Günter Neuhold

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Günter Neuhold (born 2 November 1947) is an Austrian conductor.

Born in Graz,[1] he attended the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz and graduated in 1968 with a master's degree. He later studied conducting with Franco Ferrara in Rome and with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna.[1]

At the Theater Dortmund, Neuhold served as first conductor.[1] His prizes at various music competitions have included:[1]

  • Florence, 1st prize, 1976
  • San Remo ("Marinuzzi"), 1st prize, 1976
  • Vienna ("Swarowsky"), 2nd prize, 1977
  • Salzburg ("Böhm"), 1st prize, 1977
  • Milan ("Cantelli") 3rd prize, 1977

From 1981 to 1986, Neuhold was music director of the Teatro Regio di Parma.[2] He has also served as chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica "Arturo Toscanini".[2] From 1986 to 1990, Neuhold was chief conductor and music director of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, now known as the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.[2] He was general music director of the Badische Staatskapelle from 1989 to 1995.[2] From 1995 to 2002, he was chief conductor of the Bremer Philharmoniker and music director at the Bremen Opera.[2] Since 2008 he has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa (BOS; Bilbao Symphony Orchestra).[2] In April 2010, the orchestra announced the extension of Neuhold's contract with the BOS for another 3 years.[3] As of 2022, he is appointed Artistic Director and Chief conductor of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.[4]

Neuhold has led commercial recordings for such labels as Naxos Records, Brilliant Classics and Bella Musica. These recorded works include: the second of only two recordings of the original 1904 version of Puccini's Madama Butterfly,[5] Bruckner: Symphony No. 4,[6] Bach's St Matthew Passion[7] and a live recording of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.[8]


  1. 1999: Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria[9][2]
  2. 2007: Berufstitel Professor 2007: title of Professor[2]


  1. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion
  2. B. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Concerto for Orchestra
  3. A. Berg: 3 Orchestral Pieces, Opus 6
  4. H. Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust
  5. J. Brahms: Brahms: Symphony 1
  6. A. Bruckner: Symphony 4
  7. C. Franck: Symphony in D minor
  8. Z. Kodály: Hary Janos Suite, Dances of Galanta
  9. F. Liszt-F. Schreker: Concerto for Jazz Band etc.
  10. G. Mahler: Mahler: Symphony No. 1, 2, 3, 5
  11. H. Marschner: Der Vampyr
  12. G. Puccini: Madama Butterfly (1904)
  13. W. Rihm: Portrait Concert
  14. A. Schnittke: Piano Concerto
  15. A. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder (reduced orchestra by Erwin Stein)
  16. F. Schreker: Chamber Symphony
  17. E. Schulhoff: Piano Concerto
  18. Josef Strauss, Johann Strauss: "Strauss Dynasty"
  19. I. Strawinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps
  20. P.I. Tschaikowsky: Symphony No 5
  21. G. Verdi: Messa da Requiem
  22. R. Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
  23. Wolf-Ferrari: La Vita Nuova


  1. ^ a b c d Merschmeier, Michael; Theaterverlag, Der (13 October 2017). "Artikel "Personalien – Meldungen November 2017"". Der Theaterverlag (in German). Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Neuhold Günter". db.musicaustria.at (in German). Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  3. ^ "The conductor of the BSO, Günter Neuhold, renews for three years – Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa". Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa – Página web de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Announcement of the New Artistic Director – Conductor of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra". CYSO. 17 February 2022. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Madama Butterfly" (in Italian). Naxos. 2006. OCLC 84909849. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  6. ^ Bruckner : Symphony No. 4 Romantica, DVD International, 2000, OCLC 57343233
  7. ^ "BACH, J.S : St. Matthew Passion, Parts I and II (Corpus Christi, Vol. 2) (Neuhold)". Naxos Digital Services Ltd. 2011. OCLC 847757911. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  8. ^ Der Ring des Nibelungen (in German), Stemra, 2000, OCLC 962898425
  9. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question about the Decoration of Honour" (PDF) (in German). p. 1266. Retrieved 1 November 2012.

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Emil Tchkarov
Chief Conductor, deFilharmonie
Succeeded by
Preceded by
José Maria Collado
Chief Conductor, Badische Staatskapelle
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chief Conductor, Bremer Philharmoniker
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