Hansjörg Albrecht

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Hansjörg Albrecht

Hansjörg Albrecht, conductor, organist and harpsichordist, is Artistic Director of the Munich Bach Choir & Bach Orchestra (founded by the legendary Karl Richter). Besides he regularly conducts the Münchner Symphoniker, the Bach Collegium Munich and the C.P.E.-Bach-Choir Hamburg. With these ensembles as well as in collaboration with guest orchestras he has developed new programmatic profiles and is regular guest at major music centres and European festivals.

As conductor he worked with such artists as Dorothee Oberlinger, Arabella Steinbacher, Sharon Kam, Vesselina Kasarova, Simone Kermes und Klaus Florian Vogt and with ensembles like Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Turin, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo Naples, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Prague Philharmonia, Bavarian State Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Hamburger Symphoniker, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Baroque Orchestra Moscow, Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra Hamburg and the ensembles of the Stuttgart Bach Academy.

Besides his engagements as conductor (in Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Salzburg, Rome, Turin, Naples, Milan, Warsaw, St. Petersburg and Moscow and other towns) he appears as a soloist and in chamber music (in the past with artists like Albrecht Mayer, Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen and Jean Guillou).

Concerts as organist have taken Hansjörg Albrecht to a number of great concert halls and cathedrals in Europe and Russia. He also guested with renowned orchestras such as Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra New York, Orchestre de la Swisse Romande, Orchestra Sinfonica di Santa Cecilia Rome, Camerata Salzburg, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Hansjörg Albrecht was born in Freiberg/Saxony and received his first musical education as a member of the Dresden Kreuzchor. Afterwards he studied conducting and organ in Hamburg, Lyon and Cologne. While studying he became assistant organist at Hamburg’s main church St. Michaelis and held this position for seven years. Later he worked closely with the singer and conductor Peter Schreier as his assistant, organist and harpsichordist for several years.

Although Hansjörg Albrecht has achieved an excellent reputation especially for his Bach interpretations his concert schedule shows a great variety of programs with a predilection for unusual cross-connections. His interest in new music is documented by a number of first performances of works by Thierry Escaich, Enjott Schneider, Philipp Maintz, Rodion Schtschedrin and others.

Since 2006 Hansjörg Albrecht holds an agreement with the label OehmsClassics and recorded as conductor several highly acclaimed CDs. The recording of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in which he assumed the dual role of conductor and soloist has been regarded by American critics as equal in quality to the reference recordings of Charles Dutoit, Georges Prêtre and Christoph Eschenbach. In his own organ series “The Art of Organ Transcription” Hansjörg Albrecht illuminates the rich facets of the organ. In 2013, he has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the category “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” for his recording of Gustav Holst’s work “The Planets”.