Christoph von Dohnányi is recognized as one of the world’s pre-eminent orchestral and opera conductors. His appointments have included opera directorships in Frankfurt and Hamburg, and principal orchestral posts in England and Germany, as well as in Paris. He continues a longstanding partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, where he served as principal conductor and artistic adviser for ten years and is honorary conductor for life. For 20 years he served as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Dohnányi began the 2014–15 season with concerts with the Philharmonia at the Salzburg Festival. In Europe he leads the Orchestre de Paris, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In the U.S. he returns to conduct two subscription weeks with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Upon completing his tenure in Cleveland, Mr. Dohnányi led major orchestras in the United States and now enjoys ongoing relationships with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and, as music director laureate, Cleveland. Recent highlights include all-Beethoven and all-Brahms concerts with Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, the complete Beethoven piano concertos with Yefim Bronfman and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the complete Brahms symphonies with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Dohnányi frequently leads productions at Covent Garden, La Scala, and Vienna Staatsoper, as well as in Berlin and Paris. He has led the Vienna Philharmonic in many Salzburg Festival appearances, including the World Premieres of Henze’s Die Bassariden and Cerha’s Baal. He also regularly appears with the Zurich Opera and with the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. He has made critically acclaimed recordings for London/Decca with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. With Vienna, he recorded a variety of symphonic works and a number of operas, including Beethoven’s Fidelio, Berg’s Wozzeck and Lulu, Richard Strauss’s Salome, and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. With The Cleveland Orchestra his discography includes concert performances and recordings of Wagner’s Die Walküre and Das Rheingold; the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann; symphonies by Bruckner, Dvořák, Mahler, Mozart, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky; and works by, among others, Bartók, Berlioz, Ives, Varèse, and Webern.
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