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Philipp von Steinaecker

Conductor

From the opening evocation of the primeval void, Steinaecker has a keen ear for Haydn’s miraculously inventive orchestration and secures lively, stylistically assured playing from his cosmopolitan period band.

Richard Wigmore, Gramophone, The Creation

The 2016 edition introduced us to the formidable Philipp von Steinaecker who conducted the St. John Passion. He opted for a sober vision of the piece. No germanic decorum as is often the case with this Passion, no inclination for superfluousness of any kind. This conductor prefers to show rather than having to prove a point.

La Provence, St. John Passion, Festival de Pâques Aix
  • Artistic Director, Musica Saeculorum
  • Artistic Director, Mahler Academy Bolzano

Philipp von Steinaecker was the first recipient of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Melgaard Young Conductor position. Since then he has had broad experience as a guest conductor with many orchestras including the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, Fondazione Toscanini di Parma, Residentie Hague Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonia. He has also conducted critically acclaimed productions of Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona and Gounod’s La Colombe at the Chigiana in Siena.  

Equally at home in the German romantic repertoire as in the works of the Second Viennese School, his passion and profound stylistic understanding for the music of the baroque and classical periods led him to found his own period instrument orchestra, Musica Saeculorum. Together they have appeared at the Cologne Philharmonie, the Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk in Austria, the Festival des Pâques d’Aix-en-Provence and the Philharmonie Essen. The group has released an already impressive discography including recordings of Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Bruckner’s Symphony no.1, Bruckner's Motets, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde and a CD with arrangements for Salon Orchestra. Their next recording, a collaboration with soprano Camilla Tilling featuring arias by Mozart and Gluck, will be released in February 2017.

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