Artists biographies
David Stern

David Stern is a born communicator. Whether conducting a major symphony orchestra, baroque opera, teaching vocal master classes or defending cultural activities, Stern keeps his musicians, students and audiences riveted by sharing his strong musical convictions, his flexibility of approach and his belief that music is relevant and indeed essential in today's world. He is the founder and director of the Paris-based opera studio and period-instrument ensemble Opera Fuoco, as well as artistic adviser of the Shanghai Baroque Festival and director of opera at the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado. In 2015 he was appointed Chief Conductor of Palm Beach Opera.

Stern is known for his eclectic range of repertoire. As former music director of the Israeli Opera and the theatre St. Gallen, he championed 18th century opera and eclectic contemporary works.

David Stern is regularly invited to the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, the China Philharmonic and the New Russian Symphony in Moscow; most recently he has appeared with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony. He has often performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Lucerne Festival and at the Vienna Konzerthaus. Before creating his own period-instrument ensemble, David Stern was regular guest with Concerto Köln and the Basel Chamber Orchestra.

Highlights of the 2016/2017 season are various projects with Opera Fuoco as well as opera productions with Crested Butte Music Festival (’L'ile de Tulipata’, ’Gianni Schicchi’, ’Cosi Fanciulli’), with Edmonton Opera (’Turandot ’), Palm Beach Opera (’Madame Butterfly’, ’Pirates of Penzance’) and with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (’Don Giovanni’, concertante). Return engagements with symphonic repertoire will include NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Philharmonie Südwestfalen and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.

Foto: Tom Watson Foto: Tom Watson

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017