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"HEIKO MATHIAS FÖRSTER, conductor (director)
Mezzosopran (Mezzosoprano)"

"""I: Mahler / Symphony N° 1 (50‘)
II: Dvorak / Symphony N° 6 (45‘)
III: Dvorak / Carnival-ouverture (9‘) + Dvorak / Symphony N° 7 (36‘)
IV: Janacek / From the house of the dead (22‘) + Mahler / Song of a wayfarer (18‘)"""

"Janáček Philharmonic is a world-class symphony orchestra based in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Comprising around a hundred first-rate musicians it is known for the unique softness of its strings and tight brass ensemble. Mr Heiko Mathias Förster has held the position of Artistic Director since 2014.

Raising from a Radio Orchestra founded in the mid-wars period when Paul Hindemith, Leoš Janáček, Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky frequently visited Ostrava, a big symphony orchestra was launched in 1954. Thanks to demanding artistic direction it soon became one of the leading Czech orchestras and started to tour abroad only two years later (1956). Many world-known conductors and soloist made their artistic attribution to the orchestra since then.

Heiko Mathias Förster became Principal Conductor of the Brandenburg Theatre at the age of 23. Later he took the position as Chiefconductor of Munich Symphony Orchestra. After seven years as the General Music Director in Westphalia he became the Chief Conductor and Music Director of Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava in 2014.

As a guest conductor, he performed with orchestras all over the world, including the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Tonkünstler Orchester, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, Orchestre Colonne Paris, Orquestra Sinfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Macao Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, or Orquestra Sinfonica de Santiago de Chile and many others.

Maestro Förster has initiated and led many special projects, such as Wagner’s Ring In One Night, directed by Vicco von Bülow and world premiere of Dvořák’s first opera ‘Alfred’; live recording of that performance won the title ‘Recording of the Month’ by Musicweb International.

Apart from concerts with world-famous instrumentalists such as Boris Berezovsky, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Misha Maisky or Julian Rachlin he conducted opera-gala concerts with many stars: Rolando Villazón, Elina Garanca, Angela Gheorghiu, José Cura and Joseph Calleja. With his orchestras he recorded CDs for Universal Music, Sony Music, Brilliant Classics and other labels, and he toured most of the world, including the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, Japan or China."


Recent engagements of Austrian mezzosoprano included Bruckner’s Mass fa-minor in Vienna, Fricka in Rheingold and Walküre as well as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde on the occasion of the Chinese premiere of these works in Shanghai and Hongkong with Gustav Kuhn conducting and Mahler 2 with Orchestre National de Lille under the direction of Jean-Claude Casadesus. She sang a recital with songs by Berg, Schreker and Zemlinsky at Brucknerfest Linz, Mahler‘s 3rd Symphony at Theater Hagen, Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel at Oper Graz, Mahler‘s 2nd Symphony in Straßburg under Marko Letonja, Beethoven‘s 9th Symphony in Kopenhagen under Adam Fischer and her roledebut as Fricka in Rheingold and Walküre at Tyrolean Festival Erl.

Hermine Haselböck has collaborated with conductors such as Bertrand de Billy, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Manfred Honeck, Gustav Kuhn, Fabio Luisi, Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Franz Welser-Möst, Jaap van Zweden and orchestras such as the Orchestra dell‘Accadamia Nazionale die Santa Cecilia, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Residence Orchestra Den Haag, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Wiener Symphoniker, RSO Wien, Wiener Akademie, Camerata Salzburg and the Dresdner Philharmonie.

Her opera roles include Hänsel (Volksoper Vienna), Dorabella (Concertgebouw Amsterdam), Ramiro (New National Opera Tokyo), 2nd Lady (Theater an der Wien and Grand Theatre de la Ville Luxembourg), Mercedes (Styriarte), Ernesto (Brucknerhaus Linz), 3. Magd (Festival Baden-Baden), Magdalene (Tiroler Festspiele Erl), Flosshilde (Santa Cecilia Roma), Brangäne and Azucena (Tiroler Festspiele Erl).

International recital and concert performances have led her to Carnegie Hall New York, Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Vienna, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Mozarteum Salzburg, Philharmonie im Gasteig Munich, Frauenkirche Dresden, and Teatro San Carlo Naples as well as to festivals such as Wiener Festwochen, KlangBogen Vienna, Gustav Mahler Music Weeks Dobbiaco/Toblach, Bachfest Leipzig, Brucknerfest Linz, Festival Sagra Musicale Umbra - Perugia, Kunstfest Weimar, MDR Musiksommer Leipzig and the Haydnfestival Eisenstadt.

Her discography includes recordings of Beethoven, Donizetti and Schubert, but especially prize awarded recordings of songs by Mahler, Zemlinsky and Schreker.
Mezzo-soprano Hermine Haselböck, born in Melk, Austria, studied at the University of performing Arts in Vienna as well as the Hochschule für Musik Detmold."