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Ernst Theis

Artistic Research


  • 1983 Diploma for percussion instruments at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
  • 1984 state teaching qualification for percussion instruments at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
  • 2019 Doctor of Philisophy Music Science at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Work Experience

  • 1991-2003 artistic director and general manager at the Austrian Chamber Symphony
  • 1996 - 2000 Kapellmeister at the Vienna Volksoper
  • 2003 - 2013 Chief Conductor of the Dresden State Operetta
  • Since 2016 artistic director and managing director of the festival KLANGBADHALL
  • Since 2021 member of the management team of the JAM MUSIC LAB PRIVATE UNIVERSITY
  • Since 2021 member of the Synchron Stage Vienna team

Concerts & Performances

  • Artistic activities as a freelance conductor for St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, Symphony Orchestra Basel, Munich Radio Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music Berlin, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra (JP), St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, United European Chamber Orchestra in Milano, and many others.
  • Guest performances in USA, Japan, China, Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain, Romania, Festival Wien Modern, Carinthian Summer, Bregenz Festival, Wörthersee Classics, Brucknerfest Linz, etc.

Discography & Awards

  • 1996 winner of the International Summer Courses Darmstadt under the chairmanship of Peter Eötvös
  • Recordings presented as Artistic Director of the Austrian Chamber Symphony: Classical Modern for the German label Kantate-musicaphon/cpo
  • World's only complete recording of all piano concertos by Joseph Haydn for the German label ARTS MUSIC
  • Recordings presented or planned as guest conductor with various orchestras: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra Bratislava - Project Contemporary Music, Munich Radio Orchestra - Project Eduard Künneke (Label cpo),Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken/Kaiserslautern - Project Oskar Straus Piano Concerto (Label cpo), Munich Radio Orchestra - Emmerich Kálmán: Countess Mariza (Label cpo)
  • Complete recording of the original version of the operetta Die Gräfin Mariza, As chief conductor of the Staatsoperette Dresden presented recordings Projekt RadioMusiken, project Der unbekannte Johann Strauss, for the label cpo, project Der Deutsche Offenbach, for the label cpo