Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan
Manager: R. Douglas Sheldon, Stefana Atlas
Management Territory: North America
Goetzel is the consummate showman... [with] fine sense of orchestral colors. The Guardian - Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic at BBC Proms, July 2014
This native of Vienna created a Mozart which was fresh, vital, yet always nuanced, unbelievably colorful, and was an excellent partner for the singers. Der Kurier - Vienna Staatsoper, Le Nozze di Figaro, November 2014
The Viennese conductor Sascha Goetzel has crafted a dynamic global reputation as both a music director and guest conductor. As Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009, he has raised the ensemble to even higher artistic standards and garnered it international recognition with appearances at the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, and Vienna Musikverein. Maestro Goetzel additionally serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan and previously held titles with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and Kuopio Symphony in Finland.
Maestro Goetzel’s conducting engagements . . . have included the Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Pays de la Loire, Dresden Philharmonic at the Abu Dhabi Music Festival, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Große Orchester Graz at the Stefaniensaal Graz, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Kioi Sinfonietta, National Orchestra of Belgium, and Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include Romanian Radio National Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and Israel Symphony Orchestra. Goetzel has worked with soloists including Vadim Repin, Daniel Hope, Yuja Wang, Hillary Hahn, and Branford Marsalis.
Goetzel is also highly regarded as an opera conductor and has appeared at the Vienna Volksoper, Tiroler Landestheater, Opera de Montpelier, Opera de Rennes, and Vienna Staatsoper. His 2014 direction of Le Nozze di Figaro at Vienna Staatsoper garnered high praise and re-engagement to conduct six more operas- Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, La Traviata, La Boheme, Die Zauberflöte, and Die Fledermaus- in the coming seasons. He has conducted many famed singers in concerts including Renee Fleming, Roberto Alagna, Juan Diego Flores, Thomas Hampson, Bryn Terfel, Piotr Beczala, Bo Skovhus, and Ian Bostridge.
Sascha Goetzel has recorded three albums with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic on the Onyx Label. Their 2010 release of works by Respighi, Hindemith, and Schmitt was hailed as “a notably impressive calling-card, in a refreshingly unhackneyed choice of repertoire” by BBC Music Magazine. BIPO’s 2012 album “Music from the Machine Age” featured works by Bartok, Prokofiev, Ravel, Holst, and Schulhoff, and their newest release in 2015 included Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and works by Balakirev, Erkin, and Ippolitov-Ivanov.
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