Biography Munich Radio Orchestra & Ernst Theis

Munich Radio Orchestra & Ernst Theis

Ernst Theis
Born in Upper Austria, Ernst Theis studied in Vienna at the University of Music and Performing Arts (now the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna). His beginnings as a conductor lie with the Österreichische Kammersymphoniker, as whose artistic director and managing director he was intensively involved with music of the classical modern period, contemporary music and later also Viennese classical music from 1991 -2003. During this time, he recorded two CD series, a four-part series for cantate-musicaphon, which was centrally dedicated to classical modernism with works by Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Bohuslav Martinu and Erwin Schulhoff, and later he recorded what is still the world's only complete recording of all of Joseph Haydn's piano concertos for the ARTS MUSIC label. In the course of his work with this orchestra, with which he performed a cycle at the Vienna Konzerthaus for many years and also appeared at various festivals, he became a stand-in at the Vienna Volksoper, which subsequently engaged him as conductor for almost four years.

His career then took him to many orchestras at home and abroad, such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken/Kaiserlautern, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra (China) and many others. In these contexts he opened up the great concert repertoire, but also works of classical modern and contemporary music.

From 2003 to 2013, he held the position of principal conductor of the Dresden State Operetta, which was then in crisis. His decidedly conceptual and visionary approach to artistic work opened up the recording market for this theatre. Since 2005, he and his ensemble have produced a total of eight double CDs with works by Franz Schreker, Ernst Toch, Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Pavel Haas and others. (RadioMusiken Volume I and Volume II) but also internationally acclaimed recordings of operettas by Johann Strauss (Das Spitzentuch der Königin, Der Carneval in Rom, Prinz Methusalem) for the German label CPO.

The highly acclaimed artistic development of his Dresden ensemble has led to engagements at renowned concert halls such as the Cologne Philharmonie, Hamburg's Laeisz-Halle and the Brucknerhaus Linz, and to repeated invitations to renowned festivals such as the Kurt Weill Fest Dessau. With his profile-forming conceptual lines in the areas of opera, operetta and musicals, he finally developed his ensemble from a potential candidate for closure, the Dresden State Operetta, to a candidate for a new theatre building in 2003. In 2011, the political decision was made to build a new theatre.

He regularly gives guest performances internationally as a conductor, but also remains true to established concepts such as the RadioMusiken project, which he has been working on for many years as a recording project with the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Deutschlandradio, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk and the German CD label CPO.

His most recent recordings, not yet released, were with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In 2018, Maestro Ernst Theis recorded the new complete recording of the operetta "Gräfin Mariza ("Emmerich Kálmán") for Bayerischer Rundfunk. Today, Ernst Theis works successfully with many orchestras on various continents in an artistic spectrum that ranges from the early Viennese classical period to the avant-garde. Since 2016, he has also been the artistic director of the KLANGBADHALL festival.

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