Born in Munich, and former Professor of Orchestral Conducting and Early Music at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Michael Hofstetter has established himself during recent years as one of the world’s most sought-after Baroque specialists and experts in the field of authentic performance practice.
As Chief Conductor from 2005 to 2012, Michael Hofstetter brought the Ludwigsburg Festspiele to international acclaim through premier performances of little known and rediscovered Oevres of Salieri, Glueck, Cimarosa und Hasse and a World Premiere of E.T.A. Hoffman. The press hailed his achievments of the performances of Verdi and Wagner with period instruments. From 2006 to 2013 as Chief Conductor, Michael Hofstetter created with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra World Premier performances of composers such as Moritz Eggert, Fazil Say and Helmut Oehring. Since fall of 2012 he was re invited to be Chief Musical Director at the Stadt Theater Giessen as well as Chief Conductor of recreation – GROSSES ORCHESTER GRAZ.
Michael Hofstetter has made a name for himself, especially with his celebrated colaborations with the director Herbert Wernicke on operas such as Händel’s Alcina and Giulio Cesare. Their last project together based on Bach cantatas, Actus Tragicus, has been on tour for more than ten years (including an appearance at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2009).
He has been a regular presence at the Händel Festival in Karlsruhe since 1999 and pionerred in Ludwigsburg world premieres and recordings of works by Salieri, Gluck, Cimarosa, Hasse and E.T.A. Hoffmann.
However, Hofstetter’s repertoire extends far beyond baroque music. With the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra he has worked extensively in contemporary music including composers such as Moritz Eggert and Helmut Oehring. At the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival he has experienced highly acclaimed sucess with his recent performances of Schumann, Berlioz and Verdi on period instruments. In 2011 OehmsClassics released a recording of his celebrated live performance of Verdi’s Trovatore, this opera’s first ever recording on period instruments.
He has been nominated a number of times as “Conductor of the Year” by the specialist journal “Opernwelt” (Opera World) in their annual critics’ survey; most recently as a result of his 2011 production of J. A. Hasse’s Didone Abbandonata at the Prinzregenten Theatre in Munich and 2013 for his excellent work as musical director at the Stadttheater Gießen. He was awarded the Robert Stolz Medal for his commitment to operetta and for his work at the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival he was honoured with the Horst Stein Prize.
Michael Hofstetter is a frequent guest at many important opera houses, orchestras and festivals, including the Hamburg and Bavarian State Operas, the Komische Oper Berlin, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Welsh National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover as well as the Salzburg Festival. Numerous CD and DVDs issued by OehmsClassics, CPO, Orfeo, Deutsche Grammophon, SONY and Virgin records have been produced under his musical direction.
Future conducting engagements commitments include Berlin State Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, English National Opera, the Opéra Royal Versailles and the styriarte Festival.