Florian Krumpöck - Pianist & Conductor
Celebrated as soloist and conductor alike, Florian Krumpöck proves himself as an exceptional phenomenon on international classical music scenes. In 2011, he was appointed one of the youngest music directors in Germany. As such, he masters an enormous range of opera, symphonic, and piano repertoire. He especially knows to captivate audiences in his dual role of soloist and conductor.
„Forget Lang Lang and Arcadi Volodos. There are highly virtuoso piano masters in Austria, too.“ That is how Austrian newspaper „Die Presse“ reviewed the solo debut of the pianist at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.
From an early age, the son of a cellist and an art historian was taught by some of the leading pianists of our time, such as Rudolf Buchbinder, Gerhard Oppitz and Elisabeth Leonskaya. None other than Daniel Barenboim himself praised him as „wonderful pianist“ after an audition, thus paving the way to a promising international career.
Sensational reviews on his debut in the Tonhalle Zurich with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev led to invitations for performances in major European music centers, including Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Zurich and Moscow, as well as in Israel, the United States, in China and in South Korea. Highly acclaimed solo recitals at international festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Bregenz Festival, the Musiksommer Bad Kissingen, the Bach Festival in Leipzig, the Music Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Wiener Klangbogen, furthered his career.
Sir Peter Ustinov introduced the young musician at an early stage to a wide audience.
Florian Krumpöck regularly gives guest performances as a soloist in major concert halls such as the Wiener Musikverein, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg or in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and among his projects, he counts several performances of the 32 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven as complete cycles.
The German piano manufacturer Blüthner provides him with his own grand piano that he takes along on tour and for recordings.
At the suggestion of his mentor Daniel Barenboim, Florian Krumpöck expanded his repertoire to include numerous symphonic works and operas and got increasingly engaged in conducting.
2006 marked his conducting debut with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, a stand-in performance that made international waves. He was subsequently appointed chief conductor of the Sinfonietta Baden.
In 2007, he conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington as part of a New Year's concert with great success, which led to an engagement at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where he worked with the former director of the Vienna Burgtheater, Matthias Hartmann.
In 2011, Florian Krumpöck was appointed general music director of concert and opera at the Volkstheater Rostock and chief conductor of the Norddeutsche Philharmonie. As one of the youngest general music directors in Germany, he conducted the Norddeutsche Philharmonie in numerous musical theater premieres and symphony concerts, including a Mahler cycle, a Beethoven marathon of all nine symphonies on four consecutive days, and several concerts as conductor-soloist.
In 2012, the Symphony Orchestra Liechtenstein elected him as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Over the next three years, he was the driving force behind the highly successful artistic reorganization of the orchestra, which advanced to become the most important cultural ambassador of the country during that time. The artistic rise of the orchestra shows in collaborations with some of the most important soloists of our time, as well as the fact that the concert series were sold out by subscriptions alone.
The Norddeutsche Philharmonie wished to extend Florian Krumpöck's contract but he opted to devote more time to guest appearances. He subsequently made his debut at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, conducting the two open-air opening concerts of the Royal Danish Orchestra, as well as a Rosenkavalier production in the staging of Marco Arturo Marelli.
Florian Krumpöck has conducted important orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony in the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, the Royal Danish Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchester Linz , the Staatskapelle Halle, the Nuremberg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Kiel, Würzburg, Hagen, Oldenburg, Bremerhaven, Neubrandenburg and Trier, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra and numerous orchestras in China and South Korea. In 2012, he also led the premiere of Rigoletto at the opera festival in Gars am Kamp.
Last season, Florian Krumpöck conducted guest performances of the Norddeutsche Philharmonie at the Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg, as well as a live concert transmitted by Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich with the Symphony Orchestra Liechtenstein. He also conducted the traditional New Year's concert in the Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the first time.
In June 2015, Florian Krumpöck led the Bruckner Orchestra Linz in the Klassik am Dom-Gala, with soloists Angelika Kirchschlager and Michael Schade. The project brought spectacular reviews, thus laying the foundation for a close cooperation with UNIVERSAL in the future.
This season marks Florian Krumpöck's sixth season as artistic director of the Blüthner concert cycle in Vienna in a row.
Furthermore, Florian Krumpöck was appointed director of the traditional Kultur.Sommer.Semmering festival in Lower Austria in 2015.
Numerous CD recordings as soloist and conductor, radio broadcasts and a number of television portraits document the varied work of the artist.