Hartmut Haenchen is undoubtedly one of the great Wagner conductors of our time.
Hartmut Haenchen's high intellect and musical integrity have secured his place in the forefront of musical life. Born in Dresden in 1943 he was raised in the post-war German Democratic Republic. Despite the restrictions imposed by the former East German regime, Haenchen was granted permission to work with the West’s finest ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1986 he moved to the Netherlands and was appointed Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Chamber orchestras, and Music Director of Dutch National Opera. His breadth of experience and depth of understanding have won respect, while audiences have warmed to the humanity of his interpretations. He is particularly renowned and respected for his readings of works by Richard Strauss, Wagner and Mahler. In October 2008 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Republic of Germany, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music and the arts.
Current highlights include a new production of Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival to be released on Deutsche Grammophon, Tristan und Isolde and Elektra at Opéra de Lyon, and Così fan tutte at Grand Théâtre de Genève; a continuation of his War & Peace project and symphonic concerts throughout the world. He is also embarking on a Bruckner series, with plans to conduct all the Bruckner symphonies in the new critical edition. In recognition of Haenchen’s recent performances, the German periodical Opernwelt named him Conductor of the Year 2017 and in 2018 Haenchen was awarded the Richard-Wagner-Preis by the Richard-Wagner-Stiftung, Leipzig. Future plans include appearances at Opernhaus Zürich and the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Two Artistic Directors, past and present open the 41st Dresdner MusikfestspieleHartmut Haenchen 11 May 2018
NewsletterSignings, Awards and CDs 4 May 2018
Hartmut Haenchen receives this year's Leipzig Richard Wagner Prize3 May 2018
Hartmut Haenchen steps in to conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France29 March 2018
Hartmut Haenchen is Opernwelt's Conductor of the Year 201729 September 2017
Hartmut Haenchen returns to the Bayreuther Festspiele21 July 2017
Haenchen jumps in at short notice at Festival Saint Denis8 June 2017
Haenchen conducts legendary Elektra and Tristan at Opéra de Lyon17 March 2017
Haenchen conducts world premiere in Geneva7 December 2016
Maestro Arts artists nominated for Opernwelt awards2 December 2016
Haenchen brings Dvořák Beethoven and Schumann to Japan21 October 2016
Haenchen turns time into space on his triumphant search for Bayreuth's Grail29 July 2016
Hartmut Haenchen steps in to conduct Parsifal at Bayreuth5 July 2016
Haenchen triumphant at Royal Opera and Concertgebouw31 May 2016
Haenchen jumps in at Opéra de Lyon5 February 2016
Hartmut Haenchen returns to Japan with Brahms21 October 2015
Hartmut Haenchen creates War & Peace27 September 2015
Hartmut Haenchen creates big bang with Haydn's Creation8 September 2015