Sascha Goetzel
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Viennese born Sascha Goetzel’s trademarks are conviction and passion, as audiences and critics around the world have consistently noted. He is Principal Conductor of the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Finland, and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, and has held posts as Resident Conductor at the Pacific Music Festival founded by Leonard Bernstein, Music and Artistic Director of the Austrian-Korean Philharmonic, and Associate Conductor of the Attergau Institute Orchestra, the training orchestra of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Having initially trained as a violinist, Goetzel began his orchestral career working at close quarters with many of the world's greatest conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Seiji Ozawa. He has made successful debuts abroad with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, NDR Hannover, NHK Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Moscow Symphony, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Tokyo and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestras, Deutsche Kammerakademie, the Basel and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire in a wide spectrum of repertoire, including several world premieres. With the Baltimore and Toronto symphonies he has conducted Viennese music in New York, Washington and Baltimore, and has worked with instrumentalists such as Rudolf Buchbinder, Vadim Repin and Hilary Hahn. Last season saw debuts in Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark, and at the Salzburg Festival and the Carinthischer Sommer, and conducting the Freedom Concert in Amsterdam in the presence of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, an event that was shown live on television.

Sascha Goetzel is an accomplished opera conductor, and has to his credit performances of Drattell's Nicholas and Alexandra in Los Angeles, acclaimed new productions of the three Mozart Da Ponte operas and La Bohème at the Tiroler Landestheater, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker at the Vienna State Opera, Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Lehár's Land of Smiles which received unprecedented critical acclaim at Vienna's Volksoper, Così Fan Tutte at the Attersee Klassik Festival and Mozart's Don Giovanni at the legendary Mariinsky Theater at Valery Gergiev's invitation. He has worked with world class singers such as Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Joseph Calleja, José Cura, Thomas Hampson, Roberto Alagna, Michael Schade, Bo Skovhus and Vesselina Kasarova. Last season he conducted new productions of Entführung aus dem Serail and Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Volksoper, and made his debut with The Magic Flute in Lucerne.

Sascha Goetzel has made countless television and radio broadcasts and has recorded works by Nino Rota and Max Bruch for Koch Classics. He is a successful music arranger for various ensembles and artists, such as José Carreras, Ramòn Vargas, the Ensemble Wien and the NTO-Orchestra. Several of his arrangements have been recorded and released by BMG and Deutsche Grammophon. His recording of three works with links to the Orient by Respighi, Hindemith and Florent Schmitt with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra was released on the Onyx label to coincide with the start of Istanbul's tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2010, and has astonished and delighted critics around the world. A second CD is due for release this season.


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