Short Biography

Johannes Wildner studied conducting, violin and musicology and has established himself as one of the foremost Austrian conductors.

His years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive stamp.

After positions as Chief Conductor of Prague State Opera and First Permanent Conductor of Leipzig Opera, Johannes Wildner was the General Music Director of the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia (Germany) for ten years from 1997. He served as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London from 2010-2014.

From 2013-2023, he has been University Professor of Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and Artistic Director of the Festival Oper Burg Gars. Since 2008, he has conducted the Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra in in the most prestigious venues, like the Golden Hall at Vienna Musikverein or Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, as well as on tour in Europe, Japan, China, Korea or Mexico. Since 2019, he has been principal conductor of the South Danish Symphony Orchestra.

He has regularly appeared as a guest conductor in major opera houses such as the Tokyo New National Theatre, the Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, the Arena di Verona, Leipzig, Graz, Salzburg, Prague and Zagreb State Opera, and with orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the MDR Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

Johannes Wildner has recorded over 100 CDs, DVDs and videos, including the integral versions of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte, recordings of Carmen and Nozze di Figaro, Bruckner’s Third and Ninth Symphonies, and three CDs of previously unknown repertoire by Zeisl, Marx and David, Robert Schumann’s complete works for piano and orchestra, with pianist Lev Vinocour and the RSO Vienna, Beethoven violin concerto (soloist: Alexandre Da Costa) and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony with Taipei Symphony Orchestra, as well as works by forgotten composers like D’Erlanger and Braunfels with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Photo: Lukas Beck

Long Biography

The Austrian conductor Johannes Wildner has been Chief Conductor of the Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra in Sønderborg (DK) since 2019/20. From 2013-2023 he also was a University Professor for Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, as well as the artistic director of the Austrian opera festival Oper Burg Gars. In the years before, the musicologist, who holds a doctorate in musicology, was Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London (2010-2014), General Music Director of the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia, which is also the opera orchestra of the Musiktheater im Revier (1997-2007), First Permanent Conductor of the Leipzig Opera (1996-98), as well as Chief Conductor of the Prague State Opera (1994-95) and the State Philharmonic Orchestra Košice (Slovakia, 1990-93).

His years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive stamp.

In the Festival Oper Burg Gars, which he directs, Wildner conducted Verdi’s “Aida” after the very successful productions of “Don Carlo”, “Otello”, “Magic Flute”, “Tosca”, “Fidelio”, “Carmen” and as his last production in Gars in 2023.

As part of his collaboration with the Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra, Johannes Wildner regularly performs at the Vienna Musikverein, the Elphilharmonie Hamburg and on tour in Japan, China and Korea.

As a guest conductor, he regularly appears on the rostrum of major orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Arena di Verona, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra Copenhagen, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gelders Orkest in Arnhem, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra, the China Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

As a sought-after opera and operetta conductor, Johannes Wildner has conducted not only at the Prague State Opera, the Leipzig Opera (TV recordings of Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and “Così fan tutte”) and the Musiktheater im Revier/Gelsenkirchen, but also at the Vienna Volksoper, the Graz, Salzburg and Linz Opera Houses, the Wagner Festival in Wels, the Halle Opera, the Arena di Verona, the New National Theater Tokyo, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, the Croatian National Theater Zagreb, the Lithuanian Opera in Vilnius, the National Theater in Bucharest, the National Opera Bratislava, the Brno National Theater, as well as at the Seefestspiele Mörbisch, the Metropol Theater Berlin, the Vienna Summer Festival “Mozart in Schönbrunn”, at the Carinthian Summer Festival, at the Opera Festival St. Margarethen; the NCPA in Mumbai, or the “Festival de Mayo” in Guadalajara/Mexico,

Johannes Wildner recorded over 100 CDs, DVDs and videos with a wide opera and concert repertoire, including the complete recordings of “Die Fledermaus”, “Così fan tutte” for Naxos and a live recording of Bizet’s “Carmen”, Bruckner’s 3rd (in all versions) and 9th. Sinfonie (with reconstructed 4th movement) or the complete works for piano and orchestra by Robert Schumann with the ORF RSO Vienna and Lev Vinocour for Sony RCA Red Seal, or Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and his Violin Concerto with Alexandre da Costa and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra for Warner. Numerous recordings also document his interest in rarely played or forgotten music: Works by Erich Zeisl, Joseph Marx and Johann Nepomuk David with the ORF-RSO Vienna for cpo; Joseph Marx’ “Autumn Symphony” with the Graz Philharmonic, or works by Frédéric d’Erlanger Walter Braunfels or Charles Martin Loeffler with the BBC Orchestra for Dutton Records.

Johannes Wildner studied conducting (with Karl Österreicher, Otmar Suitner and Vladimir Delman), violin and musicology in Vienna and Parma.

www.johanneswildner.com

05/2023

Photo: Lukas Beck