In the autumn of 2012 Alexander Liebreich began his first season as chief conductor and artistic director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR), and the first foreign conductor to hold this position. In 2014 he inaugurated the new Philharmonic Hall in Katowice, the orchestra’s home, with a performance including the Brahms Piano Concerto No1 with Krystian Zimerman. 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. Their third CD release was winner of the International Classical Music Awards 2017 category “Best Collection” featuring works by Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski.
In May 2015 he became Artistic Director of the new Festival Katowice Kultura Natura where in addition to NOSPR, resident artists included RIAS Kammerchor, London Sinfonietta, András Schiff and Miklós Perényi. In 2018, he will take over as Artistic Director of the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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 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.
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, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Dresden Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Recent and future engagements include debuts with the Essen Philharmonic, Orquesta de Valencia, Tonhalle Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony 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 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.
In October 2016 the Bavarian Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Art announced that Alexander Liebreich would be the recipient of a Special Award in connection with the year’s Bavarian Culture Prize.
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.
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