We are delighted to announce the appointment of Thomas Zehetmair as Music Director of Musikkollegium Winterthur from September 2016.
Thomas is thrilled to continue his relationship with the Musikkollegium Winterthur as their Music Director from September 2016. This follows the release last season of Mendelssohn Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5 which he recorded with the orchestra. He joins a prestigious list of great conductors who have been Music Director of the Musikkollegium including Franz Welser-Möst (1987–1990), János Fürst (1990–1994) and Heinrich Schiff (1995–2001). The Musikkollegium is one of the oldest orchestras in Europe, dating back to the 17th century. The orchestra comprises around 50 musicians and focuses on works from the Classical and early Romantic eras up until today.
Thomas Zehetmair is one of today’s most outstanding artistic personalities. As violinist as well as conductor and chamber musician he is highly regarded worldwide and currently holds the position of Artistic Partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, USA. In his position as music director with the Royal Northern Sinfonia from 2002 until 2014 he guided the orchestra into being one of the leading orchestras in the United Kingdom. As “conductor laureate” he will still be connected to the orchestra in the future.
As guest conductor Thomas Zehetmair works with orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra Manchester, the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg (Salzburger Festspiele) and the Zürcher Kammerorchester. As a soloist he is frequently invited to play with the most outstanding orchestras worldwide.
Thomas Zehetmair was honored with the German Record Critics’ Award for his versatile artistic work as soloist, conductor and chamber musician. He was also awarded the “Karl-Böhm Interpretation Award” of the Austrian State Steiermark during a ceremony at Graz Castle; the laudation was presented by Heinz Holliger. Thomas Zehetmair holds honorary doctorates from the Music Academy Franz Liszt in Weimar and Newcastle University, UK.