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Alexis Hauser

Alexis Hauser

Guest conductor from Canada

Winner of the prestigious Koussevitzky Conducting Prize of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship for Tanglewood 1974, Alexis Hauser was born in Vienna and graduated with distinction from the conducting master class of Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Musikuniversität. He also studied with Franco Ferrara in Siena, Italy, and with Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg.
Since 2001 he has served as Artistic Director of the McGill Symphony Orchestra. Since 2013 he is also Artistic Director of the brand-new Montreal-based orchestra Pronto… Musica!.

Mr. Hauser’s international guest conducting schedule includes the Vienna Symphony, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Minnesota, Rochester, Montreal, Toronto, Mexico City, and Buenos Aires, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Südwestfunk SWR, Hilversum, Budapest, Moscow and Vienna, the Czech Philharmonic, the philharmonics of Belgrade, Zagreb, Bucharest and Ljubljana, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the Tonkünstler Orchestra (Austria), Chicago’s Grant Park Festival, and tours in Italy, Scandinavia, and Iceland. His European opera conducting debut took place in 2005 at the Zürich Opera House, where he conducted the world premiere of the opera Kalkül by Werner Schulze (music) and Carl Djerassi (libretto).

Former posts include Music Director of Orchestra London Canada (1981-1988), Principal Guest Conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic (1991-95), Music Director of KCM Orchestra Tokyo (1995-2000), Principal Conductor of Festival Mozart Romana (1992-1997), and Principal Conductor of Festival Niederösterreich International (1994-1996). Since 1999, he has had a close association with the contemporary music ensemble Wiener Collage (members of Vienna Philharmonic), and since summer 2013, with Les Orphéistes Festival Orchestra in Vienna.

Mr. Hauser’s performances with many world-renowned opera and concert artists include violinists Itzhak Perlman, Ida Haendel, Young‐Uck Kim, pianists Stefan Askenase, Rudolf Buchbinder, Jean‐Philippe Collard, Philippe Entremont, Anton Kuerti, André Laplante, cellists Leonard Rose, David Geringas, Matt Haimovitz, and singers Jane Archibald, Jane Eaglen, Maureen Forrester, Jerry Hadley, Dmitri Pittas, Joseph Rouleau, Michael Schade, Alan Titus.

Mr. Hauser’s special interest in working with young musicians and conductors led to guest professorships and master classes at Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music in New York, Civic Orchestra Chicago, the Kunitachi Music University in Tokyo, Japan, the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, the Music University Graz, Austria, and the International Music Academy “Orpheus” in Vienna, Austria. He has many CD, DVD, TV and radio productions/transmissions to his credit in Europe, Japan and Canada, and more than 100 live programs on YouTube.