Principal conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra since 2008
Born in Vienna, Stefan Vladar is one of Austria’s most remarkable musical personalities. He performs regularly as a conductor and pianist in music centres throughout Europe, America and Asia. In the 2015/16 season, the Vienna Concert House celebrated his 50th birthday with a series of 13 concerts in which he displayed his diverse artistic scope as a soloist, conductor, accompanist and chamber musician.
Stefan Vladar was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in 2008. In the 2015/16 season, he conducted the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Bankok Symphony Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and the Tschaikowsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow. As a concert pianist, he performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague and the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, and gave solo recitals in Vienna, Zagreb, Munich and Budapest, among others.
In autumn 2015, the Austrian Label CAPRICCIO started a close partnership with Stefan Vladar and released a CD with solo piano compositions by Maurice Ravel. In 2016, a 4 CD-Box with the complete recording of Beethoven’s solo concertos – 5 piano concertos, triple concerto, violin concerto and 2 violin romances – followed, featuring Stefan Vladar performing as a pianist and conducting his Vienna Chamber Orchestra. In addition, a recording of Schubert’s three major song cycles is currently being prepared with Bo Skovhus.
Stefan Vladar was a student of Hans Petermandl at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 1985 he won the 1st prize of the prestigious International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna. Since then, he has performed under the baton of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladimir Fedosejev, Christopher Hogwood, Louis Langrée, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle and Christian Thielemann in appearances with numerous orchestras such as Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Bayerische Staatsorchester, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokio, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich.
As a conductor, he has worked with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Residence Orchestra Den Haag, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Tschaikowsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, Stuttgart Philharmonic, RSO Budapest, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the chamber orchestras of Basel, Cologne, Prague and Zurich, among others. He has performed together with soloists such as Tzimon Barto, Janine Jansen, Isabelle van Keulen, Viktoria Mullova, Julian Rachlin, Heinrich Schiff and with singers such as Ian Bostridge, Johan Botha, Jonas Kaufmann, Angelika Kirchschlager, Thomas Quasthoff, Ramon Vargas and Pretty Yende. Stefan has a close long-term musical cooperation with the baritone Bo Skovhus.
Stefan Vladar has been guest artist of the Salzburg Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Musikfest Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele, Rheingau Music Festival, Piano Festival Ruhr, Schwetzing SWR Festival and the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Bergen, Bogotá, Edinburgh, Gstaad, Hongkong, Osaka as well as the Opéra Bastille Paris and the Musikverein Vienna. He was “Artist in residence” of the Bodenseefestival and the Duisburg Philharmonic. Since almost 20 years he has been Artistic Director of the „Neuberger Kulturtage“.
Vladar’s discography includes more than 30 releases for labels such as harmonia mundi and Sony Classical, documenting his work as a pianist and as a conductor with works by Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Prokofiev and Scriabin.