Franz Schottky

Conductor

 

Biography

Franz Schottky is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Munich Kammerphilharmonie dacapo and has been regularly invited to conduct renowned orchestras all over the world. In the 2019/20 season he will conduct in Munich, Vienna, St. Petersburg and Mexico City amongst others. As guest he has conducted orchestras such as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini, Orchestra Sinfonica Metropolitana di Bari, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, Capella Cracoviensis, Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra "Academy of Soloists" and Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México OSEM, performing in venues such as Musikverein Vienna, Smetana Hall Prague, Henry Crown Hall Jerusalem and Gasteig Munich.

With its own full-season subscription concerts series in the Herkules Hall Schottky's own orchestra Munich Kammerphilharmonie dacapo - which he has founded in 2000 - has secured a big core audience and a permanent place in the rich cultural life of Bavaria’s state capital. The orchestra has also become a popular guest orchestra in Germany and abroad.

For many years now Schottky has shown particular dedication to the symphonic works of Anton Bruckner: in Nur-Sultan (Astana) he conducted the first performance of the 4th Symphony as well as in Chișinău the first performance of the 6th Symphony. In 2019 Schottky has given his USA debut in Alexandria (Louisiana) with Brahms's 2nd Symphony.

Many popular international soloists such as Natalia Gutman, Anna Tifu, Alberto Ferro, Thomas Albertus Irnberger or Kartal Karagedik appreciate Schottky as a very flexible and sensitive accompanist. This is also due to Schottky's special conducting technique which he has learned from his teacher Sergiu Celibidache, former musical director of the Munich Philharmonic orchestra: 1991- at the age of 20 - Schottky entered his conducting class and became one of his last and closest students until Celibidache's death in 1996. The teaching included the so called Musical Phenomenology, Celibidache's own music philosophy, which Schottky nowadays passes on as a guest lecturer (most recently at the Shanghai University and the Prague Conservatory).

After his studies, Schottky gained experience as an opera, choral and orchestra conductor. He appeared in numerous concerts and led concert tours in Germany and abroad. As assistant, répétiteur and orchestra pianist he worked for the Heidenheim Opera Festival and the Munich opera production Schulamit, amongst others. He attended master classes with conductors such as Roman Kofman and Joerg Bierhance.

Since 2014, Schottky is member of the jury of the Verona International Piano Competition.

 

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