Artistic director and chief conductor Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR)
Artistic director and principal conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra (MKO)
Artistic director of Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF)
Alexander Liebreich has been hailed by the press as one of the mostrepresentative conductor of a new generation of conductors, “for whom the borderline between large symphony orchestras and smaller, more flexible ensembles comes just as naturally as the synthesis of artistic mastery and social responsibility.”
In season 2012/13 he started his tenure as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice, an orchestra of long tradition with outstanding conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur and Wiltold Lutosławski. Following a highly successful premiere season of this cooperation, the orchestra is looking forward to its moving to the new premises: In autumn 2014 Alexander Liebreich will open the Philharmony of the Polish Radio, designed by the architect Tomasz Konior and acoustic designer Yasuhisa Toyota, together with the Bavarian Radio Choir and the pianist Krystian Zimerman.
Furthermore, Alexander Liebreich is artistic director and principal conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra (MKO), the position to which he was appointed in 2006. Since then the ensemble has been widely acclaimed not only at home, but also throughout Europe and overseas and received several awards for its unique sound and innovative programming. The first CD, resulting from this cooperation and featuring symphonies by Joseph Haydn and Isang Yun’s chamber symphony, was released internationally to much critical acclaim by the label ECM in January 2008. After a Bach recording (the Deutsche Grammophon) another CD with Rossini’s overtures (Sony Classical) was released in 2011. In 2014 Sony Classical is releasing his recording of Mozart’s Requiem with the Bavarian Radio Choir (BR).
After his studies at the Munich Conservatory and Salzburg Mozarteum and collecting artistic experience with Claudio Abbado and Michael Gielen, Alexander Liebreich, who was born in Regensburg, was awarded the Kirill Kondraschin Conducting Competition Prize in 1996 by a jury that included Sir Edward Downes and Peter Eötvös. Later Liebreich was appointed assistant to Edo de Waart at the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest in the Netherlands. Subsequently, he worked as guest conductor with many prestigious orchestras including the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently he has conducted, among others, the DSO Berlin, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg.
After a successful production of O. Schoeck’s Penthesileia Alexander Liebreich continues his cooperation with Hans Neuenfels and the Frankfurt Opera with G. Enescu’s Oedipe in season 2013/14. Furthermore, he will appear for the first time at the Warsaw Autumn and Beethoven Easter Festival and perform with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at Suntory Hall.
Since 2011, he has been artistic director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) in South Korea, one of the biggest and most important festivals in Asia. With the goal of encouraging intercultural encounters, he established the ‘East-West Residence Programme’, inviting the likes of Heiner Goebbels, Unsuk Chin, Martin Grubinger, Gautier Capuςon, Toshio Hosokawa and Beat Furrer as guest artists to South Korea. In March 2014 he will open the new concert venue in Tongyeong with Vesselina Kasarowa and the Composers in Residence, Salvatore Sciarrino and Tigran Mansurian.
In December 2008 he was appointed to the Members’ Convention of the Goethe Institute, its Board entrusted with planning, which consists of influential personalities in cultural and social life of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Alexander Liebreich is married to dancer Simone Geiger. The couple has a son and lives in Munich.