David Danzmayr


Appears on: Brahms’ First Symphony

Born in Austria and an artist of the world, David Danzmayr is quickly emerging as one of the most gifted, individual, imaginative, and profoundly thrilling young conductors of our time. He currently serves as Chief Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in Croatia, where he was personally appointed to that post by the orchestra’s former music director, Dmitri Kitaenko, two seasons ago. In that time, Danzmayr has already brought his Zagreb musicians to several highly praised appearances in Vienna and Salzburg and will lead several major tours of Europe with Zagreb in the coming seasons.

Danzmayr also serves as the music director of the creative and unique Pro Music Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, oh. Here, he regularly commissions world-renowned composer/performers to appear in the first performances of their new works alongside the great classics of Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Brahms, and others – a mission which extends the creative spirit of those iconic composers and places the core repertoire in a modern context.

Previously, Danzmayr served as music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in Chicago, where he was lauded regularly by both The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Classical Review for the performances. In Illinois, his commitment to living American composers was evident by his artistic promise to program one American work on every single program he conducted there during his tenure.

David has earned prizes from some of the world´s most prestigious conducting competitions, including second prize at the International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, and was a finalist at the International Malko Conducting Competition. For his extraordinary success as a young Austrian, he has been awarded the Bernhard Paumgartner Medal by the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum.

Still new to the international conducting scene, Danzmayr has quickly become a sought-after guest conductor for orchestras around the globe, having led the Vienna Radio, Stuttgart Radio, City of Birmingham, Hamburg, Basel, Bamberg, Odense, and Iceland symphonies, as well as the Essen Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra, Zuid Nederland Philharmonic, and others. In North America, his talents have propelled him to the finest of U.S. and Canadian Orchestras in a very short time, where he has already conducted the likes of the Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Vancouver, San Diego, Colorado, Pacific, New Jersey, and Indianapolis symphonies, just to name a few.

He will make major debuts this season with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, and Grant Park Festival Orchestra Chicago.

He has served as assistant conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Stephane Denever, where he conducted over 70 concerts performing in all the major Scottish concert halls and in the prestigious Orkney-based St. Magnus Festival.

Danzmayr received his musical training at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg initially studying piano, and then as a young conductor in the class of Dennis Russell Davies.

His musical tutelage was formed by Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado during his time as conducting fellow for the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and through his extensive study under Leif Segerstam in the prestigious conducting class of the Sibelius Academy, Finland.