Jonas Alber


Jonas Alber
Conductor
Jonas Alber has established himself as a sought-after conductor both on the concert podium and at leading international opera houses. His name is particularly associated with benchmark performances of fin-du-siècle works, and his repertoire extends from the baroque to contemporary music. Today he is much in demand as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras and opera companies in Europe, Asia, South America, New Zealand and South Africa. He was born in Offenburg, Germany. He studied violin and conducting in Freiburg, and qualified as a conductor at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. There he was awarded a scholarship by the Herbert von Karajan Foundation. As a symphonic conductor, he has led the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic, the Guangzhou Symphony, the Hamburg Symphony, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Residentie Orkest of den Hague, the Osaka Philharmonic, the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria in Vienna, the Vietnam National Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic Choir, the Zagreb Philharmonic and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, among others. As an operatic conductor, he has conducted roughly 500 performances of more than 50 operas. His repertoire ranges from traditional operas by Mozart, Puccini, and Richard Strauss to numerous new productions and premieres. He has led celebrated performances of such central works as Der Ring des Nibelungen as well as new productions of operas that have included Britten’s Peter Grimes, Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, von Schillings’ Mona Lisa, d’Albert’s Tiefland, and Janáček’s The Makropulos Case. He was General Music Director of the Staatstheater Braunschweig from 1998 to 2007. He has conducted at major opera houses all over the world, including the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Carmina Burana), the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels (world premiere of Benoit Mernier’s Frühling Erwachen) the Semperoper Dresden (Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung), the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Teatro Real Madrid (Der Rosenkavalier), the Vienna Volksoper (Franz Schmidt’s Notre Dame). Jonas Alber collaborates with singers and soloists such as Joyce DiDonato, Isabelle Faust, Sabine Meyer, Martin Fröst, Sol Gabetta, Håkan Hardenberger, Franz Hawlata, Shlomo Mintz, Steven Osborne, René Pape, Anne Schwanewilms and Iris Vermillion, among others. His numerous recordings include the complete symphonic works of Schumann and selected symphonic works by Mendelssohn, Franck, Mahler, Sibelius, and Richard Strauss.