Hansjörg Albrecht © Florian Wagner

Hansjörg Albrecht

Hansjörg Albrecht is considered a fearless musical border crosser and lateral thinker. He consistently pursues his own path as a conductor – between the Baroque period and the present age, between the archives and new creations – and he has established himself amongst the virtuosi of his instrument with his organ transcriptions.
Hansjörg Albrecht is one of the few artists - alongside Ton Koopman, Masaaki Suzuki, Martin Haselböck and Wayne Marshall - who are regularly present internationally both as a conductor and as a concert organist. His inspiration is the Anglo-American conductor, concert organist, arranger and sound magician Leopold Stokowski. As a conductor he consistently goes his own way – between archive and new creation and with an extensive repertoire from Bach to Messiaen – and with his organ transcriptions he established himself as a specialist among the virtuosos of his instrument.
Hansjörg Albrecht is Artistic Director of the Munich Bach Choir & Bach Orchestra (founded in 1954 by the legendary Karl Richter). He also has a longstanding collaboration with the San Carlo Opera House in Naples, the Chamber Orchestra Moscow, the Staatskapelle Weimar and the CPE Bach Choir Hamburg. As a conductor and organist, he performs worldwide in major music centres such as London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo and New York, and regularly collaborates with internationally renowned artists and orchestras. He also conducts opera productions in Naples and Dubai, among other places, as well as ballet projects with the dance companies of Marguerite Donlon and Boris Eifman.
Recent invitations take him to concert halls in Leipzig, Dresden, Dortmund, Hamburg and the new Isarphilharmonie in Munich, to the Orgelpark in Amsterdam, Milan Cathedral, the opera houses of Bari, Cagliari and Muscat (in the latter with the world premiere of a new concerto for organ and orchestra by Marco Tutino), to the Baroque Festival La Valletta (Malta), the "Anima Mundi" Festival in Pisa and the "Enescu Festival" in Bucharest. He will work for the first time with the trumpet player Sergei Nakariakov, the piano duo Lucas & Arthur Jussen, the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Halle and the Royal Oman Symphonic Orchestra.
Although Hansjörg Albrecht is internationally regarded as a specialist in historically informed performance, especially of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the Viennese Classical period, he is also gladly invited for major choral symphonic works as well as premieres and first performances.
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In addition, he passionately devotes himself to a Richard Wagner pèlerinage and is committed to forgotten composers like Hans Rott and Walter Braunfels.
Albrecht gives master classes in Germany and abroad and led the oratorio class at the Mozarteum Salzburg from 2016-2021. Since 2021 he is a member of the board of the New Bach Society Leipzig. He has released over 30 internationally acclaimed CDs as a conductor and organist on the Oehms Classics label. Among others, he was nominated for the GRAMMY Award in 2013.
By 2024, Anton Bruckner's 200th birthday, he will realise the world's first complete recording of all Bruckner symphonies as organ transcriptions for OehmsClassics (under the patronage of conductor and Bruckner specialist Christian Thielemann) at original venues such as St Florian, Linz, London, Munich, Vienna, Paris, Lucerne, Leipzig and Prague.
Starting in 2022, Albrecht has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor at the renowned Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, the fourth largest opera house in Italy.