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Philipp von Steinaecker

Conductor

  • von Steinaecker was able to balance the orchestra well, combining delicacy and lyricism and blending the vocal part and the instrumental part beautifully
    La Voce
  • Steinaecker has a keen ear for Haydn’s miraculously inventive orchestration and secures lively, stylistically assured playing from his cosmopolitan period band
    Gramophone
  • He has the gift of originality and it will be interesting to hear him again
    Corriere della Sera
  • Philipp von Steinaecker directed flawlessly
    Giornale della Musica
  • Philipp von Steinaecker is an award-winning conductor who was the first recipient of the Melgaard Young Conductor position with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  His musical interests are extremely broad and multi-facetted. He feels equally at home in the German romantic repertoire as in the music of the Second Viennese School. He is passionate about baroque and classical music and has a profound stylistic understanding for both, which has led to him founding his own period instrument orchestra Musica Saeculorum.

    Originally trained as a cellist he grew up in Hamburg and later studied at the Juilliard School in New York and at the CNSM in Paris. He worked extensively with Claudio Abbado as a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and with John Eliot Gardiner in the Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique. Both conductors are an important inspiration to him and have had a strong influence on his musical development.

    While playing in the MCO Philipp studied conducting at the Vienna University for Music. After a year as the ‘young conductor’ with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment he assisted Sir John Eliot Gardiner on two opera productions at the Opéra Comique. He also became the assistant of Claudio Abbado, thus receiveing apprenticeships from the two conductors that were most important in his musical formation.

    He has since conducted a growing number of orchestras and has recently stepped in for Abbado to conduct the Orchestra Mozart in two concerts in Bologna. In 2012-13 he appeared for the first time with the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo and was immediately re-invited to conduct the orchestra in several concerts of Beethoven’s 9th symphony in 2013. 

    He made debut with Musica Saeculorum at the Kölner Philharmonie with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 1 on period instruments in 2013 and was invited to conduct a production of Mozart’s Mitridate at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.  In May 2014 Philipp made his debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducting Haydn The Seasons and was immediately re-invited for 2 further projects with the SRSO.

    In the past he has conducted Camerata Salzburg, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra del Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, the Filarmonica di Torino and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, many of whom he will return to conduct in 2013-14.  Future highlights include Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona and the Residentie Hague Philharmonic.

    With Musica Saeculourm he has released Haydn Creation & Bruckner Symphony No. 1 on fra bernardo and Handel’s Messiah a program with arrangements for Salon Orchestra for the Alte Musik-label of the ORF.

    Philipp von Steinaecker was a founding member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and a member of Claudio Abbado’s Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He has played principal cello with the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique. As a student he played regularly with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and in the Vienna State Opera.

    • Haydn The Creation
      Fra Bernardo (FB1301272)

      For obvious commercial reasons, recordings of The Creation in English are still rare.... this new version derives from a performance in the South Tyrol, directed by the young German conductor Philipp von Steinaecker. .... 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. ..... The all-English chorus .... is lithe and youthfully fresh of tone, topped by a gleaming soprano line. Tenors and basses are incisive without ever bawling (the tenors’ leap to a top A near the climax of ‘The Heavens are telling’ rings out thrillingly); ... the singers clearly articulate Baron van Swieten’s quaint, Milton-inspired text, touched up at some of its more nonsensical moments. ... The long Adam-and-Eve love duet is a delight, lyrically intimate at the opening, eager and impulsive in the Allegro, frolicking, chortling woodwind to the fore. I’m glad to have heard this new recording....
      Gramophone 09/2014
    • Brixen Sommerfestival / Musica Saecolorum
      Schütz Musikalische Exequien

      In these sacred surroundings Musica Saeculorum under their sensitive conductor Philipp von Steinaecker turned this concert into a mystic evolution of the mass. Von Steinaecker's Interpretation of Schütz's "Musikalische Exequien" is as pure as the fresco of a Pietà. His wonderful singers and continuo players carry the text with refined sound culture and the solos blossom sweetly over the beautifully discreet continuo. Especially in the ensembles it's as though the music's grief was carried together with the audience who become the procession of mourners, sharing this compelling experience in eternal piece and unforgettable enthusiasm
      Dolomiten 16.7.2013
      Philipp von Steinaecker conducted his excellently trained Choir Musica Saeculorum in Schütz's "Musikalische Exequien" and it was a performance of moving intensity. Von Steinaecker possesses a profound understanding of the baroque musical language and knows how to turn this music into an experience. The theological content of the text might be a closed book to our sober modern times, but it is in performances like this that one senses how alive the connection between composer and his subject once was.
      Tageszeitung 16.7.2013
    • La Colombe, Orchestra della Toscana
      Settimana Musicale Senese, 9 July 2013

      Conductor Philipp von Steinaecker was able to balance the orchestra well, combining delicacy and lyricism and blending the vocal part and the instrumental part beautifully
      La Voce
      Philipp von Steinaecker’s gestures were well articulated
      La Repubblica
      Philipp von Steinaecker directed flawlessly
      Giornale della Musica
      the confident Philipp von Steinaecker, who entertained with such grace, such musical merriment and made the audience smile in front of an unknown work in Italy – performed here for the first time - but what subtle spirit, what wit and what beautiful music!
      Città Nuova
      Philipp von Steinaecker demonstrated absolute mastery of the score and had a successful connection with the stage
      Corriere di Siena
  • Photos

    • Photographer credit: Deniz Saylan
      Photographer credit: Deniz Saylan
    • Photographer credit: Ben Wright
      Photographer credit: Ben Wright
    • Photographer credit: Ben Wright
      Photographer credit: Ben Wright
    • Photographer credit: Ben Wright
      Photographer credit: Ben Wright