WERNER ANDREAS ALBERT

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Werner Andreas Albert is one of Germany’s leading conductors. He has achieved remarkable international success as a conductor of symphony concerts, operas and major studio productions.

His diverse repertoire ranges from the great orchestral classics, through to unjustly forgotten works and avant-garde contemporary compositions.

Werner Andreas Albert regularly conducts internationally renowned orchestras, including the NDR Radio Philharmonic (Hanover, Germany), the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (Brisbane, Australia) and recently tours to Beijing, China and to Japan with the New Japan Philharmonic and the Tokyo City Symphony Orchestra.

Werner Andreas Albert is based on two continents, in Nuremberg (Germany) and Brisbane  (Australia), and when he is on stage he feels most at home. He has enjoyed great success conducting tours to the USA, South America, to the former USSR, most European nations and to Japan, China and New Zealand.

A prolific recording artist, Werner Andreas Albert has completed around 100 CD recordings for innovative German label cpo and conducted on more than 600 recordings for German Radio Stations, including WDR, HR, BR and Deutschlandfunk.

CONDUCTING HISTORY

Werner Andreas Albert before his first concert with the hr Symphony Orchestra (Frankfurt, Germany 1961).

Werner Andreas Albert before his first concert with the hr Symphony Orchestra (Frankfurt, Germany 1961).

Werner Andreas Albert’s career is based on the philosophy of bringing great music to a broader audience.

He began conducting towards the end of his studies in Musicology and World History. Subsequently, he studied conducting with Herbert von Karajan. Being one of Karajan’s only three students, Werner Andreas Albert was strongly influenced by this great musician. Further studies with Hans Rosbaud lead to his debut as a conductor with the Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra (Germany), and soon after with the hr-Symphony Orchestra (Frankfurt, Germany) in a concert with Yehudi Menuhin (Beethoven Violin concerto), and Brahms’ First Symphony.

His first full time position as first Kapellmeister (conductor, 1963–1969) at the North West German Philharmonic Orchestra (Herford, Germany) lead to his position as Chief Conductor for the same orchestra 1969-1971.

In the 1970’s, he became Chief Conductor for the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon, Portugal, 1971-1973), and the Nuremberg Symphony (Germany, 1974-1980).

Since his engagement as Chief Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (Brisbane, Australia, 1983-1990), Werner Andreas Albert now resides in Australia, where he has conducted the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as Orchestra Victoria and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. In 1993 he was appointed as Artistic Advisor for the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and 1995 – 1998 as Chief Conductor.

Since 1998, Werner Andreas Albert works as a freelance conductor, with concert engagements worldwide as well as for studio productions.

RECORDING PROJECTS

In recent years, Werner Andreas Albert has completed multiple large-scale recording projects and published critically acclaimed editions of composers’ complete works.  He conducted a 15-CD-edition of the complete symphonic repertoire of Paul Hindemith, with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and Queensland Symphony orchestras (Australia), as well as the hr Radio Symphony Orchestra (Frankfurt, Germany). This highly commended edition was published by cpo.

He also recorded the complete orchestral works of Erich Wolfgang Korngold with the North West German Philharmonic Orchestra (Herford, Germany), and the complete orchestral works of Hans Pfitzner with renowned orchestras, including the Bamberg Symphony and the Munich Philharmonic (Germany). He conducted and produced CDs of the complete symphonic works of Richard Wetz with the German Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany) and the complete work of Benjamin Frankel with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Werner Andreas Albert commenced recording the major works by Herald Genzmer with the Bamberg Symphony (Germany) and the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Saarbruecken, Germany).

OPERA – SIEGFRIED WAGNER

Werner Andreas Albert’s love of opera has found particular focus in recent years, especially in an extensive project involving the music of Siegfried Wagner, son of the great Richard Wagner.
The project features the operatic and symphonic works of Siegfried Wagner in recordings by Hamburg Opera and the German Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate. A highlight both of this project and Werner Andreas Albert’s 2001 operatic season was the world premiere of Siegfried Wagner’s unperformed opera The Holy Linden Tree (Die Heilige Linde) in a concert performance with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, with Wolfgang Wagner, grandson of Richard Wagner present.

TEACHING

In addition to his commitment to conducting and recording, Werner Andreas Albert has a keen interest in the musical training of younger musicians. He is a founding member and was Chief Conductor of the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra for 25 years, including major tours all through Europe, Australia and Cyprus.

Albert also directed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Conducting Workshop for many years, as well as teaching selected students for a Masters degree at The University of Queensland where he holds the position of Adjunct Professor.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Both the German Federal and Bavarian State Governments have repeatedly recognized Werner Andreas Albert for his dedication to music. He holds amongst others, the title of member of the Bundesverdienstkreuz, Erster Klasse, the German equivalent of the British OM, as well as the Bayerischer Verdienstorden (Bavarian Order of Merit), which is limited to a restricted number of living members.

In April 2010 he was awarded the honorary doctorate from the University of Queensland for his commitment to the music in Australia.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra awarded Werner Andreas Albert the honorary title “Conductor Emeritus” in 2011.