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Faculty

Ernst Theis

Artistic Research

Vice Rector for Research and Quality Assurance

Qualifications

  • Studies at the University of Music & Performing Arts Vienna (mdw)
  • 1986 Magister Artium at the Institute for Sociology of Music (mdw) 
  • 2019 Doctor of Philosophy at the Institute for Sociology of Music (mdw) 

Work Experience

  • 1985 - 1996 Head of a class of the central artistic subject Classical Percussion at the Conservatory of the City of Vienna
  • 1991 - 2003 artistic director and managing director of the Austrian Chamber Symphony Orchestra
  • 1996 - 2005 Head of the department for wind and percussion instruments and participation in the preparatory work for the accreditation of the Conservatory as a private university
  • 1996 - 2009 Head of the Modern Practical Course at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien later Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität (today Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien)
  • 1996 - 2000 Kapellmeister at the Vienna Volksoper
  • 2003 - 2013 Chief Conductor of the Dresden State Operetta
  • 2005 - 2009 Head of the Department for Wind Instruments and Percussion at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität (today Musik und Kunstuniversität der Stadt Wien) 
  • 2016 - 2021 artistic director and managing director of the festival KLANGBADHALL
  • Since 2021 member of the management team of the JAM MUSIC LAB Private University Vienna
  • Since 2021 Member of the team of Synchron Stage Vienna
  • Since 2022 Vice Rector for Research and Quality Management at JAM MUSIC LAB Private University Vienna

Concerts & Performances

  • Ernst Theis has made guest appearances with many international orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of the German Opera Berlin, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, many German radio orchestras or orchestras such as the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the Brandenburg State Orchestra, the Rhineland-Palatinate State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Osaka Symphony Orchestra, the Shen Zhen Symphony Orchestra and many others. (Details at www.ernsttheis.com/Destinationen)

Discography & Awards

  • 1996 Winner of the Conducting Competition at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses (chaired by Peter Eötvös)
  • As Artistic Director of the Austrian Chamber Symphony, he presented 7 CDs. Four of them were dedicated to modern classical music and contemporary Austrian music, three to Viennese classical music by presenting a 3-CD recording of all piano concertos by Joseph Haydn
  • Other recording concepts with several theme-related recordings: RadioMusiken Vol. I-III, The Unknown Johann Strauss, The German Offenbach, Well-known Unknown Composers, and more. (details at www.ernsttheis.com/Diskographie)