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Philipp von Steinaecker

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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 Rijeka Symphony Orchestra. Originally trained as a cellist, he was encouraged into a conducting career by Claudio Abbado and subsequently became the first recipient of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's Melgaard Young Conductor position. Since then he has featured as a guest conductor 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 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, Mahler Academy Bolzano

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