Artistic Direction

Vinzenz Praxmarer

Vinzenz Praxmarer

Artistic Director

Vinzenz Praxmarer graduated from the Konservatorium Wien music university with a conducting degree in 2007. Among others, he has assisted Kirill Petrenko, Bertrand de Billy, Marc Albrecht, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Christoph Eschenbach and most recently Franz Welser-Möst, and has been assistant conductor and director of studies at the Theater an der Wien (Intermezzo, Ariadne auf Naxos, Der Freischütz), the Salzburg Festival (Lulu, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Fidelio, Die Liebe der Danae), the Opéra national de Lyon and the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam (Don Carlo, Il Trittico, Eine florentinische Tragödie), among others.

In 2006 Praxmarer made his debut at the Lehár Festival Bad Ischl, followed by numerous productions and a 2011 gala concert with Angelika Kirchschlager, with whom he has worked regularly since. In 2011 Praxmarer also conducted Le nozze di Figaro at the opera festival in Klosterneuburg. Further debuts took him to Vienna’s Volksoper (Das Land des Lächelns), the Bregenz State Theatre (Die Zauberflöte), and in Switzerland the Bern Theatre as well as the St. Gallen Theatre.

In 2012 Praxmarer made his debut at the Vienna State Opera with Richard Wagner’s early work Die Feen. In 2012/13 he was the musical director for the State Opera’s revival of the children’s opera Das Traumfresserchen; in 2013 he conducted the world premiere of Elisabeth Naske’s children’s opera Das Städtchen Drumherum and in 2014 Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung for Children. In 2015 he was invited to conduct the production Siegfried et l’anneau maudit (an abridged version of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung) at the Opéra national de Paris.

In the symphonic field he has been invited to the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (Riga), the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra (Lithuania), the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic and others. He also conducted the 2012 gala concert of the Belvedere Competition. Further highlights were his concerts with the Munich Radio Orchestra at Munich’s Prinzregententheater and his debut with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra at the Svetlanovsky Hall in Moscow.

In 1998 he founded the Viennese chamber orchestra Divertimento Viennese, whose artistic director he has since been. Together with KS Angelika Kirchschlager the orchestra appeared in the spring of 2016 at the Brucknerhaus Linz and at Vienna’s Konzerthaus with works by composers forced into emigration (Korngold, Schoenberg, Weill). In the season 17/18 the orchestra performed in Vienna and abroad, just as New York, Milano, Chemnitz and Las Palmas (Gran Canaria).

The season 2016/17 furthermore brought new productions of Pollicino at the Theater St. Gallen , Hänsel und Gretel at the Theater an der Wien in der Kammeroper and Così fan tutte with the Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic as well as concerts with the Philharmonic in Sofia, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Vienna’s Akademische Philharmonie, the Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic and the orchestra Divertimento Viennese.

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