Lothar Zagrosek - Conductor - I Print

German conductor Lothar Zagrosek began his musical career as a member of the Regensburg Cathedral choir. He studied conducting with Hans Swarovsky, Istvàn Kertész, Bruno Maderna and Herbert von Karajan.

After first posts as General Music Director in Solingen and in Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna. Subsequently, he spent three years at the helm of the Paris Opera (1986-1989), during which period he was also Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. From 1990 to 1992 Lothar Zagrosek was General Music Director of the Leipzig Opera. Since 1995 he is associated with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie as First Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor. From 1997 to 2006 Lothar Zagrosek was General Music Director of the Stuttgart State Opera.

During his highly successful tenure, this company obtained the critics' award "Opera Company of the Year" five times, he himself was named "Conductor of the Year" twice. Since the season 2006/2007 he has been serving as Chief Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. In addition to his work as an internationally acclaimed opera conductor, which led him amongst others to the state operas of Vienna (most recently in 2010 for Schönberg's Moses und Aron) and Hamburg, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, London Royal Opera House Covent Garden and to the Glyndebourne Festival, Lothar Zagrosek worked with many of the major international orchestras like the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, all major German radio orchestras, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, London Philharmonic, Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre National de France, Atlanta Symphony, Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal and NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo. He appeared at prestigious festivals such as Wiener Festwochen, Berliner Festwochen, the London Proms, the Munich Opera Festival and the Salzburg Festival and is a regular guest at the festivals for contemporary music in Donaueschingen, Berlin, Brussels and Paris.

Guest engagements in 2010/2011 included concerts with the Orquesta Nacional de Espana in Madrid, a new staging of Nono's Intolleranza 1960 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and performances of Gluck's Orpheus und Eurydike at the Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Das Rheingold and Lou Salomé at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Die Schoepfung at the Teatro Lirico in Verona, Parsifal in Seul; Kàt'a Kabanovà in Hamburg; Don Giovanni in Frankfurt. He opened the Schoenberg Experience Festival at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, where he came back for Strauss’ Elektra.

Lothar Zagrosek's extensive discography includes outstanding repertoire of the 20th century such as Al Gran Sole Carico D'Amore by Luigi Nono and Lachenmann's Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern as well as Dantons Tod by Gottfried von Einem, Olivier Messiaens' Saint François d'Assise (with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau) and the complete recording of all works for choir and orchestra by Paul Hindemith. He embarked on a number of recordings for Decca's "Entartete Musik" series, amongst them Ernst Krenek's Jonny spielt auf, Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann, Hanns Eisler's Deutsche Sinfonie (all of them with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig), Der Gewaltige Hahnrei by Berthold Goldschmidt, Die Vögel by Walter Braunfels as well as Verlobung im Traum by Hans Krasa. Wagner's Ring Cycle, featuring the much acclaimed production of the Stuttgart State Opera, is available on CD (Naxos) and DVD (EuroArts). In 2008 the label Altus released a live CD of Beethoven's Symphonies n.7th and 8th with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Several of Lothar Zagrosek's recordings received major international awards, including the Edison Prize, the Cannes Classical Award and the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis or were nominated for the GRAMMY.

Being passionate about musical education and the support of young talent, he is Patron of the "Offensive for Cultural Education" in Berlin, Honorary Chairman of the Jury of the "Hochschulwettbewerb Dirigieren" 2008 and Chairman of the Artistic Advisory Council of the Conducting Forum of Deutscher Musikrat. In 2006 Lothar Zagrosek was granted the "Hessischer Kulturpreis" in Frankfurt. For his excellent musical achievements the Association of German Critics awarded him the "Critics Award 2009" in the field of music.

August 2018

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