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 (with artists like Albrecht Mayer, Reinhold Friedrich, 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.
At the label Oehms Classics, Hansjörg Albrecht has published more than 20 CDs as maestro and organist – among others the complete recording of the orchestral songs of the German late Romantic Walter Braunfels, which was much discussed by the international media, and Richard Wagner’s “Ring ohne Worte” in the orchestral version by Lorin Maazel, which was nominated for the “Prize of German Record Critics”. Hansjörg Albrecht was also nominated for the GRAMMY Award in 2013 in the category “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” for his organ recording of Gustav Holst’s “Planets”. His new recording of Franz Liszt’s Faust Symphony in its own organ version from the Munich Philharmonic will be released in summer 2018.
In 2017, Hansjörg Albrecht again toured with the Munich Bach Orchestra through Japan’s most important concert halls. He conducted “Don Giovanni” at the new Dubai Opera House for the complete performance of Mozart’s Da Ponte cycle and a series of Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio” at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples in the legendary production by Giorgio Strehler, which was performed the same year at the Scala in Milan under the direction of Zubin Mehta. In addition, he has been invited to concerts in Moscow and Zurich, with solo recitals at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, to Rotterdam and the Müpa in Budapest. He also debuted as a maestro with works by Dvorak and Mozart in the great hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. He made his debut in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with the performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in December 2017.
His current engagements include the concert halls of Vienna, Berlin and Dortmund, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, the Bologna, Cagliari and Brno opera houses (Mahler, 2. Symphony), to the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Moscow, the Bach Festival Ekaterinburg, the Zurich Festival, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Mozart Week Salzburg 2019. In the course of this, he will be working together with the Bologna Opera Orchestra, the Lautten Compagney Berlin and the Händelfestspiel-Orchester Halle for the first time.