Andreas Sebastian Weiser

Music director of the State Opera, Conductor

Andreas Sebastian Weiser, a graduate of the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, became a finalist of the first year of the International Conductors' Contest of Arturo Toscanini in Italy in 1985. Thanks to a scholarship provided by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst he also studied under Václav Neumann at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (1987/88). One year later he became a second conductor of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and in 1990, the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra elected him a principal conductor. In 1993 he debuted at the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, when he quickly substituted for Semyon Bychkov and took over conducting of Mahler's 9th Symphony. Starting from the first common concert in Ravenna in 1995 he regularly cooperated with the violoncellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich (among others, a working of Britten's War Requiem with the Orchestra Nazionalle della RAI Torino, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the NDR Sinfonieorchester). He has regularly cooperated as an assistant with Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. Andreas S. Weiser has conducted, among others, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Bavarian State Philharmonic, the MDR Sinfonieorchester and the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, he is a conductor of the Czech Chamber Orchestra. Since 2012/2013 season he has been a principal conductor of Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Virtuosi di Praga. As an opera conductor, he has cooperated with the Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Nice, the Staatstheater Kassel, the Prague State Opera, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Madrid (RTVE) and opera houses in Rome, Palermo and Barcelona. He has been a music director of the State Opera in Prague since September 2016.
Photo Tomáš Brabec