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Cornelius Meister

Cornelius Meister began his tenure as Music Director of the Staatsoper und Staatsorchester Stuttgart in 2018.

The awards that he has received in recent years include the OPUS Klassik in the category ‘Conductor of the Year’, the International Classical Music Award in the category ‘Symphonic Recordings’ for the complete recording of Bohuslav Martinů’s symphonies, and the Diapason d’or and the German Record Critics’ award for the DVD ‘Jules Massenet: Werther’ (Opernhaus Zürich). Under his direction, the Staatsorchester Stuttgart was also awarded the Innovationspreis of the Deutsche Orchester-Stiftung in 2020.
In the 2021/22 concert season, Cornelius Meister continues his collaboration with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the NDR Radiophilharmonie and makes his debut with the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España.
Following the successful Schumann cycle, Cornelius Meister and the Stuttgarter Staatsorchester perform the last six symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 2021/22 and continue their Mahler cycle with the “Resurrection Symphony”. In addition, new productions of Richard Wagner’s “Rheingold” and “Walküre” as well as Richard Strauss‘ „Rosenkavalier“, Johann Strauss‘ „Fledermaus“ und Mozart‘s „Figaro“ are on the programme of the Stuttgarter Staatsoper. As a pianist, Cornelius Meister is present in the Lied recital and chamber music series.

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Alongside the core repertoire (including all Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Sibelius symphonies) Cornelius Meister maintains a strong affinity to rarely heard works such as Alexander von Zemlinksky’s “Die Seejungfrau” or works by Martinů and Boulez in his concert programmes and performed numerous world premieres. He has conducted the Concertgebouworkest, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra (New York), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome) and Filarmonica della Scala, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin as well as the BR, NDR and SWR radio symphony orchestras. Additionally, he cooperates with ‘La Scintilla’, the period instrument orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich.
Cornelius Meister made his debut at the Hamburgische Staatsoper at the age of 21, followed by engagements at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Theater an der Wien, Opernhaus Zürich, New National Theatre (Tokyo), Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, The Royal Danish Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Since 2012 he has been conducting at the Wiener Staatsoper, since 2015 at the Teatro alla Scala Milan and since 2019 at the Metropolitan Opera New York.
Cornelius Meister, born 1980 in Hannover, studied piano and conducting in Hannover with Konrad Meister, Martin Brauß and Eiji Ōue and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Dennis Russell Davies, Jorge Rotter and Karl Kamper. From 2005 to 2012 he was Music Director of the Theater und Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, from 2010 to 2018 Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and from 2017-2020 Principal Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 he received an award for the ‘best German concert programme’ and has since also been given several awards for his education projects. He has appeared as a pianist in Europe and the United States and has led piano concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Liszt and Gershwin, as well as Arvo Pärt’s ‘Credo’ from the keyboard. (Saison 2021/22)