Osterfestspiele Salzburg: Orchesterkonzert Christian Thielemann

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Denis Matsuev Piano

Edvard Grieg

  • Piano Concerto in a minor, Opus 16

Richard Strauss

  • »Ein Heldenleben«, Opus 40
  • 29.03.2021
    19:00 Uhr
    Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus
  • 03.04.2021
    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.

Denis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev’s triumph at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow thrust him into the limelight and established his position as an outstanding representative of the great Russian pianistic tradition. Invitations quickly poured in to perform with the world’s top orchestras. Today he regularly appears in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra as well as the great American and Russian symphony orchestras. Matsuev has collaborated with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Mikhail Pletnev, Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Paavo Järvi, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit and Myung-Whun Chung.

In addition to his solo engagements, Denis Matsuev directs a number of festivals and is committed to fostering the next generation of musicians. In his position as Artistic Director of the »Crescendo« Festival, he has travelled to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Paris and New York. In 2010 he became Director of the  nnecy Music Festival, which aims to promote cultural exchange between France and Russia. And, as President of the »New Names« Foundation, he helps talented children in his homeland. To date, more than 10,000 young musicians have benefitted from the work of the Foundation.

In February 2014 Matsuev performed at the closing festivities of the Olympic Games in Sochi, and in the same year was named a Goodwill Ambassador by UNESCO.