1. Symphony Concert

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Nikolaj Znaider Violin

Max Bruch

  • Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Opus 26

Anton Bruckner

  • Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Bruckner’s symphonic beginnings

Reflecting Christian Thielemann’s preoccupation with the symphonic work of Anton Bruckner, the new season opens with the earliest phase of the Austrian composer’s career. In later years, Bruckner recalled the lightheartedness of the final movement of his First Symphony: »Never again was I so bold and cheeky.« With self-confident power and retrospective lyricism, Max Bruch’s famous First Violin Concerto is rightly regarded as a masterpiece of the genre.

    Christian Thielemann

    Principal Conductor

    The 2018 / 2019 season is Christian Thielemann’s seventh as 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.

    Christian Thielemann has contributed to the birthday celebrations for Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss with numerous Staatskapelle concerts in the Semperoper and on tour. His programmes have also featured a wide range of music from Bach to Henze, Rihm and Gubaidulina. He conducted new productions of »Manon Lescaut«, »Simon Boccanegra«, »Elektra« and »Der Frei schütz« as well as two complete performances of Wagner’s »Ring« Cycle in Dresden. In Salzburg he directed the premieres of »Parsifal«, »Arabella«, »Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci«, »Otello«, »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 will conduct in 2019. Since his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in the summer of 2000, he has returned every year to thrill audiences with groundbreaking interpretations. After five years as musical advisor in Bayreuth, he was appointed the festival’s music director in 2015. Much in demand as a versatile concert conductor, he has collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras in Amsterdam, London, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, and has also performed in Israel, Japan and China.

    As a UNITEL exclusive artist, Christian Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of recordings. His most recent ventures have been the recordings of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies Nos. 1 and 3-9, a complete cycle of the symphonies and solo concertos of Johannes Brahms as well as the operas »Der Freischütz«, »Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci«, »Elektra«, »Die Walküre« and »Lohengrin« for CD or DVD. With the Staatskapelle Dresden he has recorded symphonic works by Beethoven, Liszt, Bruckner, Reger, Pfitzner and Busoni as well as various New Year’s Eve Concerts released on DVD. He has recorded all of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic.

    Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt College 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.

    Nikolaj Znaider


    Nikolaj Znaider is not only one of the most celebrated violinists of today, he is also one of the most versatile artists of his generation, thrilling audiences as a soloist, conductor and chamber musician. Since 2010 he has been principal guest conductor at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, and has also worked with ensembles such as the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the orchestras of Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. As a violinist he remains one of the most sought-after artists on the international stage, performing with all the great orchestras and star conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, 

    Gustavo Dudamel, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Christian Thielemann. In the 2008/2009 season he displayed his versatility within the »Artist Portrait« programme of the London Symphony Orchestra, while in the 2012/2013 season he received a »Carte blanche« from Vienna’s Musikverein. Nikolaj Znaider has enjoyed a close relationship with the Staatskapelle Dresden for the past six years, both as a soloist and conductor. In the 2010/2011 season Nikolaj Znaider was Capell-Virtuos of the Staatskapelle.