Biography

Christian Thielemann

Current as of July 2021

Christian Thielemann has been chief conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden since the 2012/13 season. Following posts at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Gelsenkirchen, Karlsruhe, Hanover and Dusseldorf, he moved to Nuremberg in 1988 as general music director. In 1997 he returned to his hometown as general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin before holding the same position with the Munich Philharmonic from 2004 to 2011. In addition to his position in Dresden, he has been artistic director of the Salzburg Easter Festival since 2013, where the Staatskapelle Dresden is orchestra in residence.

Over recent seasons, Christian Thielemann has devoted himself intensively to works by Wagner and Strauss, while exploring music from Bach to Henze, Rihm and Gubaidulina, both in Dresden and on tour. At the Semperoper, he has most recently conducted new productions of Der Freischütz and Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as new productions at the Salzburg Easter Festival of works such as Die Walküre, Tosca and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Christian Thielemann works closely with both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, for whom he conducted the New Year’s Day Concert in 2019. In 2015, after five years as its musical advisor, he was appointed music director of the Bayreuth Festival, where he has thrilled audiences with his benchmark interpretations since his debut in 2000. He also appears regularly with major orchestras in Europe, the USA, Israel and Asia.

As an exclusive artist with UNITEL, Christian Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of award-winning recordings. His most recent projects with the Staatskapelle Dresden include Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, the symphonies of Brahms, Bruckner and Schumann and numerous operas.

Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and has an honorary doctorate from the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar and the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2020 he was named an honorary professor at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden. In May 2015 he received the Richard Wagner Prize from the Richard Wagner Foundation in Leipzig and in October 2016 was awarded the Prize of the Semperoper Trust. He is patron of the Richard Wagner Sites in Graupa and the 49th international youth competition of the Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken. In 2019 he was awarded honorary membership of the Gustav Mahler Association in Hamburg.

read more collapse

Photos and Videos

Christian Thielemann Salzburg Festival
open gallery
Christian Thielemann Conductor
open gallery
open gallery