The German conductor, Bruno Weil, was a master student of Hans Swarowsky and Franco Ferrara. Following his studies, he went on to win several important international competitions.
Bruno Weil was named General Music Director of the City of Augsburg in 1981, being Germanyís youngest General Music Director at that time. In 1989 he resigned that position, and in January 1994, he became General Music Director of the City of Duisburg, Germany, a post he relinquished at the end of the 2001/2002 season. In 1988, he catapulted to international prominence when he replaced Herbert von Karajan at the Salzburg Festival, conducting Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently he is principal guest conductor of the Toronto-based Tafelmusik. He has been Music Director and Conductor of the Californiaís Carmel Bach Festival since 1992, and Artistic Director of the period-instrument festival "Klang und Raum" (Sound and Space) in Irsee, Bavaria.
Bruno Weil regularly leads major international festivals, orchestras, and opera companies. He has appeared as guest conductor with the world's leading orchestras in the USA, the UK, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Italy, Brazil, Holland, Norway, Austria and Australia, among them the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerisches Staatsorchester (Munich), Dresden Staatskapelle, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre National de France, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, and NHK Orchestra Tokyo. During 1997-1998 he made an acclaimed debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and in February 1999, he made his successful debut with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In January 2000 he made his very successful debut with the Salzburger Mozartwoche conducting a concert and a new production of Mozart's Magic Flute. Last season (2003-2004), he successfully debuted with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony.
Since his success at the Salzburg Festival, Weil has been active in the world of opera, conducting at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Hamburg State Opera, the Semper Opera Dresden, the Teatro communale di Bologna, Italy and primarily at the Vienna State Opera. In 1992 he made his debut with the Glyndebourne Festival in England, with Cosi fan tutte.
Internationally acclaimed conductor, Bruno Weil pursues a career that is as rich and varied as the vast repertoire he conducts. From period-instrument performances of Baroque, Classic, and early Romantic works to the podiums of the great orchestras and opera festivals of the world, Weil has demonstrated a verstility that is rare among conductors. He has recently emerged, however, as a leading conductor of Viennese classical music, and his recordings of music by Haydn, Mozart, L.v. Beethoven and Schubert have frequently won multiple awards.
Numerous recordings with Tafelmusik, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra have been released on the Sony Classical label, for which Bruno Weil records exclusively. He is considered the world's leading interpreter of Haydn symphonies; Haydn is represented in many of the 22 recordings currently in release. His recording of the "Paris" Symphonies by Haydn won the MIDEM Cannes Classical award in 1996 (in the category for 17th and 18th century orchestral music). Bruno Weil and Tafelmusik have also been awarded the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis (Echo Klassik Award) as Orchestra of the Year in 1996 for their recording of Haydn's Missa Sancti Bernardi (Heiligmesse), and in 1997 he won the Echo Klassik Award as Conductor of the Year. He also has earned enthusiastic acclaim for his recordings of Schubertís complete Masses and Symphonies Nos. 5-8. His recent CD releases include the complete recording of the opera Endimione by Johann Christian Bach, (Echo Klasssik Award 2000 - Best opera recording 17th/18th century) and Franz Lisztís Beethoven Cantata and the Choral Fantasy op.80 by L.v. Beethoven. His latest recording, just released is the Opera Freischütz. Recently released on Sony is a new period-instruments recording of the Mozart Requiem. This recording uses the new performing edition by H.C. Robbins Landon of W.A. Mozartís setting of the Requiem, K. 626, which brings this unfinished work closer than ever to the intentions of the composer and his students, who completed it after his death. Weil's recent Vivarte releases include recordings of L.v. Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with Jos van Immerseel and Violin Concerto with Vera Beths and of Haydn masses - the Theresienmesse and the Nelsonmesse.
In October 2001 Bruno Weil was appointed conducting Professor in Munich at the State Academy for Music and Theatre.