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Curriculum vitae


Since his debut at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2006, where he conducted the world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s piece “Mixtur”, Wolfgang Lischke has been one of the noted conductors of his generation. “Precise and inspired” – one critic described him like this and thus put his finger on exactly what makes Wolfgang Lischke so special, also in the modern repertoire.

Born in 1970 Wolfgang Lischke studied Piano and Trombone, and thereafter, Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. In 1998 he graduated with the German equivalent of a Masters Degree in Music, summa cum Laude. He broadened his education with numerous international masterclasses and worked among others with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Sir Edward Downes, Ilja Musin and Juri Temirkanow.

Having fulfilled engagements in smaller Opera houses, 2003 Wolfgang Lischke was appointed to be 1st assistant Music Director at the opera house in Bonn, where he took musical responsibility for virtually the entire repertoire. More and more he developed beside his work in the opera his second focus: the contemporary music. He became musical caretaker of „Bonn Chance“, an experimental opera series, where he conducted a remarkable number of productions in cooperation with Ensemble Musikfabrik. Peter Eötvös brought him together with Karlheinz Stockhausen, and as a result, Wolfgang Lischke worked repeatedly with Stockhausen.

Invitations to concerts have brought Wolfgang Lischke to numerous important orchestras and ensembles throughout Europe like DSO Berlin, RCO and RFO Hilversum, WDR-Sinfonieorchester Köln, SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden, RSO Wien, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Beethovenorchester Bonn, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Plural Madrid.

International attention got beside the mentioned concert in Salzburg also Wolfgang Lischke’s interpretation of Stockhausen’s piece “Inori” in Paris with Ensemble Intercontemporain 2012 as well as his performance at the 2013 Donaueschinger Music Days, which he opened with the SWR Symphony Orchestra.