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Alexander Liebreich (Conductor)

Born: March 25, 1968 - Regensburg, Germany

The German conductor, Alexander Liebreich, started already at the age of 17, to conduct the Regensburger Kammerchor in his hometown. He studied Roman languages and musicology, voice and conducting. Soon after graduating, he won Kondraschin Conducting Competition in 1996.

Soon after winning the Competition, Alexander Liebreich became assistant to Colin Davis and Roberto Abbado at the Bayerischen Staatsoper. Then he was appointed assistant to Edo de Waart at the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest-Holland. Following this, he appeared as guest conductor with many prestigious orchestras including the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Orchestre National de Belgique, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Münchner Philharmoniker. He has performed with distinguished soloists such as Lisa Batiashvili, Claron McFadden, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Maxim Vengerov. In recent years, he has also conducted the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Bamberger Symphoniker, Dresdner Philharmonie and Osaka Philharmonic.

Alexander Liebreich was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Münchener Kammerorchester (MKO) in October 2006. Since that time, as well as receiving several awards for its unique sound and innovative programming, the ensemble has become widely celebrated not only in Munich but also throughout Europe and overseas, performing with Liebreich at major international festivals and concert halls. Their first collaborative CD, featuring works by Joseph Haydn and Isang Yun, was released internationally to great critical acclaim by the label ECM in January 2008. This will shortly be followed in 2009 by the launch of a J.S. Bach CD with Hilary Hahn, Christine Schäfer and Matthias Goerne, by Deutsche Grammophon.

Alexander Liebreich has been hailed by the press as Munich's most exciting conductor and a pioneer in a new generation of conductors, for whom the borderline between large symphony orchestras and smaller, more flexible ensembles comes just as naturally as their synthesis of artistic mastery and social responsibility.

Aside from his concerts and opera productions, Alexander Liebreich has established a reputation for himself through his extraordinary initiative in pursuing unusual projects. In 2002 he visited North and South Korea together with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie where they gave the first Korean performances of Bruckner Symphony No. 8. He has since returned to North Korea five times as Guest Professor in collaboration with the Goethe Institute and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). The unique documentary film "Pyongyang Crescendo", released on DVD in 2005, captures his teaching experiences there.

Continuing along the lines of his core repertoire of large symphonic works, in which he began to specialise during his studies in Munich and Salzburg, further influenced later by his work with Claudio Abbado and Michael Gielen, the 40-year-old conductor from Regensburg will give several debuts in the coming year. These include appearances with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR). Also in planning is a Hans Neuenfels production of Schoeck's Penthesilea at the Frankfurt Opera in 2011.

In December 2008, Alexander Liebreich was named member of the General Meeting of the Goethe Institute, a guiding body of selected figures from the cultural life of Germany advising the institute's Board of Trustees.

From 2011, Liebreich will also take on the role of Artistic Director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) in South Korea, one of the largest and most prominent festivals in Asia.

Source: Karsten Witt Musikmanagement Website (2009)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2010)

Alexander Liebreich: Short Biography | Münchener Kammerorchester | Recordings of Vocal Works

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Alexander Liebreich (Karsten Witt Musikmanagement)
Alexander Liebreich (IMG Artists)
Alexander Liebreich (Wikipedia) [German]

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