PETER SCHMELZER was born in Graz, Austria; achieved his musical studies and finished them with the state diploma at the Music-University-Graz (Austria) in violin, piano and conducting.In 1987 he studied with Leonard Bernstein at the occasion of the International Schleswig - Holstein - Music - Festival (Germany). After various engagements at German and Austrian opera houses he runs his career as a free lance conductor since 1990; he cooperated with eminent European orchestras like

Munich Symphonic Orchestra  /  Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao  /  Orquesta de Camara "Reina Sofia" Madrid  /  Phiharmonia Moravska Olomouc  /  Janacek Philharmonia Ostrava  /  Virtuosi di Praga  /  Chamber Opera of Vienne /  Opera - house  Gera  /  Opera - house  Graz  /  Symphonic Orchestra Graz  /  Volk-Opera Vienna

Engagements since  2000

Opera - house Graz

Chamber Opera Vienna

Volk-Opera Vienna

Munich Symphonic Orchestra

State-Operette  Dresden

Moravian Symphonic Orchestra

State-Opera Tirana

Vogtland Philharmonic Orchestra

Opera-Festival St. Margarethen (Austria)

Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm

Russkaya Philharmony

Virtuosi di Praga

2004

The president of the Federal Republic of Austria, Dr. Thomas KLESTIL, appointed him as

PROFESSOR    OF    MUSIC

He was invited to conduct in most important Festivals like Festival International de Musica Contemporanea Alicante, International Guitar Festival Moscow, St. Petersburg etc.Besides his competence in the historical and traditional repertoire on the symphonic and opera fields, his particular interest belongs to the performance of 20th century repertoire and  - particularly - to the contemporary music. His collaboration with some most eminent composers of the present time result various occasions for premieres and performances of numerous remarkable compositions. Amongst others there ranged works by Vaclav Kucera, Udo Zimmermann, Carlos Cruz de Castrao, Antonio Ruiz Pipo, Xavier Benguerel, Tomas Marco, Delfin Colome, Mikhail Shukh.

His recordings include CDs with:

Contemporary  Spanish guitar concertos by
Tomas Marco (example)
Carlos Cruz de Castro (example)
Xavier Benguerel (example)

European Masters Orchestra
Guitar concertos by
Manuel Ponce
(example)
Heitor Villa Lobos
(example)
Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco (example)
Virtuosi di Praga
  Arias - Duets - Ouvertures from Operetten by Strauß-Lehar-Kalman (example)
Janacek Philharmonia
Piano concertos by
Aram Khatchaturian
(example)
Franz Liszt  Nr. 1 Es-major (example)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Opera panoramas of
Othello by Verdi
(example)
Tannhäuser by Wagner (example)
Janacek Philharmonia

Opera Singers of today and tomorrow (example)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra

Elena Ostrovsky a portai (example)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Arias by Verdi-Puccini-Ponchielli-Bizet
Ignacio Encinas (example)

Mährische Philharmonie
 
  Robert Schumann Symphony Nr. 2 C-maj., op. 61 (example) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Concert for clarinet and orchestra, A maj., KV 622 (example)  
  Radio Nacional de Espana „musica contemporanea” Live recording on DVD: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Hafner Symphony Nr. 35, KV 385 & Johann Strauß program
Russkaya Symphonic Orchestra, Moscow
(Moscow International Music-House)
  TV-production:  "LA VIE  PARISIENNE"  with  SVERIGES TELEVISION, Stockholm    

PRESS:
"... most differenciated colours ... exciting interpretation ..."
(orpheus)

"... with rare accuratesse through a score full of extremes ..."(OPERNWELT)

"... his highly gifted baton with dynamic impulses arouses the
creative enthusiasm of the orchestra ..."
(SVENSKA DAGBLADET, Stockholm)

"... where Peter Schmelzer inspires the RoyalOrchestra to perform
small musical miracles ..."
(Falu-Kuriren, Stockholm)

"... Peter Schmelzer was able to elicit wonderful sounds from the orchestra of
Brnos National
Theatre, he made subtleties tangibly, and was
a vigilant companion for the singers ..."
(orpheus)

Videos of Prof. Peter SCHMELZER on Youtube.

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