Artistic Director & Principal Conductor
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna-born Sascha Goetzel is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, which has achieved international recognition thanks to a memorable performance at the 2010 Salzburg Festival, a brilliant debut at the BBC Proms and its first European tour. His spectacular work with BIPO is documented in three Onyx CDs.
Goetzel is also Principal Guest Conductor of Japan’s Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of Istanbul’s Music for Peace Foundation.
His opera experience includes productions at the Mariinsky Theater, Tiroler Landestheater, Lucerne, Vienna’s Volksoper, Opéra de Montpellier and Rennes. Following a great success with Le nozze di Figaro in 2014, the Vienna State Opera invited Goetzel for productions of Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Die Fledermaus and Der Rosenkavalier until 2018. Singers with whom he has worked include Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja, Piotr Beczała, Juan Diego Flórez, Thomas Hampson and Michael Schade.
Recent highlights include performances with the Orchestre National de France in Paris, Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestre National de Lyon and the Israel Symphony, his Japanese opera debut with the Tokyo Philharmonic in Le nozze di Figaro, a debut in the Zurich Tonhalle, opening the 2016 and 2017 Vienna State Opera with the Vienna Philharmonic and two concerts at the Hong Kong Festival. The current season begins with a series of Don Giovanni performances at the Vienna State Opera, concerts with in Frankfurt/Oder, Bratislava and Tokyo.
Updated: September 2017