Andreas Delfs

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Andreas Delfs
Born (1959-08-30) August 30, 1959 (age 54)
Flensburg, West Germany
Occupations Conductor
Instruments Piano, music theory

Andreas Delfs (born 30 August 1959) is a German conductor. He is the conductor laureate of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of the Honolulu Symphony.

Biography[edit]

Delfs was born in Flensburg, West Germany. He began studying piano and music theory at age five, and by age twenty was named Music Director of the Hamburg University Orchestra. [1] Delfs graduated from Hamburg Conservatory in 1981, and earned his master's at Juilliard School of Music in 1984. At Hamburg, Delfs studied under Aldo Ceccato and Christoph von Dohnanyi. After receiving his Master's, he accepted the post of Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, then under the music directorship of Lorin Maazel. From 1984 to 1995 he also held the position of chief conductor of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO).

Delfs was appointed Music Director and conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 1996. In 1999, he led the Orchestra on a tour of Cuba, the first by an American orchestra in more than 37 years. In December 2006, the orchestra announced that Delfs would relinquish the music directorship of the Milwaukee Symphony after the 2008-2009 season (the Orchestra's fiftieth season), and become its Conductor Laureate.[1]

Delfs held the post of Music Director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2001 to 2004, and the position of General Music Director of Hannover from 1996 to 2000. In March 2007, Delfs was named Principal Conductor of the Honolulu Symphony,[2] with an initial contract of 3 years.[3] His tenure with the Honolulu Symphony ended when it went bankrupt and filed for liquidation in December 2010.

Discography[edit]

  • Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3 & 4 (John O'Conor, piano; London Symphony Orchestra) [2]
  • Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 (John O'Conor, London Symphony Orchestra) [3]
  • Sacred Songs (Renée Fleming, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) [4]
  • Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) [5]
  • Mozart/Süssmayr: Requiems (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra) [6]
  • Concertos Alla Jazz (Ervín Schulhoff) [7]
  • Schoeck: Violin Concerto op. 21, Penthesilea-Suite (Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra) [8]
  • Roberto Sierra: Missa Latina "Pro Pace" (Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano; Nathaniel Webster, baritone; Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and Orchestra) [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthew Westphal (2006-12-06). "Andreas Delfs to Step Down as Milwaukee Symphony Music Director". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  2. ^ Matthew Westphal (2007-03-06). "Andreas Delfs Named Principal Conductor of Honolulu Symphony". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Internationally Renowned Conductor Appointed to Honolulu Symphony Andreas Delfs Named New Principal Conductor" (Press release). Honolulu Symphony. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 

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Preceded by
Musikalischer Oberleiter, Stadttheater Bern
1991-1994
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Christof Perick
Generalmusikdirektor, Staatsoper Hannover
1996-2000
Succeeded by
Hans Urbanek
Preceded by
Zdeněk Mácal
Music Director, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
1997-2009
Succeeded by
Edo de Waart
Preceded by
Hugh Wolff
Music Director, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2001-2004
Succeeded by
no further music directors
Preceded by
JoAnn Falletta (music advisor)
Principal Conductor, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra
2007-2010
Succeeded by
no further music directors