Philipp von Steinaecker with Musica Saeculorum (detail) View full image

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

[This] edition introduces 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

Philipp von Steinaecker is Principal Guest Conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and was the first recipient of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's Melgaard Young Conductor position. Originally trained as a cellist, he was encouraged into a conducting career by Claudio Abbado. Since then he has had broad experience as a guest conductor, working with orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Residentie Hague Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra 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.

His discography includes recordings of Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation (nominated for International Classic Music Award 2015), Bruckner’s Symphony N.1, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and an album featuring arias by Mozart and Gluck with soprano Camilla Tilling.


  • Principal Guest Conductor, Slovenska Filharmonija
  • Principal Guest Conductor, Hrvatsko Narodno Kazalište Ivana pl. Zajca Rijeka
  • Artistic Director, Grandhôtel Orchestra Toblach
  • Artistic Director, Mahler Academy Bolzano

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