Osterfestspiele Salzburg: Orchesterkonzert Christian Thielemann

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

Carl Maria von Weber

  • »Jubel-Ouvertüre« op. 59

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

  • Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Franz Schubert

  • Symphonie C-Dur D 944 »Große«
  • 15.04.2019
    19:00 Uhr
    Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus
  • 20.04.2019
    19:00 Uhr
    Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus

Christian Thielemann

Principal Conductor

S Since 2012/13 season Christian Thielemann has been Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Following engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Gelsenkirchen, Karlsruhe, Hanover and Dusseldorf, in 1988 he moved to Nuremberg to occupy the post of Generalmusikdirektor. In 1997 he returned to his hometown of Berlin to direct the Deutsche Oper until 2004, when he became Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic, a post he occupied until 2011. In addition to his current position in Dresden, Thielemann has been Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival since 2013, where the Staatskapelle is resident orchestra.

In previous seasons Christian Thielemann has contributed greatly to the birthday celebrations for Wagner and Strauss. At the same time he has explored a wide range of music from Bach to Henze, Rihm and Gubaidulina in Dresden and on tour. In the Semperoper he recently conducted new productions of »Der Freischütz« and »Ariadne auf Naxos« while for the Salzburg Easter Festival he interpreted »Die Walküre« and »Tosca«.

Christian Thielemann maintains close ties to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, whose New Year’s Concert he conducted in 2019. Following his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2000, he has returned every

year to thrill audiences with benchmark interpretations. After serving five years as the festival’s Musical Advisor, in June 2015 he became its Music Director. In addition, he has been invited to conduct the leading orchestras of Europe, the United States, Israel and Asia.

As a UNITEL exclusive artist, Christian Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of recordings. His most recent projects with the Staatskapelle have been to record the symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner as well as numerous operas.

Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In May 2015 he was awarded the Richard Wagner Prize by the Richard Wagner Society of the city of Leipzig, followed by the Prize of the Semperoper Trust in October 2016. He is patron of the Richard-Wagner-Stätten in Graupa as well as the 49th International youth competition »jugend creativ« of the Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken. In 2019 he was awarded honorary membership of the Gustav Mahler Society in Hamburg. His recordings have been showered with awards.

Frank Peter Zimmermann

Frank Peter Zimmermann is one of the leading violinists of our time. Born in Duisburg in 1965, he began playing the violin aged five, giving his first orchestral concert at ten. After studying with Valery Gradow, Saschko Gawriloff and Herman Krebbers, in 1983 he launched a career that has seen him ascend to the first rank of performers. Frank Peter Zimmermann is invited to all the major music festivals and appears with the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He has already collaborated several times with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

With a repertoire stretching from the Baroque age to contemporary music, in recent years he has premiered no fewer than four concertos: The second violin concerto by Magnus Lindberg in 2015, »Juggler in Paradise« by Augusta Read in 2009, »The Lost Art of Letter Writing« by Brett Dean in 2007 and »en sourdine« by Matthias Pintscher in

2003. In addition to his numerous orchestral engagements, Frank Peter Zimmermann can be regularly enjoyed in the world’s great concert halls as a chamber musician. Together with violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra, he founded the Zimmermann Trio.

Frank Peter Zimmermann has received numerous awards and honours, including the Premio del Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, the Rhineland Culture Prize, the Music Prize of the City of Duisburg, the Paul Hindemith Prize of Hanau and the Federal Cross of Merit (1st class) of the Federal Republic of Germany.

He plays the »Lady Inchiquin« Stradivarius violin from 1711, kindly loaned to him by the foundation »Kunst im Landesbesitz« of the Art Collection of North-Rhine Westphalia in Düsseldorf.