George Alexander Albrecht is one of today’s most versatile conductors of his generation. His opera and concert repertoire includes nearly the whole literature of orchestral music. His enthusiastic and successful work with contemporary composers is reflected by by numerous pioneering and impressive performances (e.g. Reimann’s "Troades", Zimmermann’s "Die Soldaten" and Schönberg’s "Moses und Aron").
Besides the opera works of Mozart and Wagner an important part of his artistic work is devoted to the symphonic work of Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler. He was awarded the "Gustav Mahler Gold Medal" in 1985 for his performances of the complete works of Mahler and is the author of the book "Die Symphonien Gustav Mahlers". He always puts a great effort on performing seldom played works, e.g. the compositions of Hans Pfitzner, Erwin Schulhoff, Allan Pettersson and Wilhelm Furtwängler, whose symphonies he‘s editing as the president of the society "Complete Work of Wilhelm-Furtwängler". The recordings of the whole symphonies by Furtwängler have been released on CD with the Staatskapelle Weimar and George Alexander Albrecht and have received an outstanding critical response.
George Alexander Albrecht was born in Bremen, Germany, in 1935. He studied violin, piano and composition and has been awarded the "Prix d'excellence" of the Accademia Chigiana in Siena/Italy in 1954. At the age of just 29 years he was called as General Music Director to the Niedersächsische Staatsoper Hanover in 1965 and was at that time the youngest General Music Director of Germany. He has been guest conductor of the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Symphony Orchestra of Bamberg, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. He has conducted all of the German Radio Symphony Orchestras and has built close relationships with many leading orchestras around the world, i.a. the Philharmonic Orchestra of Warsaw, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Paris, the NHK-Orchestra of Tokyo, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic and the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Turin, Milan and Rome. He has been invited to conduct in Bologna, Barcelona, Madrid, Trieste, Turin, Venice, Melbourne, the Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, the Zurich Opera, the Opera Australia in Melbourne and Sydney, the Vienna Opera, the Concert Hall and Musikverein Vienna, the Salzburg Festival, the New Zealand International Arts Festival and the Carnegie Hall in New York, among others.
After 32 successful years George Alexander Albrecht left the Opera of Hanover by the end of the season 92/93, to work more intensively with different orchestras as a guest conductor. From 1990 to 1995 he was principal guest conductor at the Semperoper Dresden and conducted the highly praised new production of the opera "Moses und Aron" by A. Schönberg in Leipzig (Direction: George Tabori). He is Professor of Honour at the Musikhochschule "Franz Liszt" Weimar and was awarded the "Bundesverdienstkreuz" in 1998.
As General Music Director of the German National Theatre in Weimar and the Staatskapelle Weimar from 1996 to 2002 he gave numerous guest performances in Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Antwerp and Luxembourg. His CD recordings with this German orchestra rich in tradition mainly concentrate on works written for Weimar by Liszt, Wagner, Strauss and Humperdinck. In 2002 was granted the title of Conductor Laureate of the Staatskapelle Weimar.
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