Alexander Steinitz, Conductor

Alexander Steinitz, Conductor - English Biography

Born in the city of Salzburg, Alexander Steinitz is gaining international attention for his performances in both the concert and operatic fields. He regularly follows invitations to several European countries as well as Japan, Canada and the USA.

Alexander Steinitz studied orchestral conducting at the Vienna University of Music and passed his public diploma examination at a concert in the Great Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. He also completed a year abroad at the renowned Yale University in the USA. Master classes with Zubin Mehta, Kenneth Kiesler, Lorin Maazel and Jorma Panula rounded off his education.

Alexander Steinitz gained important experience in the field of opera, initially as a solo répétiteur and conductor at the Tiroler Landestheater under the directorship of Kammersängerin Brigitte Fassbaender, before he worked at several theaters in German-speaking countries as Principal Conductor and Vice General Music Director. The music magazine crescendo praised his work in Osnabrück and "the impressive musical accents with the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra". A highlight at Theater Magdeburg was the production of Gluck's "Orpheus and Eurydice" with the director Andreas Kriegenburg, which was rated "best music theater production" by several specialist magazines and received a nomination for the German Theater Prize FAUST. At the Staatstheater Meiningen, Alexander Steinitz also worked as an interim General Music Director. At the theater in Krefeld/Mönchengladbach, his production of "Don Giovanni" was recorded for television (ARD) and received the Rheinische Post Theater Oscar for "Best Music Theater Production". Alexander Steinitz made guest appearances at the Vienna Volksoper ("Land of Smiles"), at the Chemnitz Opera ("Magic Flute") or at the Braunschweig State Theater, where he also conducted "Magic Flute" and was then invited to conduct the premiere of Verdi's "La forza del destino". At the Wuppertal Opera he conducted a children's version of Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffmann" and was subsequently engaged for the revival of Puccini's "Tosca".

In the concert field, previous performances include concerts with the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Philharmonic State Orchestra Halle, the Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto COC Orchestra or the Vienna Chamber Soloists, whom he accompanied on their tour to Japan. He later conducted Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Nagoya. As Vice and interim General Music Director, he conducted, among others, Gustav Mahler's 5th Symphony, Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade", Witold Lutoslawski's "Concerto for Orchestra" and numerous other important works of the classical and romantic repertoire. He has worked with soloists such as Emmanuel Ceysson, Markus Groh, Linus Roth, Adrian Oetiker, Peter Schmidl, Lilya Zilberstein, Raphaël Sévère and William Youn.

Alexander Steinitz was able to receive several prizes and awards, such as at the "Forum of Young Artists" in Vienna, at the Conductor's Forum in Hamm or the Gennadi Roschdestwenski Conductor's Competition. He received a sponsorship award from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Art and Culture and had several appearances on radio and TV (ARD, Deutschlandradio, ORF, NHK, WPKN).

Alexander Steinitz wrote several orchestral instrumentations that have been performed by the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.