Choir Director of Vienna State Opera / Former Conductor of Vienna Boys Choir (Austria)
Martin Schebesta has been one of the conductors of the Vienna Choir Boys since 1994, leading the choir in several hundred concerts around the world. Concert tours have taken him to Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, to Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, Greece, Lebanon, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, to the U.S.A., Canada and South America. He has especially fond memories of appearances in Vienna’s “Musikverein”, the “Philharmonie” in Berlin, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, London’s Royal Festival Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Tokyo’s Suntory-Hall. Tonight, join in adding Hanover’s Parker Auditorium to this list.
Schebesta has coached the Vienna Choir Boys for productions of the Vienna State Opera with conductors such as Bernhard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Seiji Ozawa. He has appeared with the Choir Boys on radio and on television, and he has prepared the choir for a number of recordings. Trained at Vienna’s “Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst,” Schebesta studied conducting, organ and composition.
Schebesta’s musical interests range from ancient music to contemporary and popular music; he initiates and conducts world premieres, and he arranges music for his own choirs. Most recently, he adapted Yemenite and Caribbean music for a children’s opera, which was performed by the Vienna Choir Boys during the 2004 Asia tour. In addition, Schebesta directs workshops for vocalists and conductors in Austria, and he gives lectures on voice training.