Symphony Concert N° 6

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

  • Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Anton Bruckner

  • Symphonie Nr. 2 c-Moll WAB 102

Concluding the Bruckner cycle

With the composer’s Second Symphony, Principal Conductor Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle are completing their Bruckner cycle, which is also documented on DVD. Last season, the First Symphony left a deep impression on musicians and audiences alike. Something of a late starter in the field of symphonists, Anton Bruckner only began work on his Second Symphony at the age of 47. It went on to enjoy huge success at the Vienna premiere. The concert also features Capell-Virtuos Frank Peter Zimmermann interpreting Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

  • 26.01.2019
    19:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    45.00 – 67.00 €
  • 27.01.2019
    11:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    45.00 – 82.00 €
  • 28.01.2019
    20:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    45.00 – 82.00 €

Christian Thielemann

Principal Conductor

The 2017 / 2018 season is Christian Thielemann’s sixth 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 Freischütz« in Dresden as well as »Parsifal«, »Arabella«, »Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci«, »Otello« and »Die Walküre« in Salzburg. 

Christian Thielemann maintains close ties to the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. Following his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2000, he has returned every year to thrill audiences with benchmark interpretations. In 2010 he was appointed the festival’s Musical Advisor, and in June 2015 he became its Music Director. 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. 4 and 6, the complete cycle of the symphonies and solo concertos of Johannes Brahms as well as the operas »Der Freischütz«, »Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci« and »Elektra« for CD or DVD. Alongside the New Year’s Eve Concerts of 2010 to 2013, he has already released many CDs and DVDs with the Staatskapelle featuring symphonic works by Beethoven, Liszt, Bruckner, Reger, Pfitzner and Busoni. 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.

Frank Peter Zimmermann

Acclaimed by the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung as the »Oistrach of our time«, Frank Peter Zimmermann is a hugely popular violinist whose appearances have been thrilling not only audiences but also critics and fellow musicians for many years. At the world’s top classical venues he performs a highly diverse repertoire ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to works by classical and romantic composers, as well as contemporary concertos by Brett Dean, Matthias Pintscher and

Augusta Read Thomas. Frank Peter Zimmermann has appeared regularly in concert with the Staatskapelle Dresden since 1992, most recently in January 2010 when he performed Johannes Brahms’s Violin Concerto in the Semperoper, as well as on a tour of Scandinavia, under conductor Neeme Järvi. He plays a Stradivarius from 1711 formerly belonging to the legendary Fritz Kreisler.