Martin Kerschbaum

conductor
biography

Austrian-born Martin Kerschbaum studied music in Vienna and then joined the Wiener Symphoniker as an orchestra musician, an experience that has informed his work as a conductor to this day.

Martin Kerschbaum is the chief conductor of the Vienna Classical Players, an orchestra which he founded in 2003. International tours with this ensemble have taken him to Malta, Italy, Germany, France, Japan and Turkey in recent years. In Austria, Kerschbaum and his chamber orchestra have made concert appearances at the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, the Haydnfestspiele in Eisenstadt, the Weinklang Festival Raiding and the Landecker Musikwochen, among others. In 2010, the Vienna Classical Players also performed in Pécs in Hungary, one of the European Capitals of Culture that year.

Highlights in Kerschbaum's career include a program entitled "Mozart and the Turks," which he staged together with his Vienna Classical Players orchestra at the Wiener Konzerthaus in 2006 (as a contribution to Vienna's official Mozart Year), and a double CD recording of Mozart's concertos for violin and orchestra with soloist Rainer Honeck for the Orfeo International label. Kerschbaum's recording of Karl Komzák's "Badner Mad'ln" waltz, again with the Vienna Classical Players, on a CD of rarities from the Strauß era (Reutterer Music label) was voted one of the world top 40 Classical music interpretations on Nokia's music platform in 2006.

The conductor recorded CDs covering the complete series of Haydn's cello concertos in June 2008, Mendelssohn's violin concerto and concerto for piano and violin in 2009, and Dvořák's cello concerto in 2010. The first recording of Franz Danzi's cello concerto in E minor (also in 2010) as well as a CD featuring violin works by Schubert and Mieczysław Weinberg met with great acclaim as well. The OeNB's CD also includes pieces that have never been recorded before, i.e. Franz von Suppés Concerto No. 2 and Kurt Schwertsik's Violin Concerto No. 1.

In August 2009, Martin Kerschbaum made his first appearance at the Bregenz Festival at a large open air concert, and in 2010, he was invited to conduct a concert of works by contemporary composer Johannes Maria Staud in the Art of Our Times cycle. In the same year, on invitation of Maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev, the conductor made his Moscow debut with the renowned Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra playing works by Haydn and Mozart under his baton. Kerschbaum's efforts were immediately rewarded with an invitation to return in 2012 and 2015. Moreover, Kerschbaum debuted as a guest conductor with the Orquesta de Córdoba in Spain and the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne in 2010. In 2015, Martin Kerschbaum will for the first time conduct the Philharmonisches Orchester Würzburg and will lead an opera choir tour of the K&K Philharmoniker.

Since 2008, Martin Kerschbaum has regularly toured Germany, Scandinavia and Switzerland with the K&K Philharmoniker. Since 2009, Kerschbaum has also repeatedly performed at the Tyrolean Beethoven Days in Thiersee as a guest conductor together with the K&K Philharmoniker.

Other guest conductorships and tours have taken Martin Kerschbaum to Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Poland, Malta, San Marino, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Turkey and the U.S.A.Austrian-born Martin Kerschbaum studied music in Vienna and then joined the Wiener Symphoniker as an orchestra musician, an experience that has informed his work as a conductor to this day.

Martin Kerschbaum is the chief conductor of the Vienna Classical Players, an orchestra which he founded in 2003. International tours with this ensemble have taken him to Malta, Italy, Germany, France, Japan and Turkey in recent years. In Austria, Kerschbaum and his chamber orchestra have made concert appearances at the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, the Haydnfestspiele in Eisenstadt, the Weinklang Festival Raiding and the Landecker Musikwochen, among others. In 2010, the Vienna Classical Players also performed in Pécs in Hungary, one of the European Capitals of Culture that year.

Highlights in Kerschbaum's career include a program entitled "Mozart and the Turks," which he staged together with his Vienna Classical Players orchestra at the Wiener Konzerthaus in 2006 (as a contribution to Vienna's official Mozart Year), and a double CD recording of Mozart's concertos for violin and orchestra with soloist Rainer Honeck for the Orfeo International label. Kerschbaum's recording of Karl Komzák's "Badner Mad'ln" waltz, again with the Vienna Classical Players, on a CD of rarities from the Strauß era (Reutterer Music label) was voted one of the world top 40 Classical music interpretations on Nokia's music platform in 2006.

The conductor recorded CDs covering the complete series of Haydn's cello concertos in June 2008, Mendelssohn's violin concerto and concerto for piano and violin in 2009, and Dvořák's cello concerto in 2010. The first recording of Franz Danzi's cello concerto in E minor (also in 2010) as well as a CD featuring violin works by Schubert and Mieczysław Weinberg met with great acclaim as well. The OeNB's CD also includes pieces that have never been recorded before, i.e. Franz von Suppés Concerto No. 2 and Kurt Schwertsik's Violin Concerto No. 1.

In August 2009, Martin Kerschbaum made his first appearance at the Bregenz Festival at a large open air concert, and in 2010, he was invited to conduct a concert of works by contemporary composer Johannes Maria Staud in the Art of Our Times cycle. In the same year, on invitation of Maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev, the conductor made his Moscow debut with the renowned Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra playing works by Haydn and Mozart under his baton. Kerschbaum's efforts were immediately rewarded with an invitation to return in 2012 and 2015. Moreover, Kerschbaum debuted as a guest conductor with the Orquesta de Córdoba in Spain and the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne in 2010. In 2015, Martin Kerschbaum will for the first time conduct the Philharmonisches Orchester Würzburg and will lead an opera choir tour of the K&K Philharmoniker.

Since 2008, Martin Kerschbaum has regularly toured Germany, Scandinavia and Switzerland with the K&K Philharmoniker. Since 2009, Kerschbaum has also repeatedly performed at the Tyrolean Beethoven Days in Thiersee as a guest conductor together with the K&K Philharmoniker.

Other guest conductorships and tours have taken Martin Kerschbaum to Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Poland, Malta, San Marino, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Turkey and the U.S.A.

 


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