BiographyBorn in Vienna, Stefan Vladar is one of Austria's most remarkable musical personalities. He regularly performs as a conductor and pianist in music centers throughout Europe, America and Asia. In the 2015 / 16 season, the Vienna Concert House celebrates his 50th birthday with a series of 13 concerts in which he presents his diverse artistic scope as a soloist, conductor, accompanist and chamber musician.
Stefan Vladar Was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in 2008. In the 2015 / 16 season, he conducted the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Bankok Symphony Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow. As a concert pianist, he performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague and the Southwest German Philharmonic Konstanz, and gave solo recitals in Vienna, Zagreb, Munich and Budapest, among others.
In autumn 2015, the Austrian label CAPRICCIO starts a close partnership with Stefan Vladar and releases a CD with solo piano compositions by Maurice Ravel. In 2016, a 4 CD-Box with the complete recording of Beethoven's solo concertos - 5 piano concertos, triple concerto, violin concerto and 2 violin romances - followed, featuring Stefan Vladar performing as a pianist and conducting his Vienna Chamber Orchestra. In addition, a recording of Schubert's three major song cycles is currently being prepared with Bo Skovhus.
Stefan Vladar was a student of Hans Petermandl at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 1985 he won the 1st prize of the prestigious International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna. Since then, he has performed under the baton of composers such as Claudio Abbado, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladimir Fedosejev, Christopher Hogwood, Louis Langrée, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle and Christian Thielemann in appearances with numerous orchestras such as Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Bavarian State Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich.
Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Residence Orchestra The Hague, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, Stuttgart Philharmonic, RSO Budapest, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the chamber orchestra of Basel, Cologne , Prague and Zurich, among others. Tzimon Barto, Janine Jansen, Isabelle van Keulen, Viktoria Mullova, Julian Rachlin, Heinrich Schiff and with singers such as Ian Bostridge, Johan Botha, Jonas Kaufmann, Angelika Kirchschlager, Thomas Quasthoff, Ramon Vargas and Pretty Yende. Stefan has a close long-term musical cooperation with the baritone Bo Skovhus.
Stefan Vladar has been guest artist of the Salzburg Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Music Festival Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Ludwigsburg Castle Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Piano Festival Ruhr, Schwetzing SWR Festival and the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Bergen, Bogotá , Edinburgh, Gstaad, Hong Kong, Osaka as well as the Opéra Bastille Paris and the Musikverein Vienna. Hey what "Artist in residence" of the Lake Constance Festival and the Duisburg Philharmonic. Since almost 20 years he has been Artistic Director of the "Neuberger Kulturtage".
Vladar's discography includes more than nineteen releases for labels such as harmonia mundi and Sony Classical, documenting his work as a pianist and as a conductor with works by Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Prokofiev and Scriabin.