Reinhard Seifried

The Munich-born conductor has gained a reputation for extraordinary competence in the concert hall as well as the opera house.

In addition to performances with numerous orchestras in his native Germany - to name a few the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Munich Symphony orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn - he has performed with the Slovak State Philharmonic Kosice, the Irish National Orchestra of Dublin, the Colorado Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra "Guido Cantelli" of Milan, the Festival Orchestra Takamatsu (Japan) and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg.

REINHARD SEIFRIED is a graduate of the State Academy of Music in Munich, where he majored in conducting under Jan Koetsier und Kurt Eichhorn. He had additional instruction under Franco Ferrara in Siena. Since then he has performed an ever expanding repertoire in many opera houses, and was Principal Conductor of the renowned Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich from 1977 until 1984.

He has been assistent conductor to Rudolf Kempe, Rafael Kubelik, Karl Richter und Leonard Bernstein. During his stint with Bernstein he reaped particularly strong praise for his assistance in the preparation of the memorable production of Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde" in Munich.

1991 to 1993 he was "Generalmusikdirektor" of the Remscheid Symphony; thereafter in Oldenburg until 2000.

After Seifried's recording debut on the "Orfeo" label with the soprano Lucia Popp, began an extended union with NAXOS, i.e. the complete recording of Smetana's "Má vlast" (My fatherland) with the Slowak State Philharmonic Kosice, followed by recordings of all the symphonies of Mendelssohn with the Irish National Orchestra.

In addition to his activities as opera and concert conductor, REINHARD SEIFRIED is since September 2001 Professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria.