From piano prodigy to classical pianist and acclaimed conductor: Matthias Fletzberger proves to be a versatile and exciting musical personality.
Born in Vienna his outstanding musical talent of the was discovered at the early age of 5, when he was accepted as a student of the University of Music in Vienna. Still a student in the concert class of Hans Graf he won top prizes at international piano competitions, including the â€œBusoniâ€ (Bolzano 1984 - Silver Medal), â€œRubinsteinâ€ (Tel Aviv 1986 - Gold Medal), and â€œBÃ¶sendorferâ€ (Vienna 1988 - First Prize) competitions.
On advice of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Rolf Liebermann, then formed and promoted by Ferdinand Leitner and Carl Melles he started a career as conductor. Rolf Lieberman also engaged him as assistant conductor at Salzburg Mozarteum (â€œLe nozze di Figaroâ€, directed by Peter Ustinov; Conductor: Gary Bertini).
As a conductor, he worked in the 1990s (among others) at the Mozarteum Salzburg (â€œFigaroâ€, directed by Peter Ustinov), State Opera Prague, and the Vienna Festival (â€œThe Magic Fluteâ€œ 1991, â€œLa belle HÃ©leneâ€ 1993); these two productions were recorded by the Austrian Television (ORF) and broadcasted via Eurovision. His own production of Pergolesiâ€™s â€œLa Serva Padronaâ€ was named as one of five â€œOperas of the Year 1991â€.Â In 1995 John Neschling invited him to the Theater St. Gallen (Switzerland) as assistant conductor and member of the opera board.
From 2000 to 2010 Fletzberger took a time-out and worked in cultural management for interdisciplinary and intercultural projects and as a consultant for large educational institutions and governments.
Since 2011 he has performed again as a conductor and pianist (soloist, chamber-musician and song-accompanist). In 2011, Deutsche Grammophon presented the CD/DVD â€œViolin in Motionâ€, recorded together with violinist Lidia Baich. Highly appreciated is also his work with singers like Daniela Fally, Elina Garanca, Benjamin Bruns, Thomas Hampson, Andreas Schager, or Ramon Vargas in concert and opera.
Recent engagements as conductor include engagements in the USA (Lincoln Center New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Miami, Palm Beach, San Diego, Los Angeles), Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver), China (Peking, Shanghai, Guangzhou), Hong-Kong, Japan (Tokyo Spring Festival) and Korea (Seoul Art Center, Daegu Opera House).Â
Matthias FletzbergerÂ developed the musical concept â€œFascination Wagnerâ€ for Andreas Schager in cooperation with the NÃ¡rodnÃ divadlo Praha. From 2018 to 2020 he is the conductor of the first South-Korean production of Wagnerâ€™s â€œRing-Cycleâ€ in Seoul Arts Center, staged by Achim Freyer.