Conductors of the Konzerthausorchester

Christoph Eschenbach

Chief Conductor (from 2019/20 season)

Christoph Eschenbach started his international musical career as a pianist. Since 1972 he has conducted some of the world’s most renowned orchestras and was a guest of the most significant opera houses. He has been the musical and artistic director of the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich as well as music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the Philhadelphia Orchestra. Moreover he directed the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington. His versatility and great strive for innovation as a conductor, artistic partner and energetic promoter of young talents earned him worldwide recognition and numerous prizes. From the season 2019/2020 he will be chief conductor of the Konzerthausorchester.

Iván Fischer

Honorary Conductor

The Hungarian Iván Fischer is one of the world's most visionary and successful conductors. In 1983 he founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra of which he is the musical director up until now. From 2012 to 2018 he was Chief Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester. In this time he put into practice many exciting concepts, amongst which were surprise and wish-concerts, composer-marathons and the innovative concert series “Mittendrin”. From the season 2018/19 he will continue his close collaboration with the Konzerthausorchester as its Honorary Conductor.

Juraj Valčuha

Principal Guest Conductor

Juraj Valčuha studied conducting and composition in Bratislava, St. Petersburg and Paris. He made his debut in 2005 with the Orchestre National de France. Many invitations followed from other institutions, amongst others Philharmonia Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Boston Symphony und New York Philharmonic. He was the chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and became Musical Director at Teatro di San Carlo Neaples in 2016. He conducts the Konzerthausorchester since 2014, from season 2017/18 as its Principal Guest Conductor.