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Peter Ruzicka

Peter Ruzicka was born in Düsseldorf in 1948 and received his early musical training (piano, oboe and composition) at the Hamburg Conservatory. The list of his compositions includes numerous orchestral and chamber works as well as the operas Celan, premiered in Dresden in 2001, and Hoelderlin, premiered at the Berlin State Opera in 2008. Ruzicka was appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in 1990, and is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and of the Free Academy of Arts in Hamburg.

Ruzicka was artistic director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1987 and director of the Hamburg State Opera and the State Philharmonic Orchestra from 1988 to 1997. From 1997 to 1999 he was Artistic Advisor to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and in 1999 was named President of the Bavarian Theatre Academy. From 2001 to 2006 Ruzicka took over the Artistic Directorship of the Salzburg Festival. Until 2014 he was artistic director of the Munich Biennale having succeeded Hans Werner Henze in 1996. Since 2015 he has served as intendant of the Salzburg Easter Festival.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include the premiere of his opera Benjamin at the Hamburg State Opera, as well as concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
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