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Cornelius Meister
Principal Conductor and Artistic Director

Cornelius Meister, born in Hannover in 1980, was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) in 2010.

He conducts a wide repertoire of concerts and operas, which beside the standard works (e.g. The Ring of the Nibelung, the complete Bruckner symphonies) includes rarely performed pieces (e.g. the complete Martinů symphonies) as well as projects with authentic practice orchestras (e.g. The Magic Flute at the Opernhaus Zürich) and numerous world premieres.

Over recent seasons, Cornelius Meister has been guest conductor with major orchestras including Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra and Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington DC, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra New York, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Tokyo, Swedish Radio and Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris and Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Rom, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, SWR Symphonieorchester, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and many more.

In the early years of his international career, Cornelius Meister appeared at many important opera houses: at the age of just 21, he gave his debut at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, followed by the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Theater an der Wien, New National Opera Tokyo, San Francisco Opera and Royal Opera House Kopenhagen. Since 2012 he conducts at the Wiener Staatsoper (Mozart, Wagner and Richard Strauss), since 2014 at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London (Mozart and Puccini), and since 2015 at La Scala Milan (world premiere of an opera by Giorgio Battistelli on the occasion of the world fair). In the 2016/17 season he will appear at the Wiener Staatsoper (Fidelio) and conducts a new production in Antwerpen (Der Fliegende Holländer) and Zurich (Werther). In 2017 he will give his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival (Ariadne auf Naxos) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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. From 2005 until 2012, Cornelius Meister held the position of music director of the city of Heidelberg. Already in 2007 he received an award for the "best German concert programme" and since then several prizes for his education projects have followed. As a pianist, he has given concerts in Europe and the USA and play-conducted works by Grieg, Liszt, Gershwin, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

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Aktuelle Veranstaltungen

Do., 03.11. Wien Modern Eröffnungskonzert

Krzysztof Penderecki: Threnos. Den Opfern von Hiroshima (1960) für 52 Saiteninstrumente
Georg Friedrich Haas: Neues Posaunenkonzert mit Mike Svoboda (2016) UA
Auftragskomposition des SWR, Sinfonieorchester Basel, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Wien Modern und Wiener Konzerthaus,... mehr

So., 27.11. Meister, Krijgh

Brett Dean: Komarov's Fall (2006)
Dmitrij Kabalewskij: Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester Nr. 1 g-Moll op. 49 (1948–1949)
Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky: Symphonie Nr. 3 D-Dur op. 29 (1875)  mehr

Fr., 02.12. Meister, Kovacic

Ernst Krenek: Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 1 op. 29 (1929)
Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied für Soli, Chor und Orchester (Mischfassung) (1879/80; 1899)  mehr

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Cornelius Meister at Wiener Staatsoper
Season 2015/16


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

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