Heinz Wallberg

Biography

Born: March 16, 1923  
Heinz Wallberg is a well-known conductor in Germany and Austria.

As a child he studied trumpet, violin, and piano. He studied in the conservatories of Dortmund and Cologne. After graduation, he was accepted as both a violinist and trumpeter in the Cologne and Darmstadt orchestra.

Deciding to become a conductor, he made his earliest appearances in that capacity with several local and regional orchestras, including those of Münster,
Read more Trier, and Hagen. In 1954 he became Music Director in Augsburg and, in 1955, as Principal Music Director in Bremen.

He was Principal Music Director in Wiesbaden in 1960 to 1974. At the same time he was the conductor of the Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra in Vienna (1964 - 1974). In 1975 he became the Principal conductor of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra (until 1982) and of the Essen Philharmonic (lasting through 1991).

Since 1991 he had guest conducted widely in Japan, France, Britain, Germany, Austria, Finland, and elsewhere, as well as in the major festivals of Salzburg, Munich, Vienna, Florence, Barcelona, Prague and others.

He is a frequent conductor at the Vienna State Opera, where he has led over 450 performances. His recording of Weinberger's opera Schwanda the Bagpipe Player was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1982. He conducted the premiere, in 1976 of Werner Egk's opera Die Versuchnung des Heiligen Antonius and Rudolf Wagner-Régeny's opera Das Bergwerk zu Falun.

He has taken the NHK Symphony of Tokyo, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra on major tours. He is a recipient of the Grand Cross for Distinguished Service in Germany and the Cross of Distinction for Art and Science, First Class, of Austria, and the Bruckner Medal. Read less
Weinberger: Schwanda The Bagpiper / Popp, Prey, Wallberg
Release Date: 04/16/2008   Label: Cbs Masterworks  
Catalog: 36926   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Abduction From The Seraglio / Wallberg, Gruberová
Release Date: 08/30/1997   Label: Eurodisc  
Catalog: 7792   Number of Discs: 2
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Egk: Peer Gynt / Wallberg, Hermann, Et Al
Release Date: 04/04/1995   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 5822   Number of Discs: 2
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Donizetti: Don Pasquale / Wallberg, Popp, Araiza, Weikl
Release Date: 06/19/2014   Label: Eurodisc  
Catalog: 7790   Number of Discs: 2
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Flotow: Martha / Wallberg, Popp, Jerusalem, Soffel, Nimsgern
Release Date: 04/24/2012   Label: Eurodisc  
Catalog: 7789   Number of Discs: 2
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