Gabriel Feltz – Chief Conductor (from 2017/18)
The newly appointed Chief Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Gabriel Feltz was born in 1971 in Berlin. Since 2013, Feltz has concurrently worked as the Generalmusikdirektor of the Dortmund Opera and Chief Conductor of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra. After three very successful years, his contract has been renewed ahead of time until 2023. After the Philharmonic Orchestra Altenburg-Gera (2001-2005) and the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra (2004 – 2013) this is his third position in a row as chief conductor of a German orchestra. With unusual programs and a marked rise of musical quality he managed to increase audiences significantly with all these orchestras. In 2007, the Sergej Rachmaninow Foundation awarded Gabriel Feltz and the Stuttgart Phiharmonic Orchestra the Prix Rachmaninow for their exceptionally extensive Rachmaninow concert cycle. In addition, Feltz has been Principal Guest Conductor at the Basel Theatre (2008- 2013) and had been responsible for several opera productions, which led to the Basel Theatre being named Opera House of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
From 1989 to 1994, Gabriel Feltz studied conducting and piano at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. After the studies, he became Gerd Albrecht’s assistant at the Hamburg State Opera (1994-1995). The first engagements took him to the Lübeck Opera (1995-1997) and the Bremen Theatre (1997-2001).
Gabriel Feltz has conducted leading orchestras in Germany and abroad such as Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Symphonieorchester of the Bayerischen Rundfunk, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Frankfurt Opernhaus- and Museumsorchester, Staatskapelle Weimar, the orchestra of the Nationaltheater Mannheim, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Essen Philharmonic, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin (RSB), Cologne (WDR), Leipzig (MDR), Hannover (NDR) and Saarbrücken (SR), the German National Youth Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Berner Symphonieorchester, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Orchestra of the Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), the KBS Symphony Orchestra Seoul, the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, as well as the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the China National Symphony Orchestra and the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. In 2013/14, Gabriel Feltz gave his highly successful debut at the Komische Oper Berlin with Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten and in the same season he conducted the Flying Dutchman at the Bavarian State Opera. Gabriel Feltz’ personal highlight of the 2014/15 season was Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony for the 200 Anniversary celebrations of the Musikverein Graz.
The extensive Discography of Gabriel Feltz makes him one of the outstanding conductors of his generation. The repertoire ranges from Mozart and Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, Elgar, Prokofiev, Skriabin and Richard Strauss to Nono and Ligeti. In 2007, Gabriel Feltz started the recording of all Mahler symhonies (Dreyer-Gaido) with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. At the moment, the symphonies 1–7 are available. The cycle is highly acclaimed as the most “extraordinary and controversial cycle of the recent years”. The recording of Luigi Nono’s Intolleranza performed by the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra and the choir of the Bremen Opera under Gabriel Feltz has been awarded the Diapason d’Or in June 2013. Ottorino Respighi’s Belkis – Regina di Saba has been released in 2013 . This recording is the first complete performance of the piece that is highly appreciated by Feltz since its world premiere in 1932 at La Scala, Milano. The TV production of Aida am Rhein under Maestro Feltz had an outstanding success all over Europe (live on Swiss TV, 3Sat, RAI, ZDF) and is available on DVD.
His future projects include concerts and opera productions in Berlin, Zürich, Taipei (Taiwan), Köln, Graz, Sendai (Japan) and San Antonio (USA).