Biography

 

 

Hansjörg Albrecht is considered a fearless musical border crosser and lateral thinker. He consistently pursues his own path as a conductor – between the Baroque period and the present age, between the archives and new creations – and he has established himself amongst the virtuosi of his instrument with his organ transcriptions.

Hansjörg Albrecht, conductor, organist and harpsichordist, is Artistic Director of the Munich Bach Choir & Bach Orchestra (founded by the legendary Karl Richter). Besides he regularly conducts the Bach Collegium Munich, the Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo Naples and the C.P.E.-Bach-Choir Hamburg. With these ensembles as well as in collaboration with guest orchestras he has developed new programmatic profiles and is regular guest at major music centres and European festivals.

 

As conductor he works with such artists as Dorothee Oberlinger, Arabella Steinbacher, Fazil Say, Vesselina Kasarova, Simone Kermes, Michael Volle und Klaus Florian Vogt and with ensembles like Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Turin, Orchestra delle Toscana Florence, Prague Philharmonia, Orchestra Symphony Prague and Orchestra of the National Theatre Brno, Bavarian State Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Staatskapelle Weimar, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Hamburger Symphoniker, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Moscow, Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra and the ensembles of the Stuttgart Bach Academy.

 

Besides his engagements as conductor (in Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Salzburg, Rome, Naples, Brussels, Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tokyo and other towns) he appears as a soloist and in chamber music (in the past with artists like Albrecht Mayer, Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen and Jean Guillou).

 

Concerts as organist have taken Hansjörg Albrecht to a number of great concert halls and cathedrals in Europe and Russia as well as to Japan and the USA. He also guested with renowned orchestras such as Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra New York, Orchestre de la Swisse Romande, Orchestra Sinfonica di Santa Cecilia Rome, Camerata Salzburg, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

 

Hansjörg Albrecht was born in Freiberg/Saxony and received his first musical education as a member of the Dresden Kreuzchor. Afterwards he studied conducting and organ in Hamburg, Lyon and Cologne. While studying he became assistant organist at Hamburg’s main church St. Michaelis and held this position for seven years. Later he worked closely with the singer and conductor Peter Schreier as his assistant, organist and harpsichordist for several years.

 

Although Hansjörg Albrecht has achieved an excellent reputation especially for his Bach interpretations his concert schedule shows a great variety of programs with a predilection for unusual cross-connections. His interest in new music is documented by a number of first performances of works by Thierry Escaich, Enjott Schneider, Philipp Maintz, Xiaogang Ye, Rodion Schtschedrin and others.

 

Hansjörg Albrecht holds an agreement with the label OehmsClassics and recorded so far as conductor and organist more than 20 highly acclaimed CDs – recently the widely discussed complete recording of the Orchestral Songs by the German late romantic composer Walter Braunfels. In 2013, he has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the category “Best Classical Instrumental Solo”.

 

In 2017, besides touring Japan with the Munich Bach Orchestra, he will conduct a series of performances of Mozart’s „Abduction from the Seraglio“ at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the „Don Giovanni“ at the new Dubai Opera as well as concerts at Berlin Philharmonic and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Furthermore, concert invitations will take him again to Moscow and Zurich and for the first time to Rotterdam and Budapest.