In the autumn of 2012 Alexander Liebreich began his first season as chief conductor and artistic director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the first foreign conductor to hold this position. In autumn 2014 he inaugurated the new Philharmonic Hall in Katowice, the orchestra’s home, with a performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No1 with Krystian Zimerman, Beethoven Choral Symphony and works by Lutoslawski, Penderecki and Gorecki following a critically acclaimed tour of Europe visiting Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Liebreich has a very strong affinity with Polish music and his new collaboration with the orchestra and Accentus will feature five recordings of pieces by Lutoslawski alongside other great Polish works – the first recording of Lutowlaski/Szymanowski garnering excellent reviews. In May 2015 he led as Artistic Director the new Festival Katowice Kultura Natura where in addition to NOSPR resident artists include RIAS Kammerchor, London Sinfonietta, Andras Schiff and Miklos Perenyi.
He held the position of artistic director and principal conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra from 2006 – 2016. Their first collaborative CD, featuring works by Joseph Haydn and Isang Yun, was released to great critical acclaim by the label ECM in January 2008, and was followed in 2009 by the launch of a Bach CD with Hilary Hahn, Christine Schäfer and Matthias Goerne, by Deutsche Grammophon. His recording featuring Rossini overtures, was released in 2011 and was named CD of the month by Fono Forum.
As one of Germany’s foremost conductors Alexander Liebreich’s extensive career takes him around the world. As guest conductor he has worked with many prestigious orchestras including the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Dresden Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Osaka Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra.
Recent and future engagements include debuts with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony, Brno Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Aalborg Symphony, Akademie für Alte Musik and Staatsorchester Stuttgart.
He has performed with distinguished soloists such as Lisa Batiashvili, Krystian Zimerman, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Leila Josefowicz, and Maxim Vengerov.
Alongside his concerts and opera productions, Liebreich has established a reputation for producing innovative projects. In 2002 he visited North and South Korea with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie where they gave the first Korean performances of Bruckner Symphony No. 8. In 2011 he became the first European artistic director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) in South Korea, one of the biggest and most important festivals in Asia. With the goal of encouraging intercultural encounters, he implemented the “east-west-residence-programme”, inviting guest artists like Heiner Goebbels, Unsuk Chin, Martin Grubinger, Toshio Hosokawa and Beat Furrer to South Korea.
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. After he was awarded the Kirill Kondraschin Conducting Competition Prize b Alexander Liebreich was appointed assistant to Edo de Waart at the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
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