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Günther Neuhold (Conductor)

Born: 1947 - Graz, Austria

The Austrian conductor, Günter Neuhold, completed his studies at the Graz Conservatoire in 1969 with a masters degree. He then followed advanced courses in Rome with Franco Ferrara and in Vienna with Professor Hans Swarowsky. Between 1972 and 1980 he was engaged at various German opera houses, a period he closed as first Kapellmeister in Hannover and Dortmund. After winning several competitions (Florence 1st prize, 1976; San Remo, "Marinuzzi" 1st prize, 1976; Vienna, "Swarowsky"" 2nd prize, 1977; Salzburg, "Böhm" 1st prize, 1977, Milan, "Cantelli" 3rd prize, 1977), he began an international career.

From 1981 to 1986 Günter Neuhold was Music Director at the Teatro Regio di Parma, where he devoted most of his time to Verdi operas and Chief Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica "Arturo Toscanini". From 1986 to 1990 he was Chief Conductor and Musical Director of the Koninklijk Filharmonisch Orkest van Vlaanderen in Antwerp, which achieved an international reputation during this period and toured in Germany, Italy, Great Britain and France. He was General Music Director at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe from 1989 to 1995. In Karlsruhe he performed a Richard-Strauss-Zyklus and Der Ring des Nibelungen. From 1995 to 2002 he was General Music Director and Artistic Director at the Theater der Freien Hansestadt Bremen.

Beside his permanent engagements Günter Neuhold conducted the following orchestras: Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Dresden Staatskapelle, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and NDR Hannover, SWF-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden, SDR Stuttgart, RSO Berlin, Staats-O. Budapest, ORF, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI (Torino), RTVE Madrid Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orch. Teatro Mass. Palermo, Orch. Sinf. Siciliana, Orch. La Fenice Venezia, BBC-Cardiff, Capitole Toulouse, Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Real Orqu. Sinf. de Sevilla, Orqu. Liceu Barcelona, Orqu. Sinf. de Madrid, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Tenerife, Granada, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Malmö S.O., Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan, Orqu. Nat. Buenos Aires, Orqu. Sinf. de Săo Paulo, Radio-TV-Moskau, Canadian B.C. Vancouver, ABC Australia.

Günter Neuhold has conducted operas at the Wiener Staatsoper, Scala Milano, Opernhaus Zürich, Staatsoper Dresden, Nationaltheater München, Berliner Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, Teatro Real Madrid, Opéra Monte Carlo, Chatelet, Opera National de Paris, Teatro Colon B.A., Grand Théatre de Genéve, Bordeaux, Capitole Toulouse, Opera Nat. du Rhin Strasbourg, Den Norske Opera Oslo, Göteborgs Operan, Teatro Sao Carlos Lisboa, Opera Roma, Teatro Com. Bologna, Genova, Teatro Mass. Palermo, Catania, Philadelphia Opera, Tourneen in USA, Japan and Russia. He has appeared in numerous international music festivals, such as Salzburger Festspiele 1978, 1980, 1983, 1986, Festival de Radio France-Montpellier, Vlaanderen Festival, Biennale Venice, Enescu Festival Bucarest 1998 Musikfestspiele and Intern.Strauss Festival Dresden,.Colorado Music-Festival 99. Granada Festival 2000.

His Discography contains: J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), Béla Bartók's Bluebeard’s Castle, Concerto for Orchestra, Alban Berg's 3 Pieces for Orchestra op. 6, Berlioz La Damnation de Faust, Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, Franck’s Symphony in D minor, Zoltán Kodály's Háry János-Suite, Dances From Galanta, Franz Liszt- Schreker 2. Hungarian Rhapsodie, Liebermann's Concerto for Jazzband etc, Gustav Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, Marschner's Der Vampyr, Puccini's Madama Butterfly (1904), Rihm's Premiere recordings, Schnittke's Piano Concerto, Schreker's Kammersinfonie, Schulhoff's Piano Concerto, Jos./Joh.Strauß Various, Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Verdi's Requiem, Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Wolf-Ferrari's La Vita Nuova.

Source: Günter Neuhold Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2008)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Günter Neuhold


BWV 244

Links to other Sites

NEUHOLD Günter - Dirigent (Official Website) [Multi-lingual]
Gunter Neuhold Biography (Naxos)

Günter Neuhold (Wikipedia) [German]
Volksoper Wien: Neuhold Günter [German]

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