Stefan Vladar

Principal conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra since 2008

Stefan Vladar

Stefan Vladar (c) by Gregor Titze

Born in Vienna Stefan Vladar is one of Austria’s most remarkable musical personalities. He performs regularly as a conductor and a pianist in musical centres in Europe, America and Asia.

Since 2008 Stefan Vladar holds the position as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra with whom he tours through the inland and foreign countries. In the 2016/2017 season, he conducted concerts in Vienna with soloist such as Bo Skovhus, Isabelle van Keulen and Julian Steckel.

In the 2017/2018 season Stefan Vladar will be performing both as a conductor and as a pianist with orchestras such as  the Columbian Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra Südwestfalen, the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonic-Orchestra Chemnitz, the Macao Orchestra, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt and the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonnic Orchestra. Recitals will lead him to the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival and to Taipei, where he will perform at National Concert Hall.

In the last season, Stefan Vladar played together with and conducted a myriad of orchestras such as Lübeck Philharmonic, Columbian Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (tour) and Budweis Philharmonic. As a soloist, he was invited by Daniel Raiskin to perform with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra.

His long-term musical partnership with the prestigious baritone Bo Skovhus was continued in the 2016/2017 season. Amongst others they performed Liederabende at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Zagreb. Stefan Vladar shares his passion for chamber music with several musical colleagues. In the last season he was on tour with a trio project with Daniel Ottensamer (clarinet) and Clemens Hagen (violoncello).

In the 2015/2016 season Stefan Vladar conducted the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow. As a pianist, he performed e.g. with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague and the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz and played solo recitals in Vienna, Zagreb, Munich and Budapest amongst others.

In autumn 2015 the Austrian Label CAPRICCIO started a close partnership with Stefan Vladar. The first release was a CD with piano solo compositions by Maurice Ravel. In October 2016, a 4CD-Box was released with the complete recording of Beethoven´s solo concertos – 5 piano concertos, triple concerto, violin concerto, 2 violin romances (Stefan Vladar performing as a pianist and conducting the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, soloist Isabelle van Keulen and Julian Steckel). In addition, a recording of Schubert’s three major song cycles with Bo Skovhus was released during the 2016/2017 season. Stefan Vladar’s discography includes more than 30 releases for labels such as harmonia mundi and Sony Classical

As a pianist, he has been performing 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 Vladar is professor of piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria

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