Gustav Kuhn
Conductor

Gustav Kuhn is Founder and Artistic Director of the Tiroler Festspiele Erl. HarrisonParrott is proud to act as advisers and consultants to Maestro Kuhn

Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Yasemin Kandemiroğlu +44 (0)20 3725 9174

Biography

Artistic Director: Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Director: Accademia di Montegral
Artistic Director: Neue Stimmen International Competition

 

Founder, Artistic Director, Chief Conductor and Stage Director of the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl, Gustav Kuhn is also Director of the Accademia di Montegral, a musical academy and workshop based in the Convento dell’Angelo, Lucca. The Tiroler Festspiele Erl opened its all-year Festspielhaus in December 2012, and now mounts a yearlong programme of opera, concerts, and special projects.

Artistic Director: Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Director: Accademia di Montegral
Artistic Director: Neue Stimmen International Competition

 

Founder, Artistic Director, Chief Conductor and Stage Director of the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl, Gustav Kuhn is also Director of the Accademia di Montegral, a musical academy and workshop based in the Convento dell’Angelo, Lucca. The Tiroler Festspiele Erl opened its all-year Festspielhaus in December 2012, and now mounts a yearlong programme of opera, concerts, and special projects.

In summer 2013 Gustav Kuhn conducted and directed four Verdi operas at the new Festspielhaus in Erl: Rigoletto, La traviata and Il trovatore – conceived an interwoven trilogy – and Nabucco. In October 2013 he also conducted highly successful performances of Parsifal at the Beijing Music Festival, in the production from the 2013 Salzburg Easter Festival.

For over twenty years Gustav Kuhn has dedicated himself to directing and producing operas, with the aim of achieving greater artistic synthesis between music and staging. Works Kuhn has conducted and staged include Der fliegende Holländer (Trieste), Parsifal (Naples), Salome (Rome), Don Carlo (Turin), the Da Ponte trilogy (Festival di Macerata), Rossini’s Otello (Berlin, Braunschweig and Tokyo), La bohèmeFalstaff and La traviata (Tokyo) and Capriccio (Parma). In 1993 he developed the “Hall Opera” series for Suntory Hall Opera in Tokyo.

Gustav Kuhn's guest conducting engagements have included Berliner Philharmoniker, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, NHK Orchestra and Wiener Philharmoniker. Opera conducting engagements have included the Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Salzburger Festspiele and Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, Opera national de Paris, Teatro alla Scala and Arena di Verona.

Since 1987 Gustav Kuhn has also been Artistic Director of the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition, held annually in Gütersloh.

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Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Yasemin Kandemiroğlu +44 (0)20 3725 9174

Reviews

“Conductor Gustav Kuhn persistently, stubbornly and passionately realized his vision of a special festival at a special place with a lot of drive and charisma far from the habit of urban culture.” 
(Musik & Theater, June 2011)

“The festival founded by Gustav Kuhn in 1998 has now evolved to an essential part of Tyrolean culture. Kuhn, who still pulls the strings as the artistic director, stage director and conductor today, can realize his understanding of the scene’s development through the music under ideal circumstances.” 
(Das Opernglas, April 2011)

“Gustav Kuhn is a master on the podium. Once again, he places emphasis on precision and clarity. Yet he still makes room for tender soulfulness. The result is a unique universe of sound. Gustav Kuhn still lives up to Wagner’s momentum. But this time, Wagner doesn’t seem heavy. On the contrary! Crystal clear ease creates atmospheric richness. Kuhn adds transparency to Wagner’s opulence.”
 (Krone, July 2009)

“Conductor Gustav Kuhn persistently, stubbornly and passionately realized his vision of a special festival at a special place with a lot of drive and charisma far from the habit of urban culture.” 
(Musik & Theater, June 2011)

“The festival founded by Gustav Kuhn in 1998 has now evolved to an essential part of Tyrolean culture. Kuhn, who still pulls the strings as the artistic director, stage director and conductor today, can realize his understanding of the scene’s development through the music under ideal circumstances.” 
(Das Opernglas, April 2011)

“Gustav Kuhn is a master on the podium. Once again, he places emphasis on precision and clarity. Yet he still makes room for tender soulfulness. The result is a unique universe of sound. Gustav Kuhn still lives up to Wagner’s momentum. But this time, Wagner doesn’t seem heavy. On the contrary! Crystal clear ease creates atmospheric richness. Kuhn adds transparency to Wagner’s opulence.”
 (Krone, July 2009)

Discography

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