Born in 1971 in Berlin, Gabriel Feltz is, starting the 2013/14 season, Generalmusikdirektor of the Dortmund Opera and Chiefconductor of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra. After the Philharmonic Orchestra Altenburg-Gera (2001-2005) and the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra (20042013) is this, without interruption, his third position as chief-conductor of a German Orchestra. In addition, in September 2008 he took over the position as Principal Guest Conductor at the Basel Theatre (Opera House of the year 2009 and 2010).
From 1989 to 1994 Gabriel Feltz studied at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin conducting and piano. After his studies he became Gerd Albrecht's assistant at the Hamburg State Opera (1994-1995). First engagements took him to the Lubeck Opera (1995-1997), the Bremen Theatre (1997-2001) as well as "Generalmusikdirektor" to the Altenburg-Gera Theatre (2001-2005).
Gabriel Feltz has conducted leading orchestras in Germany and abroad such as Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Bavarian State Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Frankfurt Opernhaus- and Museumsorchester, Staatskapelle Weimar, Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim, Bamberger Symphoniker, Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin (RSB), Cologne (WDR), Leipzig (MDR), Hanover (NDR) and Saarbrücken (SR), German National Youth Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Berner Symphonieorchester, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestra of the Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), KBS Symphony Orchestra Seoul as well as Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and China National Symphony Orchestra.
The extensive Discography of Gabriel Feltz makes him to one of the outstanding conductors of his generation. The repertoire starts from Mozart and Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, Elgar, Prokofiev, Skrjabin and Richard Strauss to Nono and Ligeti.
The recording of Luigi Nonos` Intolleranza with the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra and the choir of the Bremen Opera under Gabriel Feltz has been awarded with the Diapason d'Or in June 2013. In 2007 Gabriel Feltz started the recording of all Mahler Symphonies (Dreyer-Gaido) with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. At the moment the Symphonies 1 -7 are available. The cycle (highly praised in the press) will be completed in 2016.
A Blu-Ray disc with Otto Respighis "Belkis Regina di Saba" will be released in 2013 with Stella Doufexis, Mezzosoprano, Julia Jentsch, Speaker, the Brno Philharmonic choir and the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. This work, which is very important for Gabriel Feltz is the recording of the first performances after the world premiere in 1932.
In 2007 the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker under their chief conductor Gabriel Feltz were awarded the Prix Rachmaninov of the Foundation Serge Rachmaninov. With a TV production AIDA AM RHEIN M° Feltz had an outstanding success.
Important future engagements include:
2013/14 Generalmusikdirektor of Dortmund. In his first concert with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra on Sept. 17th and 18th at the Dortmund Konzerthaus he will conduct Beethovens "Pastorale" and Strauss "Alpensinfonie". His first premiere will be Don Carlos (R. Jens-Daniel Herzog) During his first season he will be responsible for two more opera productions: Tannhäuser (Jan14) and Carmen (Feb 14)
Further engagements opera: To the Bavarian State Opera, Munich he is invited for THE FLYING DUTCHMAN (including the Munich Opera Festival), at the Komische Oper Berlin he will make a new production of Bernd Alois Zimmermanns DIE SOLDATEN. The Basle Theatre has invited him for a new production of Otello, the Cologne Opera for a new production of "Il Prigioniero/ Ekklesiatische Aktion" and the Zurich Opera for a new production of Wolfgang Rihms "Hamletmaschine".
Concert: Apart from his duties as Chiefconductor of Dortmund (Symphonic concerts, education projects, special concerts, film projects etc.) he is invited to the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra for concerts and a CD production of MAHLERS 9TH SYMPHONY, to the Basle Symphony Orchestra, the Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg and the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. With this orchestra he will conduct in 2015 MAHLERS 8TH SYMPHONY at the 200 Anniversary celebrations of the Musikverein Graz.
Photo: from the homepage Gabriel Feltz