Curriculum

From piano prodigy to classical pianist and conductor in opera and concert: Matthias Fletzberger proves to be time and again a versatile and exciting musical personality. The different influences have had a great impact on his deep understanding of music and its varied interpretation.

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 “Busoni” (Bolzano 1984 - Silver Medal), “Rubinstein” (Tel Aviv 1986 - Gold Medal), and “Bösendorfer” (Vienna 1988 - First Prize) competitions.

On advice of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Rolf Liebermann and trained and promoted by Ferdinand Leitner and Carl Melles he started a second career as a conductor. Rolf Lieberman also engaged him as assistant conductor at Salzburg Mozarteum (“Le nozze di Figaro”, directed by Peter Ustinov; Conductor: Gary Bertini).

He was co-founder of the independent opera-scene in Vienna and appointed first artistic director of Jugendstil-Theatre. Consequently he worked as a conductor (among others) at Prague State Opera and the Vienna Festival (“The Magic Flute“ 1991, “La belle Hélene” 1993). In 1995 John Neschling invited him to the Theater St. Gallen (Switzerland) as assistant conductor and assistant to the opera-director. Since the year 1999 he was working as  a freelance conductor

After a 10-year time-out from classical music, he has been a regular conductor and pianist since 2010. In 2011, Deutsche Grammophon presented its CD / DVD "Violin in Motion", recorded together with 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 (Philadelphia, New York/Lincoln Center, Washington, Miami), Canada (Montreal, Ottawa , Toronto, Vancouver), China (Peking, Shanghai, Guangzhou), Japan (Tokyo Spring Festival) and Korea (Seoul Art Center, Daegu Opera House).

Press / Opinions

„I am not in the habit of giving recommendations, but this young man is not only a wonderful pianist but also a budding conductor. Whatever he will endeavor to do in music will surely warrant your interest and support“ (Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, 1988)

„An artist of first order … In the area of the late romanticism Fletzberger has to fear nobody. An extraordinary feeling for rhythm, inexhaustible strength, endless richness of moods and fabulous feeling for proportions.“ (Heinz Sichrowsky, NEWS 2011)

„…Conductor Matthias Fletzberger was leading an orchestra that sounded both relaxed and rehearsed. String sounds were warm and balances refined....“ (Montreal Gazette)

„Matthias Fletzberger conducted the  a meticulously rehearsed wonderful interplay between singers and orchestra.“ (Kronen-Zeitung)

“Colorful sounds came from the orchestra pit, where the Austrian Chamber-Symphony under the direction of Matthias Fletzberger strove respectably for Kreneks scores.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine)