The Austrian conductor Martin Haselböck hails from a famous family of musicians.
Early in his career, following studies in Vienna and Paris and receiving numerous prizes and fellowships, he gained an international reputation as an organ soloist, working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti and many others. His recordings as an organist have brought numerous awards, including the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d'Or and the Hungarian Liszt Prize. Several composers of our time, including Friedrich Cerha, Ernst Krenek, Alfred Schnittke, Cristobal Halffter and Amy Gilbert have written works for Martin Haselböck and dedicated compositions to him. He has released over 50 CDs as a soloist, including the important recent release of the complete works for organ by Franz Liszt on the NCA label.
In March 2011, alongside other distinguished organists such as Gillian Weir, Olivier Latry and Ludger Lohmann, Martin Haselböck performed in the gala concert inaugurating the new organ of Viennas prestigious Musikverein concert hall. Later in 2011 on the same instrument he performed the Hindemith Organ Concerto with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi.
Martin Haselböcks immersion in the great repertoire of classical church music through his role as Court Organist of Vienna inspired him to establish the period-instrument Orchester Wiener Akademie in 1985. In addition to performing an annual series of concerts in Viennas Musikverein, he and his orchestra are regular guests and resident artists in concert halls and opera productions around the world.
Over 60 recordings with Orchester Wiener Akademie, in repertoire ranging from Bach to the early 20th century, have been released under his direction. Among the awards for his orchestral recordings are the Diapason d'Or and the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis.
In 2010 the orchestra marked its 25th anniversary with a performance of Beethovens 9th Symphony in the Musikverein. As Conductor in Residence of the Raiding Liszt Festival, Martin Haselböck is currently working with Orchester Wiener Akademie in a major project to perform and record the complete tone poems and other orchestral works of Franz Liszt. The first CD of the series, of the Dante Symphony, released in January 2011, received outstanding worldwide critical praise, and was awarded the Ö1 Pasticcio Prize and the Grand Prix du Disque of the Hungarian Liszt Society.
Martin Haselböck now enjoys a busy career as a guest conductor with the worlds leading orchestras. He has conducted the Wiener Symphoniker, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresdner Philharmonie, the Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi Milano, the National Philharmonic Orchestras of Spain, Hungary, Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovakia and Slovenia, Orchestre National de Lyon, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, among many others, and leads an annual cycle of Viennese Classical works with the Hamburg Symphony. In North America his conducting engagements have included concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh, Washington, San Francisco, Detroit and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In the past season Martin Haselböck has made his debut appearances with the Vancouver Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic and the Ulster Orchestra. Martin Haselböck was appointed Music Director of the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in Los Angeles in 2004. With this ensemble he performs a regular concert series in California and frequently tours abroad. In 2007, with the combined forces of Musica Angelica and Wiener Akademie, he undertook a large-scale tour of Bach's Matthäuspassion with 13 concerts in Mexico, the USA, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Germany and Austria. In May 2011 the orchestra made its Vienna debut with a sold-out performance of Bachs Brandenburg Concertos.
Martin Haselböck has enjoyed a distinguished career as an opera conductor since making his debut at the Göttingen Handel Festival. He was the first to stage new productions in Germany of the great Mozart operas on period instruments, and in 1991 his production of Don Giovanni was awarded the Mozart prize by the City of Prague. Since 2000 he has led fourteen new productions at festivals in Salzburg, Schwetzingen, Vienna and in the opera houses of Hamburg, Hannover, Cologne and Halle. In 2007 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Reinsberg Festival in Lower Austria, where he has conducted acclaimed productions of Der Freischütz, Fidelio, Hänsel und Gretel and Acis & Galatea. With the American actor John Malkovich and Austrian director Michael Sturminger, Martin Haselböck developed the theatre drama The Infernal Comedy (about the killer Jack Unterweger), a piece for actor, two sopranos and on-stage orchestra. Following its initial run at Viennas Ronacher Theatre in June 2009, the work has enjoyed an enormous success. The production continues to tour extensively, including performances at major venues in Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Turkey, Spain, Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Russia and throughout North and South America. A new collaboration with Malkovich and Sturminger, The Giacomo Variations with music by Mozart, in which John Malkovich plays Casanova, premiered in Vienna in January 2011 and continues to tour throughout the world.
Martin Haselböck has received numerous honours and awards, including the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art (das Österreichische Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst), the Prague Mozart Prize in 1991, and the 2011 Hungarian Liszt Prize.
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