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Cornelius Meister
Principal Conductor and Artistic Director

[Cornelius Meister] grips the score impressively [….] and he elicits a rewarding evening of incisive playing from the orchestra. [...] He's one to follow.

Martin Kettle, The Guardian


Cornelius Meister, born in Hannover in 1980, was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2010. Each season, he directs the orchestra in Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein as well as the Konzerthaus and in recordings and tours throughout Asia and Europe (Salzburg Festival, Berlin Philharmonie). A 24-piece CD box my RSO as well as a recording of Bruckner’s 4th Symphony and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra were released last season.

Over recent seasons, Cornelius Meister has been guest conductor with major orchestras including Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington DC, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Rome, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin as well as Deutsches Symphonie Orchester (DSO) Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BR) Munich and Bamberg Symphony.

In the early years of his international career, Cornelius Meister appeared at many important opera houses: aged only 21, he gave his debut at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, followed by the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, New National Opera Tokyo, San Francisco Opera, Theater an der Wien, Royal Opera House Copenhagen, the Latvian State Opera (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Vienna State Opera. In July 2014, Cornelius Meister gave his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with La Bohème.

In 2014 and 2015, Cornelius Meister is invited to conduct concerts with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris, Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He will return to the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Tannhäuser), Opernhaus Zürich (Zauberflöte), Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Zauberflöte), Theater an der Wien (Peter Grimes) and Staatsoper Wien (Don Giovanni). In May 2015, he will give his debut at the Teatro alla Scala with the world premiere of G. Battistelli’s CO2.

Cornelius Meister studied piano and conducting at Hannover University with Konrad Meister, Martin Brauß and Eiji Oue, as well as at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Dennis Russell Davies, Jorge Rotter and Karl Kamper. He also plays cello and horn. As a pianist, he has given concerts in Europe and the USA. Most recently, Cornelius Meister play-conducted works by Grieg, Liszt, Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue), Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Pärt (Credo). He is prize-winner of the "Deutscher Musikwettbewerb" as well as the "Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival". From 2005 until 2012, Cornelius Meister held the position of music director of the city of Heidelberg.

Aktuelle Veranstaltungen

Freund/in Exklusiv: Mi., 30.09. Meister probt Bruckner

Als Freund/in des RSO Wien haben Sie die Möglichkeit, das Orchester backstage bei einer Probe zu erleben.  mehr

Fr., 02.10. Meister, Capuçon

Ferruccio Busoni: Konzert für Violine und Orchester op. 35a (1897)
Anton Bruckner: Symphonie Nr. 6 A-Dur (1879-81)  mehr

Do., 22.10. Meister, Carpenter

Antonin Dvorák: Der Wassermann. Symphonische Dichtung op.107 (1896)
Sergej W. Rachmaninow: Rhapsodie über ein Thema von Paganini op.43 (1934)
Bearbeitung für Orgel von Cameron Carpenter
Bohuslav Martinu: Symphonie Nr. 2 (1943)  mehr

RSO Kalender


 Biography Meister


Cornelius Meister at Wiener Staatsoper
Season 2015/16


Interview Cornelius Meister
(c) SRF 2, Musikmagazin, 29.11.2014

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