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August 24, 1965 |
|Occupations||Pianist and conductor|
Born in Vienna he was accepted at the age of 5 as a student of the University of Music Vienna.
By recommendation of Rolf Liebermann and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Fletzberger started a second career as an opera conductor. He worked as assistant conductor in Salzburg (”Figaro“ staged by Peter Ustinov), at the Prague State Opera, as musical director of opera productions at the Vienna Festival and as conductor at the Theater St. Gallen until 2000. Following several years as general manager of the Sofiensäle - Vienna’s oldest and largest venue for cultural events – where he presented a broadly varied programme of opera, musical and theatre presentations, as well as galas, incentives, parties and clubbing events he decided to return to the classical music scene.
Since 2009 Fletzberger started his comeback as a classical pianist with solo-recitals and as chambermusic-partner of the Austrian/Russian violinist Lidia Baich, as well as a conductor in concert and opera. In 2011 Deutsche Grammophon released the CD/DVD Album Violin in Motion featuring arrangements of famous ballet-music by Lidia Baich and Matthias Fletzberger. His north-American debut as a conductor was in January 2013 within the "Salute to Vienna" concert series in Montreal and Quebec.
Prizes and awards
- "Jugend musiziert" - Leoben 1977 (1st prize)
- Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition - Bolzano 1984 (2nd prize and silver medal)
- Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition - Tel Aviv1986 (4th prize und gold medal)
- Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition 1987 (5th prize)
- Concours International d'Exécution Musicale „Dr. Luis Sigall“ - Chile 1987 (2nd prize)
- Grand Prix „Maria Callas“ - Athens 1988 (2nd prize)
- Bösendorfer-Competition - Vienna 1988 (1st prize)
- Violin in Motion, CD/DVD 4764638 DG (2011), Universal Music / Deutsche Grammophon, ASIN: B005S5NBXU
- Comeback-Recital, CD 91201 PR (2012), Preiser Records