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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.

Each season, he directs the orchestra in Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein as well as the Konzerthaus and in tours throughout Asia and Europe (Salzburg Festival, Berlin Philharmonie). Numerous recordings, including works from Haydn and world premieres, document this fruitful connection. All of the concerts are broadcast via radio and internet, some of them on TV.

Cornelius Meister 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, 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, Radio-Sinfonieorchester SWR Stuttgart, 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 2015/16 season he will appear at the Wiener Staatsoper (The Magic Flute, Arabella, Ariadne on Naxos, The Marriage of Figaro), at the Theater an der Wien (Peter Grimes) and the Opernhaus Zürich (Carmen).

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.

Aktuelle Veranstaltungen

Sa., 12.12. Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes

Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes (1945)
Oper in einem Prolog und drei Akten
Libretto von Montagu Slater nach der Verserzählung
»The Borough« von George Crabbe
In englischer Sprache mit deutschen Übertiteln  mehr

Asien-Tournee: Bangkok, Di., 09.02.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ouverture zu «Le nozze di Figaro» K 492 (1785-86)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester A-Dur K 488 (1786)
Johannes Brahms: Symphonie Nr. 1 in c-Moll op.68 (1862-76)  mehr

Asien-Tournee: Bangkok, Mi., 10.02.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonoren-Ouvertüre Nr. 3 C-Dur op. 72b (1806)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Konzert für Cello und Orchester Nr.1 in a-Moll, op.33 (1872)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 7 A-Dur op. 92 (1811-12)  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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