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The German conductor Alexander Liebreich, currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Katowice Kultura Natura Festival and Richard Strauss Festival, will become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2018/2019 season.
The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2016. Alexander Liebreich will be the orchestra’s tenth Chief Conductor.
Alexander Liebreich, was born in Regensburg and studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and the Salzburg Mozarteum and gained much of his early artistic experience with both Claudio Abbado and Michael Gielen. His is first professional post was as assistant conductor to Edo de Waart at the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest-Holland
He held the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra from 2006 – 2016. In September 2012 he became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Czech Radio’s Director General, René Zavoral, told journalists.
“I regard Alexander Liebreich as an excellent musician who knows precisely what sound and expression he wants to achieve when he conducts an orchestra. At the same time, he has sufficient experience, including with radio orchestras, to be able to lead the PRSO as chief conductor and artistic director. Our joint concert at the end of October convinced me that Alexander Liebreich is the right choice for the orchestra. Under his leadership, the PRSO can genuinely become one of Europe’s top radio orchestras,”
“The PRSO is obligated to the public not only to do concerts but also studio recordings. As a radio orchestra it has to be versatile while at the same time always offering the highest level of interpretation. Alexander Liebreich is a conductor with a very broad-ranging repertoire, from Baroque to premieres of contemporary compositions. The presentation of Czech and world premieres in combination with the classical repertoire fulfils precisely the new conception of the orchestra that we presented ahead of the 90th season,” added the orchestra’s director, Jakub Čížek.
Alexander Liebreich had this to say about his future engagement with the PRSO:
“The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra has a leading position in one of the most important capitals of classical music. To become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of this orchestra is an outstanding honour, but moreover a clear challenge for me and for the musicians to seek highest quality of music making in the legendary Rudolfinum and on international stages. The Czech tradition in arts and culture is strongly connected with the history of my own family, which offers us a wonderful and authentic basis to create exciting musical encounters. I am thankful to the Czech Radio putting the trust and the effort in this future collaboration!”