Stefan Blunier, conductor

In July 2016 Stefan Blunier has conducted a spectacular performance of Pfitzners Von deutscher Seele in Bonn and a singular performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 in Toblach as farewell concerts in his position as General Music Director of Beethoven Orchester Bonn and Bonn Opera. With productions like d’ Albert’s Der Golem and Schreker’s Irrelohe he attracted nationwide attention for the Bonn opera. Both productions are released on CD by Dabringhaus & Grimm and awarded with ECHO 2011 for d’ Alberts Der Golem, the ECHO 2012 plus the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 1/2012” for Schreker’s Irrelohe.

His engagements in 2016/17 include Lohengrin at Oper Frankfurt, a new production of Wozzeck at Grand Théâtre de Genève and the new production of Catalani’s Loreley at Festival St. Gallen. In the course of the season Maestro Blunier will conduct concerts in Leeds, Stuttgart, Kyoto, Bratislava, Budapest and Malmö.

Maestro Blunier opened the season 2015/16 with the new production of Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini at Bonn Opera. Afterwards he conducted a new production of Hoffmanns Erzählungen, directed by Barrie Kosky at Komische Oper Berlin. Concert engagements brought him to Aalborg, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Milano, Glasgow and Brussels a.o. With Beethoven Orchester Bonn he completed the recording of all Beethoven symphonies.

Stefan Blunier conducted the Beethoven Orchester Bonn in important venues, such as the Kölner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg and on tours in China and USA. Meanwhile an impressing discography with recordings of rarely performed works by Anton Bruckner, Franz Liszt and Franz Schmidt documents the successful cooperation of Stefan Blunier and “his” Beethoven Orchester Bonn.

After his highly successfull debut with Daphne at Oper Frankfurt in 2013/14 he was immediately contracted for Tristan und Isolde in the same season and will return in one of the upcoming seasons. He made his debuts as well at Oper Zürich and at De Norske Opera Oslo, where he is re-engaged for Les Contes d’ Hoffmann in 2014/15.

Blunier was guest of nearly all German Rundfunkorchester, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker as well as leading orchestras in Danmark, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and France. Opera engagements let him to the important opera houses in Munich, Hamburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Berlin, Montpellier, Bern, ENO London and Schwetzinger Festspiele.

Swiss conductor Stefan Blunier studied piano, horn, composition and conducting in Bern and at Folkwang Hochschule Essen and isfounder of „Ensemble für Neue Musik Essen“.