Orchester der Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Conductor Karsten Januschke
Popular major works by two outstanding Czech composers Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904) and Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) are on the programme of the New Year’s Concert, which is a further station on the European journey that began with the Harvest Festival. Yet here we are not at the threshold of modern music but firmly rooted in Romanticism. Both composers were preoccupied with integrating elements of Czech folk music into their creativity and with evolving a clearly identifiable national musical style to establish Czechoslovakia as an important European country of culture. Karsten Januschke, one of the great talents of the younger generation of conductors, is on the rostrum. He has conducted at the Gärtnerplatz Theatre and Bavarian State Opera in Munich, as well as at the Volksoper in Vienna, and returned to Frankfurt Opera to conduct the highly acclaimed new production of Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway. This was followed by Fidelio in Bregenz, L’incoronazione di Poppea in St. Gallen and Don Giovanni at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. Karsten Januschke also conducts symphonic music with the Munich Radio Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the DSO Berlin, the Budapest Philharmonic and the Ensemble Modern.