Martin Haselböck

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Martin Haselböck – Music Director and Organ / Reverend Lee Dunklewood

The Austrian conductor Martin Haselböck hails from a famous family of musicians.
Following his studies in Vienna and Paris he gained an international reputation as an organ soloist, working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti and many others. Leading composers including Friedrich Cerha, Ernst Krenek, Alfred Schnittke, Cristobal Halffter and Amy Gilbert have written works for Martin Haselböck.

He has released over 50 CDs as a soloist. His recordings as an organist have brought many awards, including the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d’Or and the Hungarian Liszt Prize. As Vienna Court Organist, Martin Haselböck’s immersion in the great repertoire of classical church music inspired him to establish the period-instrument at the Orchester Wiener Akademie.

In 2014 Martin Haselböck established an important new concert series in Vienna, RESOUND Beethoven, performing the composer’s symphonies and other orchestral works with Orchester Wiener Akademie in the historical Vienna venues of their earliest performances. The series has become an enormous success and including a recording of Beethoven’s music to Goethe’s Egmont, featuring the actor John Malkovich as narrator in a new English version by Christopher Hampton.

Martin Haselböck now enjoys a busy career as a guest conductor with the world’s leading orchestras in Europe, Asia and North and South America. He has recently made debut appearances with the Vancouver Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic and the Ulster Orchestra. With the American actor John Malkovich and Austrian director Michael Sturminger, Martin Haselböck developed the theatre-music drama “The Infernal Comedy”. The work has achieved extraordinary success, receiving over 100 international performances. The trio reunited for the chamber-opera play “The Giacomo Variations” in 2011. Martin Haselböck was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, and, with Orchester Wiener Akademie, the 2011 and 2012 Hungarian Liszt Prize.

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