Chief Conductor: Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck
Kapellmeister: Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Christoph Altstaedt took up the position of Chief Conductor at the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck at the beginning of the 2011/12 season. Last season, he conducted a new production of Idomeneo and in 2012/13 season he conducts Cherubini’s Médée. This season also sees Altstaedt bring soloists to the orchestra including Steven Isserlis (Dvořák’s Cello Concerto), Radek Baborak, Mark Padmore (Britten’s Serenade) and Gidon Kremer.
Altstaedt also holds the post of Kapellmeister for Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf where he conducts productions of La bohème, Carmen, Così fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro and Hänsel und Gretel.
Upcoming highlights include appearances with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg in a production of Massenet’s Manon at the Grand Auditorium de Philharmonie Luxembourg with Albina Shagimuratova, Eric Cutler and Vito Priante as soloists. He also appears with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and in January 2013 made his UK debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Further ahead in the 2013/14 season, Altstaedt will make his debut with the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He will also perform with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the orchestra of Opéra de Marseilles, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and return to NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover.
"Christoph Altstaedt is a really interesting new talent... he’s young, refreshing and interesting to watch." (Seen and Heard International, January 2013)
"He had a marvellous way with the Dvořák symphony, too. Here the dynamics of the energy were almost reversed from the Schumann, with energy and vigour sitting close to the surface, both in the exuberant major sections of the first movement and the more stormy sections of the development. However, he let them off the leash to create a storming finale, the brass in particular letting rip at all the right moments." (Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International, January 2013)
"A detailed, sinuous and engaging reading of the symphony, in which the string sound was ripe and radiant." (Ken Walton, The Scotsman, January 2013)
"In Altstaedt's Dvořák Eight, RSNO playing had a warm glow, with decisive leading from the front keeping things exciting and moving forward." (Michael Tumelty, The Herald, January 2013)
“Everyone in the concert hall agreed it was a special evening for the Tiroler Symphonie-Orchester under the baton of its new Chief Conductor Christoph Altstaedt. It has been a long time since we have heard such an inspiring conducting of a Mozart opera here, as well as such a fiery orchestra play, savouring every beauty of the score. The 31 year-old Heidelberg native, who already attracted attention in his first concert with this orchestra, was able to capture the musicians’ full energy from the first to the last note and breathed such life into the many recitatives in the complete score (apart from the short Idamante aria before the sacrifice scene) to make the audience aware of the genius of this still underappreciated Mozart opera… Altstaedt’s debut as an opera conductor in Innsbruck was outright brilliant.” (Neue Merker, November 2011)
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