This season Cornelius Meister begins his tenure as General Music Director of the Staatsoper and the Staatsorchester Stuttgart. Since 2017 he has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. The prizes that he has been awarded with in 2018 include the OPUS Klassik ‘Conductor of the Year’ award, the International Classical Music Award in the ‘Symphonic Recordings’ category for the complete recording of the Bohuslav Martinů symphonies, and the Diapason d’Or and the German Record Critics’ award for the ‘Jules Massenet: Werther’ DVD (Oper Zürich).
In 2018 and 2019 he will conduct concerts at the Teatro alla Scala Milan, in the Kölner Philharmonie, in Vienna, in Tokyo and in Shanghai. As an opera conductor he is involved in the new production of Così fan tutte at the Oper Zürich and will make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York with Don Giovanni. In future seasons he will also be present with Wagner and Richard Strauss at the Wiener Staatsoper, with Mozart at the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Opéra de Paris, as well as with a premiere at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Cornelius Meister has conducted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra (New York), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin as well as the BR, NDR and SWR radio symphony orchestras. In addition to this he cooperates with La Scintilla, the Zürcher Originalklang-Orchester.
Cornelius Meister made his debut at the Hamburgische Staatsoper at the age of 21. Engagements followed at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Theater an der Wien, New National Theatre (Tokyo), San Francisco Opera and The Royal Danish Opera (Copenhagen). Since 2012 he has been conducting at the Wiener Staatsoper, since 2014 at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and since 2015 at the Teatro alla Scala Milan.
Cornelius Meister studied piano and conducting in Hanover with Konrad Meister, Martin Brauß and Eiji Ōue and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Dennis Russell Davies, Jorge Rotter and Karl Kamper. From 2005 to 2012 he was the General Music Director of the Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Heidelberg, and from 2010 to 2018 the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. In 2007 he received an award for the “best German concert programme” and has since received several awards for his educational projects. He has appeared as a pianist in Europe and the United States and has conducted piano concertos by Grieg, Liszt, Gershwin, Beethoven and Mendelssohn from the keyboard.
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