Friedrich Pfeiffer

Austrian conductor FRIEDRICH PFEIFFER began his journey in music as a horn player and as boy soprano at the famous Wiener Sängerknaben (‘Vienna Singing Boys’) Choir. This period was marked by his appearances as soloist in recordings of Bach cantatas conducted by the illustrious Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his performance as the First of the genii boys in The Magic Flute by Mozart at both the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and at the Wiener Staatsoper. (1968 – 1972). Following the wonderful years at the Wiener Sängerknaben, Pfeiffer devoted himself entirely to the horn,  studying with Prof. Josef Veleba at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

By the age of 18, Friedrich Pfeiffer had been engaged as principal horn with the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, and two years later he was appointed at the same position with the Wiener Symphoniker.  On September 1, 1981, he joined the Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra, where he played on the positions of first, third and fourth horn.   In 1985, he was invited to become a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, performing on this prestigious ensemble until 2008. Under the baton of Riccardo Muti, in 1987 he performed as soloist to the orchestra Mozart’s Symphonia Concertante in E flat Major, KV 297b.  In the same period, Pfeiffer was a member of the Hofmusikkapelle (1987-2008).

Having completed the relevant course of studies with Karl Österreicher, Friedrich Pfeiffer turned his attention to conducting.  His rich experience as an orchestra member enabled him to rise quickly in his new career. Between 1990 and 2008, Pfeiffer served as artistic director of Musik im Stadl, conducting a series of concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as taking part in the Salzburg Festival. Pfeiffer has been guest-conductor of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Chamber Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, of orchestras in Austria and Slovakia. Between 2008 – 2011 he functioned as conductor at the Vienna State Opera, and since 2011 – as guest conductor at the National Opera of Moldova in Chisinau. He has also conducted opera productions at the Romanian National Opera at Cluj and the Bucharest National Opera at the George Enescu Festival. Friedrich Pfeiffer’s repertoire ranges from the Vienna classics to the twentieth-century masters. He has earned reputation of profound connoisseur in Verdi’s style, repeatedly conducting his operas and Requiem.

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