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Respected by musicians the world over as a hugely gifted conductor and for his instinctive musicianship, Claus Peter Flor continues as Music Director of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr Flor continues to work internationally at a high level and highlights of this season include his return to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Residentie Orkest, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi di Milano and the Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra among others.   This season, he returns to the Vienna Symphony for concerts at the Bregenz Festival in addition. As an opera conductor, Mr Flor continues his relationship with Theatre du Capitole Toulouse. Last season he conducted a revival of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and he will return in the following seasons for two further productions. In 2010 Mr Flor conducted the revival of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Toulouse – a production he premiered in there in 2007 as part of a Mozart cycle. This season, Mr Flor will also return to Opera National de Paris for a new production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Previous operatic collaborations include the production of Wagner’s Siegfried, directed by David McVicar, with Strasbourg Opera in 2008 and other productions

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Respected by musicians the world over as a hugely gifted conductor and for his instinctive musicianship, Claus Peter Flor continues as Music Director of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr Flor continues to work internationally at a high level and highlights of this season include his return to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Residentie Orkest, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi di Milano and the Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra among others.   This season, he returns to the Vienna Symphony for concerts at the Bregenz Festival in addition.

As an opera conductor, Mr Flor continues his relationship with Theatre du Capitole Toulouse. Last season he conducted a revival of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and he will return in the following seasons for two further productions. In 2010 Mr Flor conducted the revival of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Toulouse – a production he premiered in there in 2007 as part of a Mozart cycle. This season, Mr Flor will also return to Opera National de Paris for a new production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Previous operatic collaborations include the production of Wagner’s Siegfried, directed by David McVicar, with Strasbourg Opera in 2008 and other productions with the Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, and Cologne opera houses. He has conducted Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger at La Monnaie in Brussels, taking the latter on tour to Tokyo, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Houston Grand Opera, Weber’s Euryanthe for Netherlands Opera with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Puccini’s La Bohème for Dallas Opera.

Maestro Flor has a large discography, including an acclaimed series of Mendelssohn recordings with the Bamberg Symphony, which have recently been re-issued by Sony/BMG. Most recently he has made three recordings with the Malaysian Philharmonic for BIS label; Suk’s Asrael Symphony released in 2009 and Dvorak’s Symphonies No.7 and 8 released in 2012. 

Born in Leipzig in 1953, Mr Flor began his musical career with violin tuition in Weimar and Leipzig, before focusing on conducting with Rolf Reuter and later on with both Rafael Kubelik and Kurt Sanderling. At the age of 31 he became General Music Director of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and also began regular associations at this time with the other major German orchestras: the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Dresden Staatskapelle. In 1988 he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he has since returned twice.

Prior to his position as Music Director of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr Flor held the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (2003-08) at the personal invitation of their Music Director Riccardo Chailly, with a remit to develop the orchestra’s work in the central European repertoire. From 1999-2008 he was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra (1991-4) and Artistic Advisor to the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra (1991-96).

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Reviews

"Flor worked his magic right from the start. Who knew that muted horns could play so softly as in the opening of Dvorák's rarely performed tone poem The Wild Dove? (No one gets more nuances of supercharged pianissimos than Flor.)"

The Dallas Morning News by Scott Cantrell

"… both Othello and The Wood Dove are stunning. Indeed, this is hands down the most exciting performance of the former yet committed to disc, bar none. Hearing this performance, you will be stunned that this thrilling, dramatic work remains one of the most neglected of all Dvorák’s late masterpieces. The Wood Dove is every bit as brilliant: gaunt and grim in the funeral march that brackets the lilting wedding scene, and crushing in the subsequent suicide music."

www.classicstoday.com by David Hurwitz

"All of these performers are under the musical direction of the Austrian Claus Peter Flor, who departs from the repertoire of Mozart and Mendelssohn with which he is familiar to capture this Puccini score... This is certainly a wonderful production that was not ashamed to face the other productions and brought great credit to the pink city. Go to see it without the slightest hesitation."

www.actutoulouse.fr

"Restored to sophistication, the orchestration takes, through the impulses and the choice of [Claus Peter Flor], a life and a fullness in which the action and drama in every moment receives its just emphasis, without sentimentality or pathos, with the result that, by the end of the tragedy, we find ourselves, despite the misfortune of heroin, filled with happiness and gratitude."

www.forumopera.com

"Flor ensured a musical experience that was both intellectually and emotionally electrifying...Especially notable was Flor's grasp of timing and forward motion. Even in the work's most tender and somber moments, the maestro maintained an energetic momentum that made for an active listening experience...It was Flor's artistic imagination and intensity that pervaded and underscored the success of the program as a whole."

The Denver Post by Sabine Kortals

"A miraculous collaboration. The other contribution to the success, the German conductor Claus Peter Flor who shone a virtue that is lost in lyrical theatre: Do not cover the singers and let them become inaudible especially in a piece of work that the text dominates. The collaboration of orchestral textures he has woven throughout this moment in time, with all the miraculous flow of phrasing are moments of pure theatrical grace"

Le Quotidien du Medecin by Olivier Brunel

"At the podium, Claus Peter Flor has inspired musicians to play fiery and dramatic, in moderate tempos."

Rhinneckar Zeitung by Rüdiger Ost

"And under the baton of Claus Peter Flor, the Strasbourg Philharmonic is at home in the pit, giving a lot of transparency in the musical fabric of the marathon production, masterfully led by the director."

DNA by Marc Munch

"It is rare to hear the score of Siegfried (conducted by Claus Peter Flor) with a transparent chamber music feel and with such excellence of Thursday's performance"

Die Rheinpfalz by Dagmar Gilcher

"...this recording (Dvorak Symphony No. 9) is excellent. Claus Peter Flor attacks with music with passion and spontaneity."

ClassicsToday.com by David Hurwitz

"Peter Flor revisits each of these (Dvorak) symphonies with the same intelligence, the same fullness of singing and the same expressiveness height...a must-buy CD!"

Classics Today France by Sylvain Gasser

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Discography