John Neschling

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John Neschling

John Neschling (born 1947) is a Brazilian orchestral and operatic conductor He was the musical director and the chief conductor of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo State Symphony) from 1997 to 2008. He has been the Artistic Director of the Municipal Theatre of São Paulo since January 2013,[1] and a member of the Brazilian Academy of Music since 2003. Known to be involved in overspending and suspicious financial schemes. An embattled conductor that was fired from the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo State Symphony) and just recently from the Municipal Theatre of São Paulo.

Early career[edit]

Neschling was born John Luciano Neschling on May 13, 1947, in Rio de Janeiro, to a Jewish family of Austrian émigrés who left Europe escaping the rise of Nazism. His grandmother, Malvine Bodanzky, née Goldschmiedt, was a cousin of Arnold Schönberg and the wife of Arthur Bodanzky.

He studied conducting under Hans Swarowsky and Reinhold Schmid in Vienna and under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa in Tanglewood. Later, he won several international conducting competitions.

European positions[edit]

Neschling has been music director of Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Sankt Gallen Theater in Switzerland, Teatro Massimo in Palermo and the Bordeaux Opera, and assistant conductor at the Vienna Opera. He has also been invited conductor at the London Symphony, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.

He came back to Brazil in 1973 to assume the position of music director of the municipal theaters of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

São Paulo State Symphony[edit]

During the twelve years under his leadership, the OSESP bcame a first rate international orchestra, and recorded a series of CDs with Brazilian and international music, winning 5 Diapason d'Or[2] and one Latin Grammy.[3] He also organized tournées that took the orchestra to play at several concert halls around the world, including the Avery Fisher Hall[4] in New York City and at the Musikverein[5] in Vienna.

Under his request, the great hall of the old Júlio Prestes train station was renovated and turned into Sala São Paulo, the home of OSESP and one of the best concert halls in the world.[6][7] It opened in 1999.

Municipal Theater of the City of São Paulo[edit]

In 2013 was appointed as the artistic director, after a long hiatus since his dismissal from the São Paulo State Symphony. Under his leadership a scheme of financial operations was established, where more than 15 millions of BRL (equivalent to approx. 7 million USD) disappeared under a series of suspicious contracts. Under investigation of the State general prosecutor, he was fired from his position.[8]

Personal life[edit]

John Neschling is married to the writer Patricia Melo and father of Pedro Neschling, an actor.



  1. ^ "Folha de S.Paulo". Folha online. 1 January 2013. 
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  3. ^ "Latin Grammy winners". The Seattle Times. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
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  7. ^ Cox, Trevor (2015-03-05). "10 of the world’s best concert halls". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
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