Sieghart's performance was most impressive, especially his talent to structure the symphony to achieve a clear consistency in his interpretation of Bruckner's work. The grand chorales were well balanced, the playing of the trumpets and trombones was never realised at the expense of experiencing the horns. One even felt as if the sound came directly from the legendary Bruckner organ of St. Florian
Music is an essential element of life for Martin Sieghart. “It is there, like my family, with me at all times,” he notes. The conductor, born in Vienna in 1951 and raised in its musical culture, draws on lessons learned from past generations about expression, communication and the spiritual dimension of performance. He also owns the wisdom necessary to know that tradition unquestioned can stifle creativity. His insightful artistry arises from the combination of deep experience and a constant openness to new ideas, fuelled by an insatiable desire to explore even the most familiar of scores as if for the first time. “I come from the Viennese tradition, which of course is very rich,” he observes. “But with every work, I try to find new things to say, a new way to be with the music, however many times I have performed it before. It is important for me to find orchestras who are open to and can share this love for music.”
At the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Sieghart concluded his sixteen-year tenure as Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. He is certain that the process of teaching young conductors has brought benefits to his own work. “It has been so valuable to think about and answer questions such as ‘What can I do better here?’ or ‘Why do I find this passage so difficult?’ To have students is to study every day yourself.” Now free from regular teaching commitments, he has revitalised his career as a guest conductor, in demand not least for his visionary interpretations of the symphonies of Bruckner and Mahler, but also the music of Schreker, Schmidt, Krenek and Penderecki among others.
- Honorary Guest Conductor, Het Gelders Orkest