Gabriel Feltz

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Gabriel Feltz (* 1971 in Berlin ) is a German conductor . Since the 2013/2014 season he has been general music director at Theater Dortmund and leads the Dortmund Philharmonic .

Life and engagements

Gabriel Feltz studied at the "Hanns Eisler" Academy of Music in Berlin and completed his studies in conducting and piano in 1994. First assistant to Gerd Albrecht at the Hamburg State Opera , then his first engagements took him to the Lübeck Municipal Theaters (1995–1997) and the Bremen Theater (1997–2000). From 1996 to 1997 he also directed the Harvestehuder Sinfonieorchester Hamburg . 2000-2005 he held the office of GMD of the Theater & Philharmonie Thuringia in Gera / Altenburg. Feltz has already conducted the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin , the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Munich) as part of the ARD International Music Competition 2003, the Bavarian State Orchestra , the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Rundfunkorchester Cologne , the Frankfurt Opern and museum orchestras , the Staatskapelle Weimar , the Essen Philharmonic , the Konzerthausorchester Berlin (formerly the Berlin Symphony Orchestra), the Beethoven Orchester Bonn , the Bremen Philharmonic , the Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin , the Dresden Philharmonic , the RIAS Youth Orchestra Berlin , the Bamberg Symphony in productions for the Bavarian Radio Munich and the orchestra of the Flemish Opera Antwerp .

In 2000/2001 Feltz directed the new production of Luigi Nono's “Intolleranza” at Theater Bremen, directed by Johann Kresnik . In March 1999 he made his debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich with a ballet performance and has since been a regular guest there, again in July 2006. In October 2004 Feltz made his successful debut with the Staatskapelle Dresden in the Semperoper , in January / February 2005 he was for a production of Bayerischer Rundfunk München again at the podium of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra . He also conducted the Philharmonic State Orchestra Halle on a guest tour to Switzerland with concerts in Geneva’s Victoria Hall and the Tonhalle Zurich .

In the 2005/2006 season he accepted invitations from the Federal Youth Orchestra to tour Germany and to concerts with the Jena Philharmonic and the Mannheim National Theater Orchestra . In 2006/2007 Feltz gave concerts with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra , the Bern Symphony Orchestra , the Philharmonic State Orchestra Mainz , and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the City of Freiburg i. Brsg. , the North German Philharmonic Rostock , the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra and the KBS Symphony Orchestra Seoul . In the 2007/2008 season, Feltz conducted concerts with the Nuremberg Philharmonic , the orchestra of the Hessian State Theater Wiesbaden , the Anhalt Philharmonic in Dessau and was invited by the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra . In 2008/2009 he conducted the resumption of the opera Caligula by Detlev Glanert at the Frankfurt / Main Opera .

From 2004 to 2013 Feltz was chief conductor of the Stuttgart Philharmonic .

Feltz was proposed by the selection committee for the replacement of the GMD post at the Dortmund Philharmonic as successor to Jac van Steens from the 2013/14 season and, by a unanimous decision of the city ​​council in March 2012, appointed to the GMD from the 2013/14 season. In 2014, the contract was extended until 2023.

From the 2017/2018 season he will also be chief conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic .


In 1993 Feltz won first prize in the fourth Berlin conducting course of the Ferenc Fricsay Society .

In 1996 he was selected as one of two “Conducting Fellows” of Tanglewood Music Center and performed there in joint concerts with Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink .

In 1997 he was a finalist in the Bonn Conducting Competition and conducted the final concert of the Beethoven Festival. In 1999 Feltz was awarded the Conductors Forum of the German Music Council.

In February 2007 the “ Foundation Serge Rachmaninoff ” awarded the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of its chief conductor Gabriel Feltz the “Prix Rachmaninoff 2006” in recognition of the most extensive performance cycle of a German orchestra to date with works by Rachmaninoff .


Numerous radio recordings of opera and concert literature testify to Gabriel Feltz's interest in new music .

In autumn 2004, Sony Classical released a CD with works by Prokofiev as a world premiere recording ( NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover). Further recordings include orchestral works by Ottorino Respighi , Josef Suk and Richard Strauss ( Eine Alpensinfonie ) with the Philharmonic Orchestra Altenburg-Gera near Dreyer-Gaido , as well as by Friedrich Witt and Johann Nepomuk Hummel with the Thuringian Chamber Orchestra Weimar with Deutsche Schallplatten .

In autumn 2005 Dreyer-Gaido released a CD of the Stuttgart Philharmonic under the direction of Gabriel Feltz with three different works - Richard Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra , György Ligeti Atmosphères and the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony in C major Jupiter Symphony .

In 2006 a CD followed again under the Dreyer-Gaido label with two works by Rachmaninoff: The Rock and The Isle of the Dead and with Scriabin's Promethée .

In 2010 and 2012 OehmsClassics released the two organ concerts by the Czech composer Petr Eben , with Gunther Rost and the Bamberg Symphony under the direction of Gabriel Feltz.

Web links

Individual evidence

  2. Article on the Dortmund GMD successor at DerWesten
  3. Article in DerWesten on the city council resolution
  4. Gabriel Feltz. Conductor. From:, June 17, 2014, accessed on July 24, 2017