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ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Cornelius Meister

„Meister's commitment
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He grips the score impressively...“

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Cornelius Meister (born 23 February 1980 in Hanover, Germany)

School

1985–1986
Preschool for gifted children

1986–1990
Friesenschule (now: Johanna-Friesen-Grundschule) Hanover

1990–1992
Orientation level Lüerstraße

1992–1996
Kaiser-Wilhelm- und Ratsgymnasium (grammar school specialising in classical languages)

Musical education and assistant roles

starting in the early eighties piano lessons with his father, Prof. Konrad Meister, and mother, Anne Hammann-Meister

1984-1994
cello lessons with Prof. Konrad Haesler

1986-1993
choir of the Hanover Music School with Karin Mehlig

1989-1992
synthesizer and electronic music with George A. Speckert at the Hanover Music School

from 1997
conducting trainee at the Hanover State Opera and with the NDR-Radiophilharmonie

1998
musical assistant to conductor Martin Brauß at the world premiere of the opera London under Siege by David Wilde, a co-production of the Hanover State Opera and Hanover University of Music and Drama (now: Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media)

2001
musical assistant to conductor Hans Urbanek for the new production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra at the Hanover State Opera

2004
musical assistant to conductor Pierre Boulez for the new production of the Bühnenweihfestspiel Parsifal by Richard Wagner at the Bayreuth Festival

University

1996–2003
studied at the Hanover University of Music and Drama (now: Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media) with Prof. Konrad Meister (piano), Prof. Martin Brauß and Prof. Eiji Ōue (conducting), Prof. Jan Schroeder (French horn), Prof. Konrad Haesler (cello), Prof. Dr. Peter Schnaus and Prof. Dr. Arnfried Edler (musicology), Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pothast (philosophy), Prof. Martin Brauß and Prof. Frank Märkel (music theory)

2001
degree as piano teacher

2003
degree as conductor

2000–2001
studied at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Prof. Dennis Russell Davies, Prof. Jorge Rotter (orchestral conducting) and Prof. Karl Kamper (choral conducting)

Permanent positions

As of 2018
Music Director of Stuttgart State Opera and Stuttgart State Orchestra

Since 2017
Principal Guest Conductor of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

Since 2010
Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO Wien)

2005–2012
Music Director at the Theatre and of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the City of Heidelberg

2003–2005
initially conductor, later Second Kapellmeister at the Hanover State Opera

2001–2002
principal rehearsal pianist with conducting duties and assistant to the Music Director at the Erfurt Theatre

1999–2003
conductor of the Hanover Youth Orchestra (JSO Hannover)

Prizes and scholarships

2018
OPUS KLASSIK in the "conductor of the year" category

2018
Diapason d'or for the DVD "Jules Massenet: Werther" (Opera Zurich, together with Tatjana Gürbaca, Juan Diego Florez, Anna Stéphany a.o.)

2018
Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Bestenliste for the DVD "Jules Massenet: Werther" (Opera Zurich, together with Tatjana Gürbaca, Juan Diego Florez, Anna Stéphany a.o.)

2018
International Classical Music Award (ICMA) in the "symphonic recording" category for "Bohuslav Martinů: The Symphonies" with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

2016
International Opera Award in the "best production" category for "Peter Grimes" at the Theater an der Wien

2014
Bank Austria Kunstpreis in the “arts education” category together with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

2012

conductor’s prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival

2010
1st prize at the Competition for the Music Day of the German Music Council together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the City of Heidelberg for “Rap it like Heidelberg”

2007
junge Ohren prize together with the Theatre and Philharmonic Orchestra of the City of Heidelberg for “Das neue Wunderhorn“

2007
prize for the “Best concert programme” from the German Music Publishers’ Association

2006
inclusion in the list “100 Köpfe von morgen”

2003–2007
fellow of the conductor’s forum of the German Music Council. Inclusion in the artists list “Maestros von morgen”

2003
3rd prize at the Hochschulwettbewerb Dirigieren

2001
fellow of the Deutsche Bank Stiftung's Akademie Musiktheater heute

2000
prize from the foundation Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben at the German Music Competition together with his duo partner, clarinetist Clemens Trautmann. Inclusion in the federal selection of concerts of young artists, held by the German Music Council

1998
Radeberger Förderpreis of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and audience prize, together with his duo partner, clarinetist Clemens Trautmann

1998
fellow of the Bayreuther Festspiele acting on a proposal from the Richard Wagner Society Hanover

from 1996
scholarship holder from the foundation Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben

from 1997
scholarship holder from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation

1996
1st prize at the Southwest German Chamber Music Competition, together with his duo partner, clarinetist Clemens Trautmann

1996
1st prizes at the regional and state competition and 2nd prize at the federal competition Jugend musiziert in the piano solo category. 1st prize in the piano accompaniment category

1994
1st prizes at the regional and state competition Jugend musiziert in the piano solo category. 1st prize in the piano accompaniment category

1992
1st prizes at the regional and state competition and 2nd prize at the federal competition Jugend musiziert in the piano solo category. 1st prize in the piano accompaniment category

1990
1st prizes at the regional and state competition Jugend musiziert in the piano solo category

1988
1st prize at the regional competition Jugend musiziert in the piano solo category

1986
1st prize at the regional competition Jugend musiziert in the piano solo categor

Debuts as conductor

2019
The Metropolitan Opera with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

2018
Filarmonica della Scala Mailand

2017

Orchestre national de Lyon
Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera (GFO) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai

20
16
Vlaamse Opera Antwerp and Ghent with the Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Stuttgart SWR Symphony Orchestra

2015

Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Orchestra La Scintilla Zurich
Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra New York
Romanian National Radio Orchestra at the Enescu Festival Bucharest
Iceland Symphony Orchestra Reykjavik
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

2014
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome
National Symphony Orchestra Washington
Orchestre de Paris
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Royal Opera House Covent Garden London
Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo
musikprotokoll at the Steirischer Herbst festival

2013
Ensemble intercontemporain Paris
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

2012
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Semperoper Dresden with the Saxon State Orchestra
Danish National Symphony Orchestra Copenhagen
Zurich Opera House
Vienna State Opera
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

2011
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Swedish Radio Symphony Stockholm
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Salzburg Festival

2010
Theater an der Wien
Royal Opera House Copenhagen

2009
Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
San Francisco Opera
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Bamberg Symphony

2008
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Dresdner Philharmonie
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Manchester
Philharmonisches Orchester Essen
Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester
Latvian National Opera
Tiroler Landestheater with the Symphony Orchestra Innsbruck
Frankfurt Opera House and Museum’s Orchestra


2007
Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris
Theater Basel with the Symphony Orchestra Basel
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
MDR Symphony Orchestra
NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover
NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg
Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon with the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
Bielefelder Philharmoniker

2006
Stuttgart State Opera with Württembergisches Staatsorchester Stuttgart
New National Theatre Tokyo with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Lübecker Philharmoniker
Staatskapelle Weimar
Beethoven Orchestra Bonn
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

2005
Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester
Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
Leipzig Opera with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester
Gürzenich Orchestra at Cologne Opera House

2004
Osnabrücker Symphonieorchester
Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
Heidelberg Theatre (now: Theatre and Philharmonic Orchestra of the City of Heidelberg) with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the City of Heidelberg
Bavarian State Opera Munich with the Bavarian State Orchestra

2003
Komische Oper Berlin
Niedersächsische Staatsoper Hannover with the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg (now: Hamburg Philharmonic)
Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra at the Staatstheater Nürnberg

2002
Hamburgische Staatsoper (now: Hamburg State Opera)

2001
Orchestra of the Mozarteum University Salzburg
Theater Erfurt with the Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt

1999
Jugendsinfonieorchester Hannover (now: Junges Sinfonieorchester Hannover)
Ensemble musica viva Hannover

1998
Gehrdener Kammerorchester

Honorary memberships

Richard-Wagner-Verband Hannover

Freundin des RSO Wien

Richard-Wagner-Verband Stuttgart

Family
Family Tree


Cornelius Meister was baptized in 1980 and confirmed at Dreifaltigkeitskirche Hanover in 1994.
Cornelius Meister has been married to the singer Katharina Sellschopp-Meister since 2006. They have three children.

Hobbies
mountaineering, swimming, canoeing, running, cycling; history, law; jazz and improvising