater Ulm in Germany. He collaborated with renowned singers such as Peter Seiffert, Edith Wiens and Wolfgang Brendel as well as international orchestras including the Czech State Philharmonic Brno, the Munich Radio Orchestra, and the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra. Beyer has won critical acclaim for his interpretations of Bruckner and Mahler symphonies, and is a premiere operetta conductor. He has toured extensively and recorded for radio and television. Daniel Beyer has been Artistic Consultant and Conductor of the Vienna Johann Strauss Gala since 1999 as well as Musical Director of the Vienna Franz Lehár Gala, which makes Maestro Beyer an excellent conductor for Salute to Vienna.
Though he is not an artist for Salute to Vienna 2011, we are proud of Daniel Beyer's past performances and the many high caliber artists we currently present.
|ANDRÁS DEÁK, CONDUCTOR (BUDAPEST)|
|András Deák studied piano and composition at the Béla Bartók Vocational Secondary School for Music and then graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in his hometown of Budapest. Between 1985 and 1991 he was the Music Director of the Salgótarján Symphony Orchestra and has been the principal Conductor of the Danube Symphony Orchestra since 1991. In 1995 Mr. Deák was named one of Hungary's best conductors in Hungarian Television's János Ferencsik International Conductor's Competition. Maestro Deák has appeared in major concert halls with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Chicago Civic Opera Orchestra. Since 2000 he has been a popular guest conductor of the Salute to Vienna concert series, having conducted at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, New York's Lincoln Center, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. |
|MIKA EICHENHOLZ, CONDUCTOR (STOCKHOLM)|
|Swedish conductor Mika Eichenholz made his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 1989 after studying with Prof. Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. The same year he was awarded First Prize at the Swedish Competition for Conductors. In 1990 he replaced Neeme Järvi on very short notice during an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra tour, launching an international career. Maestro Eichenholz is a frequent guest conductor in Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, The Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Austria, Chile, and Brazil. He has regularly toured Europe with the Kazan State Opera conducting Verdi's Nabucco, Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles, and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. Recent engagements have included concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and the Hamburger Symphoniker as well as opera tours in Holland. Of special note: last March Maestro Eichenholz made a successful debut with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra as musical leader and conductor of the production Nordlichter, eine Sibelius Phantasie at the Haus für Mozart in Salzburg.|
|MATTHIAS FLETZBERGER, CONDUCTOR (VIENNA)|
The musical talent of the born Viennese was discovered at the age of 5, when he was accepted as a student of the University of Music in Vienna in Violin and piano. Aged 12 he won the first prize at the Austrian Youth Competition "Jugend musiziert" and was accepted to the concert class of Hans Graf in the same year.
Fletzberger won top prizes at international piano competitions, including the "Busoni" (Bolzano 1984), "Rubinstein" (Tel Aviv), and "Bösendorfer" (Vienna 1988) competitions. His career took him to all continents as soloist playing more than 1.000 concerts in only five years.
By recommendation of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Rolf Liebermann - the legendary Intendant of the opera houses in Hamburg and Paris - and with the support of his teachers Ferdinand Leitner und Carl Melles Fletzberger started a second career as a conductor. Within a short period of time he acquired a huge repertoire in Salzburg ("Figaro" with Peter Ustinov), the Prague State Opera, the Vienna Festival and the Stadttheater St. Gallen (Switzerland) until 1999.
Following a ten-year time-out he decided to return to the classical music scene in 2009, when Fletzberger started his comeback as a classical pianist and conductor.
Né à Vienne, Matthias Fletzberger a été enseigné à l'âge de 5 ans à l'Université de Musique de Vienne en piano et violon. À l'âge de 12 ans, il a gagné les nationaux de musique de la concurrence "Jeunes Musiciens» et a étudié dans la classe de concert de professeur Hans Graf.
Matthias Fletzberger a remporté d'importants concours internationaux de piano ("Busoni" à Bolzano, " Rubinstein " à Tel-Aviv, " Bösendorfer " à Vienne) - en tant que soliste, il a joué dans 5 ans un total d'environ 1.000 concerts sur tous les continents.
Motivé par Elisabeth Schwarzkopf et Rolf Liebermann, le légendaire réalisateur des opéras de Hambourg et Paris, il se tourna vers le théâtre. Parmi ses professeurs, entre autres Ferdinand Leitner et Carl Melles.
Il a débuté en 1986 à Salzbourg ("Figaro ", réalisé par Peter Ustinov). Il était directeur musical du „Jugenstiltheater" à Vienne (1989-1992), il a dirigé au Festival de Vienne, à l'Opéra d'Etat de Prague et au Théâtre Municipal de St. Gallen (Suisse). Il a également été directeur musical du Festival de Klosterneuburg de 1995 à 1999. D'autres apparitions ont été faites en Autriche, Allemagne, Italie, Canada et la Géorgie.
Après une interruption de dix ans Fletzberger à fait son retours à la musique classique en 2009 et a de nouveau du grand succès sur les scènes du monde entier en tant que pianiste et chef d'orchestre.
|SASCHA GÖETZEL, CONDUCTOR (VIENNA)|
Sascha Göetzel first trained as a violinist, graduating with honors from the University of Graz in Austria. He immediately joined the ranks of the Vienna Philharmonic, working with many of the world's greatest conductors and receiving tutelage from such renowned maestros as Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti. His extraordinary talent earned him invitations to the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival by the acclaimed Seiji Ozawa, and the famous Sibelius Academy. As a conductor, Mr. Göetzel has led the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera, and the Vienna Volksoper, as well as famous orchestras in several countries internationally. His conducting has spanned a wide range of repertoire including several world premieres and he has made numerous television and radio broadcasts. Mr. Göetzel has collaborated with notable soloists including Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Thomas Hampson. Several of his arrangements have been recorded and released by Deutsche Grammophon and BMG.
Though he is not an artist for Salute to Vienna 2011, we are proud of Sascha Göetzel's past performances and the many high caliber artists we currently present.
|IMRE KOLLÁR, CONDUCTOR (BUDAPEST)|
|One of Hungary's most dynamic young conductors, Imre Kollár received his conducting diploma from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. He began his career as Assistant Conductor of the Hungarian State Opera in the early 90s, quickly moving into the position of Principal Conductor of the Dohnányi Symphony Youth Orchestra and assisting Maestro Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi at the Hungarian State Symphony. In 1993 he won first prize at the Treviso International Conductors Competition and in 1997 was a finalist in the Bonn International Conductors Competition. Since 1994 he has been the Music Director of the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra and recently accepted an appointment with the MÁV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest. He is an esteemed interpreter of Mozart, Bartók, and Kodály. Maestro Kollár has recorded Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi and Bruckner's Symphony No.4. He continues to be a well-liked guest conductor for Salute to Vienna.|
|GUIDO MANCUSI, CONDUCTOR (VIENNA)|
|Born in Naples, Guido Mancusi's auspicious musical future began as he studied piano under his father and toured with the Vienna Boys' Choir as a soprano soloist. He then studied composition under Erich Urbanner and conducting under Karl Österreicher at the Vienna University of Music. After serving as assistant to Riccardo Muti at La Scala and to Adam Fischer at the Bayreuth Festival, he conducted premieres at the Vienna Volksoper and the Vienna Kammeroper. From 1988 to 1996 Maestro Mancusi was Music Director of the Chorus Viennensis, winning first place and best interpretation at the International Franz Schubert Male Choir Competition in Vienna. From 1998 to 2002 he was chief conductor of the Schloss Schönbrunn Chamber Orchestra, focusing on Viennese classics. Additionally he is a permanent guest conductor of the Slovakian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Concert Orchestra, the Wiener Salonorchester and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León. In 2002 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Landestheater Klagenfurt. Maestro Mancusi returns to Salute to Vienna after several previous performances.|
|ANDREAS MITISEK, CONDUCTOR (VIENNA)|
|Andreas Mitisek is Artistic and General Director of Long Beach Opera and General Director of Chicago Opera Theater. A native of Austria, he served as Music Director of the Wiener Operntheater from 1990 - 1997, the foremost contemporary opera company in Austria. Mr. Mitisek has conducted at the Wiener Volksoper, the Komische Oper in Berlin, the festival "Wien Modern", the Vienna Konzerthaus and Vienna Musikverein, and others. He is also sought after as a guest conductor in North America, leading productions for the Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Vancouver Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of St. Louis amongst others. Mitisek has been named by Opera News as one of the 25 names that will be a major force in the field of opera in the coming decade. Mitisek was named a LA Tastemaker by LA Times Magazine in 2009.|
|NIELS MUUS, CONDUCTOR (VIENNA)|
|Conductor and pianist Niels Muus was born in Pennsylvania and educated at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Conservatorio San Martino in Bologna, Mozarteum in Salzburg, and California State University under the tutelage of Franco Ferrara, Carlo Zecchi, Tatjana Nikolajewna and Jaok Gimpel. From 1992 to 1999 as Principal Conductor at the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck he conducted a prolific variety of traditional works as well as premiered Ruud Langgaard's Antikrist, selected as Critics Choice for the best opera recording of 2000 in Gramophone magazine. From 1999 to 2003, he was Conductor and Casting Director of Vienna's Volksoper. An expert in Italian opera, Maestro Muus is sought worldwide for major productions. He is jury chairman for the Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestra's Concurso de Composición Musical. In 2005, his piano recording La Pastorella was nominated for the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik. Maestro Muus is returning again to Salute to Vienna to bring his esteemed conducting ability to the stages of North America.|
|TOMMASO PLACIDI, CONDUCTOR (VIENNA)|
|After studying the piano at the Geneva Conservatory with Louis Hiltbrand and Maria Tipo, Tommaso Placidi studied conducting with Otmar Suitner at the Vienna Music Academy as well as with Guennadi Rozhdestvensky and Ferdinand Leitner at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna. Maestro Placidi is highly renowned winner of Besançon International Conducting Competition, Donatella Flick Conducting Competition (London) and the Cesare Alfieri Prize. |
In May 2006 he conducted Gounod's Roméo et Juliette at the Spoleto Festival in the US with Nicole Cabell, the 2005 winner of Cardiff Singer of the World which followed his his debut in China conducting the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra with cellist Nina Kotova.
Tommaso Placidi has performed with numerous orchestras across Europe, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg, Liège and Luxembourg Philharmonics, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, RAI Turin, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and many others. His conducting of the new productions of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and l'Elisir d'Amore at the Holland Park Festival in London was widely acclaimed.
Always greatly interested in contemporary works, he conducted the world première of The Creatures Indoors by Stephen Montague with the London Symphony Orchestra and of Cori Spezzati by Michel Fourgon with the Liège Philharmonic. In 2007 he also conducted Le Petit Prince by Fabio Maffei with the Wroclaw Philharmonic.
Tommaso Placidi has recorded with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the NDR Hannover with clarinettist Steven Kanoff (ASV label) as well as with the Craïova Symphony Orchestra and the Castagneri Quartet.
|HANS RICHTER, CONDUCTOR (VIENNA-MUNICH)|
Great-grandson of the famous master Hans Richter, conductor of several premieres such as Wagner's Ring Cycle in Bayreuth, Brahms Second Symphony and Third Symphony, nd Bruckner's Fourth Symphony, and Eighth Symphony, Hans Richter studied under Herbert von Karajan, Kurt Masur and Sergiu Celibidache. He went on to receive awards at the International Conductor's Competition of Hungarian television in Budapest, the Prize of Support of Music of Munich, and the Prize of Audience while assisting von Karajan. In 1984 Mr. Richter became a first conductor of the Municipal Theater in Biel while also assistant conducting for The New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He has lead many renowned orchestras such as the Bavarian Broadcasting Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra NDR Hamburg, Bavarian Symphonists, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Tokyo. Hans Richter has extensively toured Germany, France, Switzerland, and around the world with orchestras such as the Smetana Philharmonic Orchestra Prague, the West Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic of North Bohemia Teplice, Philharmonic Orchestra Budapest, Hungarian Symphonic Orchestra Miskolc, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pecs, and Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra. His crowning achievement was conducting the opening concert of the Wiener Festwochen leading Friedrich Gulda.
Though he is not an artist for Salute to Vienna 2011, we are proud of Hans Richter's past performances and the many high caliber artists we currently present.
|BERNHARD SCHNEIDER, CONDUCTOR (VIENNA)|
|At the Vienna Conservatory of Music and at the city's Hochschule für Musik, he studied violin and conducting. He was a member of the Arnold Schönberg choir in Vienna and played as a member in various Viennese orchestras. Currently Maestro Schneider works as a vocal coach and assistant chorus director at the Vienna State Opera. He has appeared as the featured guest conductor in the festivals of St. Gallen, Lockenhaus, and Salzburg. In addition, Mr. Schneider regularly conducts concerts that feature the music of the Strauss dynasty in Hungary, Italy, Mexico and Japan. |
Mr. Schneider made his Salute to Vienna debut in 2001 in Hamilton and, since then, has conducted performances in Detroit, Hamilton, Kitchener, Winnipeg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Edmonton and Calgary.
Bernhard Schneider will host the Salute to Vienna performance this year in Chicago and Vancouver. Currently a vocal coach at the Vienna State Opera, he has also appeared as the featured guest conductor in the festivals of St. Gallen, Lockenhaus, and Salzburg, and regularly conducts concerts that feature the music of the Strauss dynasty in Hungary, Italy, Mexico and Japan.
|CHRISTIAN SCHULZ, CONDUCTOR (VIENNA)|
|Born into a family of well-known Viennese musicians, Christian Schulz studied violoncello and conducting at Vienna's University of Music and has performed as a chamber musician and soloist with many organizations. He is currently Artistic Director of the Mozart Collegium Vienna, Principal Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Arad, and is also engaged with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Together with musicians from the Vienna Symphony, he founded the Ambassade Orchestra Vienna, and leads the ensemble as its Chief Conductor. Maestro Schulz has conducted major orchestras, including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Tonkünstler Orchestra, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatsphilharmonie Halle, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, and the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic. Since 2001 he has also conducted concerts and opera productions at the Bregenz Festival and since 2007 has been Guest Conductor at the Wiener Volksoper. Maestro Schulz has appeared with Salute to Vienna previously in Vancouver, Montreal, Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, and Florida.|
Austrian conductor Peter Sommerer's wealth of symphonic and conducting acclaim has established him as a premiere maestro of this era. At the age of 12, he was the youngest chorus master at the Austrian choir competition for youth choirs. His studies began in violin and music theory at the Anton Bruckner Conservatory, and continued at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Mr. Sommerer has conducted the Junges Orchester Wien through several tours of Europe and Japan, and conducted at the Neue Oper Wien, known for its productions of contemporary operas. Since 2002, Maestro Sommerer has worked as assistant conductor at European opera houses including the Vienna State Opera, German State Opera Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, and the National theatre Munich and since as conductor at the Theatre of Osnabrueck as well as throughout Germany and Austria. His repertoire includes not only symphonic literature and German romantic operas, but also lighter operas and operettas by Johann Strauss, Jr. and Franz Lehár.
Though he is not an artist for Salute to Vienna 2011, we are proud of Peter Sommerer's past performances and the many high caliber artists we currently present.
|ALEXANDER STEINITZ, CONDUCTOR (VIENNA)|
|Alexander Steinitzitz began musical training at the Carl Orff Institute of the Music University Mozarteum in Salzburg before studying at the Austrian University for Music and Performing Arts. He perfected his conducting skills at Yale University. Alexander Steinitzitz has led some 50 orchestras worldwide, such as the Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Halle Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the New Haven Chamber Orchestra, the Braunschweig State Orchestra, the Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Magdeburg Philharmonic, and the Vienna Chamber Soloists. Maestro Steinitz's awards include the "Forum of Young Artists' Prize," the International Conducting Forum, and "Debut im Deutschlandfunk." He has conducted at Vienna Volksoper, Staatstheater Kassel, Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Opernhaus Chemnitz, State Theater of Braunschweig, Innsbruck, Osnabrück, Magdeburg. He has conducted Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Eugene Onegin, Tannhäuser, L'elisire d'Amore, La bohème, Tosca, The Flying Dutchman, Carmen, Fidelio, Die Fledermaus, Die Lustige Witwe, Die Zauberflöte, Land of Smiles, La forza del destino, and Salome as well as over 300 concerts and an interpretation of Orpheus and Eurydice nominated for the "Deutsche Theaterpreis."|
|GERHARD TRACK, CONDUCTOR (VIENNA)|
|The Viennese conductor and composer Gerhard Track began his career as the youngest member and subsequently the youngest conductor of the world famous Vienna Boys Choir. His numerous appointments have included 28 years in Minnesota and Colorado as a music director of symphony orchestras and choirs as well as professorships at St. Johns University in Minnesota and the University of Southern Colorado. In 1986, Maestro Track returned to Vienna as conductor and music director of the Orchestra Pro Musica International, the Vienna Serenade Orchestra, the Vienna Male Choral Society, and the Choral Society Young-Vienna. As guest conductor, he has led symphony orchestras in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, the USA, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, and Sweden. Along with his classical and contemporary repertoire, he specializes in popular Viennese music by Johann Strauss, Franz Lehar, Robert Stolz, and Emerich Kalmans. A frequent guest conductor for Salute to Vienna, Maestro Track is also in constant demand worldwide.|