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Gregor A. Mayrhofer, who was born in 1987, studied composition, conducting, and ear training in his native Munich (with Jan Müller-Wieland), Paris (with Frédéric Durieux), and Düsseldorf (with Manfred Trojahn and Rüdiger Bohn), graduating from the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied conducting with Alan Gilbert. Other teachers who have influenced him artistically are Bernard Haitink, Fabio Luisi, Peter Eötvös, and James Ross. Since 2015 Mayrhofer has served as Assistant Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain, with which he debuted in May 2016 at the Paris Philharmonie (substituting on short notice for Pablo Heras-Casado); in 2017 he performed with the Ensemble at the Philharmonie in Cologne. His concerts as a conductor, pianist, and composer have taken him across Europe and to the United States and Russia, as well as to Opera Mauritius, where he conducted Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2013 and Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers in 2015. Mayrhofer has collaborated with such ensembles as the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the Munich Symphony, the International Ensemble Modern Academy, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. His works have been commissioned by the Bavarian Staatsoper and Staatsoper Hanover, Bavarian Radio, the Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Scharoun Ensemble, and others. In 2013 he founded the NRW German National Academic Foundation Orchestra. Gregor A. Mayrhofer has garnered the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Tassilo Culture Prize, the Charles Schiff Conducting Award, and the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, and he received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL on 26 August 2016, conducting musicians of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI in a Late Night event featuring works by Olga Neuwirth.