Johannes Wildner studied conducting, violin and musicology in Vienna and Parma (with Karl Österreicher, Otmar Suitner and Vladimir Delman) 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 at the State Philharmonic Košice (Slovakia, 1990-93), at the Prague State Opera (1994-95) and as First Permanent Conductor of the Leipzig Opera (1996-98), Johannes Wildner, who holds a doctorate in musicology, was General Music Director of the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia for 10 years (1997-2007) and First Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London (2010-2014). Since 2014 he has been artistic director of the Austrian opera festival Oper Burg Gars. He has been the Director of the Austrian Opera Festival Opera Burg Gars since 2014 and was appointed Professor of Conducting at the Vienna Music University the same year. From 2019/2020, Johannes Wildner will also be the Chief Conductor of Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra in Sønderborg (DK).
Johannes Wildner is a regular guest conductor with important 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 Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in Ludwigshafen, the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Staatsphilharmonie Saarbrücken, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the ORF-RSO Vienna, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, the Orchestra der Arena di Verona, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo, Haydn Orchestra Bolzano-Trento, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgarian Philharmonic Sofia, Danish National Symphony Orchestra Copenhagen, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gelders Orkest in Arnhem, Aarhus Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, of the Orchestre de Bretagne, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra, the China Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Johannes Wildner recorded more than a 100 CDs, DVDs and videos, 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 Symphony (with reconstructed 4th movement). He recorded four CDs with music by Erich Zeisl, Joseph Marx and Johann Nepomuk David with the ORF-RSO Vienna for cpo; in 2010, on the occasion of the composer’s 200th birthday, the complete works for piano and orchestra by Robert Schumann with the pianist Lev Vinocour and the ORF-RSO Vienna were released on three CDs by Sony RCA Red Seal. In 2013, Warner Classics published Beethoven’s Violin Concerto (soloist: Alexandre Da Costa) and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. With the BBC Concert Orchestra Johannes Wildner records works by unknown or forgotten composers for Dutton Records. Works by Frédéric d’Erlanger and Walter Braunfels have already appeared in this series.
As a sought-after opera and operetta conductor, Johannes Wildner has appeared at the Prague State Opera, the Leipzig Opera (TV recordings of Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and “Così fan tutte”) and the Music Theater im Revier/Gelsenkirchen, as well as at the podium of the Volksoper Wien, the Vienna State Opera, the Seefestspiele Mörbisch, the Metropol-Theater Berlin, the Wagner-Festival in Wels, the Vienna Summer Festival “Mozart in Schönbrunn”, the Carinthian Summer, the Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen; the NCPA in Mumbai, the “Festival de Mayo” in Guadalajara/Mexico, the Opera Halle, the Graz Opera House, the Salzburg and Linz Landestheater, the Bratislava National Opera, the Brno National Theatre, the Croatian National Theatre Zagre, the Arena di Verona, the New National Theatre Tokyo, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, and in Taiwan.
Recent highlights were a new production of “La Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci” at the Bucharest State Opera with Ion Caramitru directing and a new production of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” at the Lithuanian National Theatre Vilnius directed by Graham Vick, as well as concerts with the Bulgarian Philharmonic and the South Denmark Philharmonic Orchestra.
Following the “Der Freischütz”, “Don Carlo”, “Otello” and “Zauberflöte” and “Tosca”, he will conduct “Fidelio” in 2018 at the Burg Gars Opera Festival, under his artistic direction. Furthermore, he continues his regular collaboration with the Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra, among others once a year at the Vienna Musikverein and with a major tour of Asia (Japan, China, Taiwan).