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Wolfgang Lischke

Wolfgang Lischke

Country of origin: Germany
Birthday: April 9, 1970

About Wolfgang Lischke

Wolfgang Lischke has been considered one of the most significant conductors of his generation since his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2006, where he conducted Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mixtur. A critic described his work as “exact and inspired”, emphasizing the qualities that make  Lischke’s conducting unique, especially in the world of contemporary music.

Born in Munich in 1970, Wolfgang Lischke studied at the Hochschule for Music there, first specializing in piano and trombone, and later conducting. He completed his studies in 1998 with a Master’s Diploma with Honors. He augmented his training in numerous international master classes with, among others, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Sir Edward Downes, Ilja Musin, and Yuri Temirkanov. Following engagements in several smaller opera houses, Lischke was appointed Assistant General Music Director and First Assistant Conductor at the Bonn Opera in 2003. For the BonnChance series, Lischke prepared a number of premieres of experimental music theater pieces with the Ensemble Musikfabrik.

Since embarking on a free-lance career in 2009, Lischke has conducted concerts and operas throughout Europe with some of the most significant contemporary music ensembles of our time. His performances of Stockhausen’s Inori in 2012 in Paris with Ensemble Intercontemporain drew international attention, as did his conducting at the Donaueschingen Festival in 2013, where he  opened the festival with the SWR Symphony Orchestra.