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Friedrich Haider
Friedrich Haider

B108069   B 108 069
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Concerto for violin
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Friedrich Haider was born in 1961 as an Austrian of Italian descent. At the age of 29 he became the general director of music at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg. With around 70 different operas in his repertoire, he then made appearances at the opera houses of Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Venice. He made his successful debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera with Verdi’s Rigoletto.

In 2005 Friedrich Haider shifted the main focus of his work to the concert hall. Among other orchestras he has conducted, are the Czech Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Salzburg Camerata, and for a period of seven years he has taken on the position of chief conductor of the northern Spanish Oviedo Filarmonía, which from their very first concerts he brought up to the highest levels of achievement, making successful guest appearances with them in Madrid, Paris and Tokyo.

It was in a second-hand bookshop in London that he came across a score by the German-Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, immediately becoming addicted to his music, and from then on he became an unreserved mentor of the nowadays almost forgotten composer.

In 2012 he will be taking on the position of chief conductor and artistic director at the Slovak National Theatre in Pressburg.