David Danzmayr


Appears on: Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody

Described by The Herald as “extremely good, concise, clear, incisive and expressive,” David Danzmayr is widely regarded as one of the most talented and exciting European conductors of his generation.

Danzmayr is chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the first to hold this title in seven years. He and his orchestra have toured to the Salzburg Festspielhaus, where they received standing ovations at the prestigious New Year’s concert, and to the Vienna Musikverein.

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. He has won prizes at some of the world’s most prestigious conducting competitions, including second prize at the International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition and prizes at the International Malko Conducting Competition.

Danzmayr has quickly become a sought-after guest conductor for orchestras around the globe, including the symphonies of Detroit, Colorado, Milwaukee, and New Jersey, and in Europe the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and the radio symphony orchestras of Vienna and Stuttgart, to name a few.

Danzmayr received his musical training at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg where, after initially studying piano, he went on to study conducting in the class of Dennis Russell Davies. He was strongly influenced by Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado in his time as conducting stipendiate of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and by Leif Segerstam in the conducting class of the Sibelius Academy. Subsequently he gained significant experience as assistant to Neeme Järvi, Carlos Kalmar, Sir Andrew Davis, and Pierre Boulez, who entrusted Danzmayr with the preparatory rehearsals for his own music.