IMG Artists is delighted to welcome conductor Alexander Liebreich to its roster for General Management. He will be represented worldwide by Senior Vice President Thomas Walton from the IMG Artists London office.
Music Director of the Orquestra de Valencia and Artistic Advisor of the Palau de la Musica Valencia from the 2022/23 season, the distinguished German conductor Alexander Liebreich has also been President of the Richard-Strauss-Gesellschaft and Artistic Director of the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen since 2018, following Wolfgang Sawallisch and Brigitte Fassbaender in this position. He has previously held the positions of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (2018-2022), Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) (2012-2019 season, and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra (2006–2016).
On 18 October 2023 he conducts the opening concert in the new Palau de la Musica in Valencia, the home of his orchestra, following several years of renovation, welcoming audience back into this much-loved venue with a programme of de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain with pianist Javier Perianes, and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. This week, he makes his debut with the MDR-Sinfonieorchester and MDR-Rundfunkchor in Leipzig, opening the 100th anniversary season of the MDR’s musical ensembles with a programme culminating in Frank Martin’s rarely heard cantata In Terra Pax. The 23/24 season also sees him bringing signature symphonic and choral repertoire to the Orquestra de Valencia, including Schubert’s 9th, Schumann’s 3rd and Mahler’s 5th symphonies, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Die Schopfung, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe, and a concert performance of Strauss’s Salome, and he returns to the Taipei Symphony, Antwerp Symphony, Nagoya Symphony, and the Japan and Brno Philharmonic Orchestras, in repertoire ranging from John Adams, Beethoven and Janacek to Gubaidulina and Weinberg.
His extensive career has seen him as guest conductor with many prestigious orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Dresden Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich. Recent and upcoming highlights include debuts at the Grafenegg Festival, George Enescu Festival, La Folle Journée in Warsaw, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, He regularly performs with distinguished soloists such as Lisa Batiashvili, Veronika Eberle, Krystian Zimerman, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Gautier Capuçon, Alban Gerhardt, Leila Josefowicz, and Isabelle Faust. On the opera stage his repertoire has included Enescu’s Oedipe and Otmar Schoeck’s Penthisilea for Oper Frankfurt, Massenet’s Cendrillon at the Grand-Théâtre du Luxembourg, and Madama Butterfly for the Netherlands Reisopera.
Thomas Walton said, “I have long admired Alexander’s natural musicianship and elegant artistry, his expertise across a wide range of repertoire from the baroque to the present day, and his collaborative rapport with orchestral musicians and soloists alike. It is a great pleasure to welcome him to IMG Artists, and I look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration!”
Photo credit: Sammy Hart