Béla Bartók

«Concerto for Orchestra»
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Cornelius Meister

„Meister proved himself
a master of conducting
not just the players
but the audience too.“

Financial Times


Cornelius Meister began his tenure as Music Director of the Staatsoper und Staatsorchester Stuttgart in 2018. Since 2017 he has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. The awards that he has received in recent years include the OPUS Klassik in the category ‘Conductor of the Year’, the International Classical Music Award in the category ‘Symphonic Recordings’ for the complete recording of Bohuslav Martinů’s symphonies, and the Diapason d’or and the German Record Critics’ award for the DVD ‘Jules Massenet: Werther’ (Opernhaus Zürich).

In the season 2019/20 he conducts concerts at the Orchestre National de France, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Wiener Symphoniker and Czech Philharmonic at the Prague Spring Festival. As an opera conductor, he is involved in the new production of Hans Abrahamsen’s ‘The Snow Queen’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper and returns to the Metropolitan Opera with ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ and to the Wiener Staatsoper with Richard Strauss’ ‘Arabella’.

He continues the Mahler cycle together with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart and conducts, amongst others, ‘Tristan und Isolde’, ‘Lohengrin’, ‘Elektra’ and ‘Don Carlo’ at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

Cornelius Meister has conducted the Concertgebouworkest, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra (New York), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin as well as the BR, NDR and SWR radio symphony orchestras. Additionally he cooperates with ‘La Scintilla’, the period instrument orchestra of Opernhaus Zürich.

Cornelius Meister made his debut at the Hamburgische Staatsoper at the age of 21, followed by engagements at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Theater an der Wien, New National Theatre (Tokyo), San Francisco Opera and The Royal Danish Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Since 2004 he has been conducting at the Bayerische Staatsoper, since 2012 at the Wiener Staatsoper and since 2015 at the Teatro alla Scala Milan.

Cornelius Meister studied piano and conducting in Hanover with Konrad Meister, Martin Brauß and Eiji Ōue and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Dennis Russell Davies, Jorge Rotter and Karl Kamper. From 2005 to 2012 he was Music Director of “Theater und Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg”, and from 2010 to 2018 Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. In 2007, he received an award for the ‘best German concert programme’ and has since also been given several awards for his education projects. He has appeared as a pianist in Europe and the United States and has led piano concertos by Grieg, Liszt, Gershwin, Beethoven and Mendelssohn from the keyboard.

January 2020