Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli was born in Linz in 1968 and studied cultural management and languages at the University of Passau. Following several internships, including at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, he went on to deepen his language skills.
Since 1996 he has been artistic and managing director of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO) in Vienna, which is the only pan-European and world-leading youth orchestra that appears regularly at the world’s most renowned festivals and concert halls. It was recognized by the European Cultural Foundation in 2007 and has been Ambassador of UNICEF Austria since 2012. The Orchestra is under the patronage of the European Council.
Throughout his tenure at the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli has enhanced the artistic and financial position of the Orchestra within the global classical music business. In 2012 he initiated a close partnership with the Staatskapelle Dresden, together with former orchestra director Jan Nast. He also established long-term sponsorship agreements with multinational corporations and is responsible for a number of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester’s recordings and media activities, including DVDs and CDs with Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung and Franz Welser-Möst.
Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli is a founding jury member of the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award at the Salzburg Festival. He is also an artistic consultant to the music department at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and a jury member of the Innovative Orchestra Award of the German Orchestra Foundation.