Vienna born Sascha Goetzel’s trademarks are fascinating conviction, exceptional musicality and dedication, as audiences and the international press have unanimously confirmed. Sascha Goetzel is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal Conductor of the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Finland, and has achieved supreme artistic standards as well as international recognition for both. With effect from the season 12/13 he has also been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan.
Initially trained as a violinist, Goetzel began his orchestral career working at close quarters with many of the world’s greatest conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Seiji Ozawa. He has made successful debuts with several Austrian orchestras and abroad as a guest conductor with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, NDR Hannover, NHK Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Moscow Symphony, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Tokyo, Sapporo und Nagoya, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Grossen Orchester Graz, the Dutch Gelders Orchester, the Basel and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras, and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire as well as many others in a wide spectrum of repertoire, including several world premieres. He conducted Viennese music in New York, Washington and Baltimore with the Baltimore and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, and has worked with prominent instrumentalists such as Rudolf Buchbinder, Vadim Repin, Martin Grubinger, Hilary Hahn and Branford Marsalis. Last season saw debuts in Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, at the Salzburg Festival, the Carinthischer Sommer, and he conducted the Freedom Concert in Amsterdam in the presence of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands which was broadcast live on television. Last December Sascha Goetzel conducted the popular concert Christmas in Vienna which was broadcast by many television stations and was immediately reinvited to conduct this year’s event.
Sascha Goetzel is an accomplished opera conductor and has to his credit acclaimed new productions of the three Mozart Da Ponte operas and La Bohème at the Tiroler Landestheater. Valery Gergiev invited him to conduct Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the legendary Mariinsky Theater; he conducted Così Fan Tutte at the Attersee Klassik Festival, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracke rat the Vienna State Opera, and in 2010 a new production of The Magic Flute in Lucerne. At Vienna’s Volksoper he conducted critically acclaimed new productions of Lehár’s Land of Smiles, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Entführung aus dem Serail as well as Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor which he directed in May 2012 in the Volksoper’s tour of Japan. In June and July he conducted a splendid new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro featuring costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier at the Opéra de Montpellier celebrating the reopening of the newly renovated Opéra Comédie and at the Festival de Radio France. He has worked with world class singers such as Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Anna Netrebko, Angela Denoke, Renée Fleming, José Cura, Joseph Calleja, Thomas Hampson, Roberto Alagna, Michael Schade, Bo Skovhus and Vesselina Kasarova.
His spectacular work with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra has been documented in two CDs. The first recording featuring orchestral works by Respighi, Hindemith and Florent Schmitt was released in January 2010 on the Onyx label and was highly praised by the international recording industry press. The second CD with the title Music from the Machine Age was recently released by Onyx as well and received superb reviews.
Sascha Goetzel began the current season in France with the Orchestre de Bretagne and the Orchestre de Bordeaux. The season in Istanbul was opened with a brilliant performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana. Highlights of the season are, along with his orchestras‘ concert series, the new staging of Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail at the Angers-Nantes Opéra, Christmas in Vienna, concerts with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, the Helsingborg and Aarhus Symphony Orchestras (Verdi Requiem), the Orchestra di Padova and the Grosses Orchester Graz. The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra’s brilliantly colourful season programme features concerts with Viktoria Mullova, Tzimon Barto, the choir of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, and concert performances of Richard Strauss’ Salome and Verdi’s Tosca with an international cast of soloists.
… guest conductor at “Die jungen Wilden” (season 09/10), “Eroica” (season 11/12), “Bruckner acht” (season 12/13), “Himmlische Längen” (season 13/14),