The German conductor Florian Csizmadia belongs to the highly selected group of conductors who combine their art with scholarly research. The artist holds the position of Music Director at the Theater Vorpommern and Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern (Philharmonic Orchestra of Western Pomerania), both located in the cities of Stralsund and Greifswald (Germany). The researcher is the author of significant works of music history and performance practice.
Past operatic productions at the Theater Vorpommern included Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Bizet’s Carmen, Gounod’s Faust, Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, La Traviata and Il Trovatore, Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème, a highly acclaimed production of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Handel’s Alcina and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In the 2023/2024 season, new productions of Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus and Mozart’s Idomeneo will be added to the programme.
Equally at home in the concert hall, Florian Csizmadia conducted in recent years a broad repertoire of music ranging from the 17th to the 21st century and continues to expand his repertoire further. He considers the symphonic works of the Austro-Germanic tradition as central to his activities. Another focus lies on the works of British composers and especially on the music of Edward Elgar which he promotes regularly in his concerts. In 2018 he conducted a series of performances of Britten’s War Requiem with joint forces from Germany, Poland and Lithuania with performances in all three countries.
The programmation for the concert season 2023/2024 ranges from Georg Friedrich Handel to Peter Eötvös and Kalevi Aho. The Sibelius cycle, the performance of all orchestral works by Jean Sibelius over several seasons, will also be continued. Guest engagements will lead him to the Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie and to the Gerhart Hauptmann-Theater Görlitz-Zittau. In January 2024, he will give his debut in Spain with the Philharmonic Orchestra Málaga.
Prior to his tenure at the Theater Vorpommern Florian Csizmadia served as Principal Conductor (Kapellmeister) to the Staatstheater Mainz. He started his professional career at the Hamburg State Opera where he was for ten seasons Chorus Master and staff conductor and where he collaborated with and assisted many important conductors of our time.
Born in Mannheim (Germany) in 1976, Florian Csizmadia studied conducting and piano at the Musikhochschule Dresden and musicology at the University of Hamburg.
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A highly inspired General Music Director Florian Csizmadia was able to elicit a style of music-making from his Philharmonic Orchestra that was as precise as it was very lively.
Handel, The Messiah – Ostseezeitung, April 2022
Er liegt dem mit einer Arbeit über Elgar promovierten Generalmusikdirektor sichtlich, der noble, gefühlsintensiv beschwörende, sangliche, aber auch zupackende romantische Ton des großen, voluminöse Klanglichkeit liebenden Engländers (…). Ein Elgar zum Verlieben!
Ostsee-Zeitung Januar 2019
…wahrlich grandios und mit unerhörter Intensität… Ein denkwürdiger Abend! (Britten: War Requiem)
Ostsee-Zeitung, Oktober 2018