The Viennese pianist Rudolf Buchbinder is firmly established as one of the world’s foremost musicians. He frequently performs with major orchestras and conductors around the world. His comprehensive repertoire encompasses music from Bach to the present day and can be heard in over 100 recordings, many of them award-winning.
Notable recordings to his credit include Haydn’s complete works for piano (Warner Classics) which was honoured with the Grand Prix du Disque as well as his live recording of Beethoven sonatas from the Semperoper in Dresden (Sony/RCA Red Seal) for which he was awarded the 2012 Echo Klassik Award in the category “Instrumentalist of the year”, as well as the Choc de l’Année 2012. Other projects include live recordings of works by Mozart, the five Beethoven concertos and the upcoming recording of both Brahms piano concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Rudolf Buchbinder’s interpretations of Ludwig van Beethoven’s works are considered benchmarks. He continues to set standards with his performances of the complete 32 sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven in more than 45 cities, among them Vienna, Berlin, Beijing, Buenos Aires, St Petersburg, Milan, Munich, Dresden, Istanbul and Zurich. In 2014 he performed the complete Beethoven sonatas over a course of seven recitals at the Salzburg Festival, as the first pianist in the history of the Festival to do so. All seven concerts were filmed by Unitel. In 2015 Rudolf Buchbinder performed his sonata cycle at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Over the next years Rudolf Buchbinder will continue to focus on the works of Ludwig van Beethoven. He presents his 50th Beethoven sonata cycle at the Musikverein Wien in the 2015-16 season. As he recently said, ‘you can never know where your career will lead. It would be wonderful to experience the summit of my career as a pianist at the end of my life. But it would then be a pity that I would never know how it might have continued.’
Rudolf Buchbinder’s interpretations are based on the meticulous study of original sources and he has a passion for collecting historical scores. His collection includes 38 complete editions of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, an extensive collection of first editions and original documents, as well as the autograph scores and the piano parts of both Brahms piano concertos.
Rudolf Buchbinder is the founding artistic director of the Grafenegg Festival which has become one of the leading orchestral festivals in Europe under his leadership since its foundation in 2007. In his biography “Da Capo”, introduced by Joachim Kaiser, Rudolf Buchbinder offers insights into his life and his many artistic experiences. His second book “Mein Beethoven – Leben mit dem Meister” was recently published by Residenz Verlag.
Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, it is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition.
Over its long history many distinguished conductors and internationally celebrated instrumentalists have left their mark on this onetime court orchestra. Previous directors include Heinrich Schütz, Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner, who called the ensemble his ?miraculous harp?.
The list of prominent conductors of the last 100 years includes Ernst von Schuch, Fritz Reiner, Fritz Busch, Karl B?hm, Joseph Keilberth, Rudolf Kempe, Otmar Suitner, Kurt Sanderling, Herbert Blomstedt and Giuseppe Sinopoli. The orchestra was directed by Bernard Haitink from 2002-2004 and most recently by Fabio Luisi from 2007-2010. Principal Conductor since the 2012/2013 season has been Christian Thielemann. The first and only Conductor Laureate in the history of the Staatskapelle, from 1990 until his death in April 2013, was Sir Colin Davis. Myung-Whun Chung has been Principal Guest Conductor since the 2012/2013 season.
Richard Strauss and the Staatskapelle were closely linked for more than sixty years. Nine of the composer’s operas were premiered in Dresden, including ?Salome?, ?Elektra? and ?Der Rosenkavalier?, while Strauss’s ?Alpine Symphony? was dedicated to the orchestra. Countless other famous composers have written works either dedicated to the orchestra or first performed in Dresden. In 2007 the Staatskapelle reaffirmed this tradition by introducing the annual position of ?Capell-Compositeur?. Following on from Hans Werner Henze, Wolfgang Rihm and Sofia Gubaidulina, Gy?rgy Kurtág will hold this title for the 2015/2016 season. As ?Capell-Virtuos? the pianist Yefim Bronfman will take part in various concerts.
The Staatskapelle’s home is the Semperoper, where it performs around 260 operas and ballets each season. In addition the ensemble presents another 50 symphonic and chamber concerts in the opera house, as well as playing at various musical events in Dresden’s Frauenkirche.
As one of the world’s most celebrated and popular symphony orchestras, the Staatskapelle regularly travels abroad to the world’s leading classical venues. From 2013 the Staatskapelle Dresden is the resident orchestra of the Salzburg Easter Festival, whose Artistic Director is none other than Christian Thielemann.
The Staatskapelle also does valuable work to support the local region: Since October 2008 it has been the patron orchestra of Meetingpoint Music Messiaen (launched on January 15, 2015) in the double city of G?rlitz-Zgorzelec. And in September 2010 the orchestra helped found the International Shostakovich Festival in Gohrisch (Saxon Switzerland), which is the only such annual event dedicated to the music and life of Dmitri Shostakovich.
At a ceremony in Brussels in 2007 the Staatskapelle became the first – and so far only – orchestra to be awarded the ?European Prize for the Preservation of the World’s Musical Heritage?.
Volkswagen's ?Die Gl?serne Manufaktur? (The Transparent Factory) has been a partner of the Staatskapelle Dresden since 2008.