|Respected by musicians the world over as a deeply serious musician, and for his instinctive musicality, Claus Peter Flor is steeped in the Central European tradition. Born in Leipzig in 1953, he was taught the violin in Weimar and Leipzig, and subsequently studied conducting with Rolf Reuter, and later on with Kubelik and Kurt Sanderling. At the age of 31 he became General Music Director of the Berlin Symphony, also conducting the other major (East-)German orchestras: Leipzig Gewandhaus and Dresden Staatskapelle. In 1988 he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he has returned twice. From 1991-4 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, held the same position alongside that of Artistic Advisor to the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich 1991-96, and recently renewed his contract as Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Claus Peter Flor has appeared regularly with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Bamberg Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the radio orchestras of Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Leipzig as well as guesting with the Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, London Symphony, NHK Symphony & Yomiuri Orchestra, La Scala Milan among others.
Forthcoming engagements include return visits to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Symphony, Deutsche Oper, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Zürich Tonhalle, Orchestra Verdi di Milano. Since his American debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1985 he has also worked with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and New York Philharmonic, and he is a frequent visitor to Montreal, St Louis, Houston, Minnesota; in coming months he also conducts the Toronto Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony.
He has conducted opera productions in Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, Cologne, the Deutsche Oper and the Berlin Staatsoper, where he returned in January 2000 for performances of Freischütz. This was followed by a new production of Meistersinger at La Monnaie in Brussels, which he then took toTokyo in June 2002. He has conducted Figaro at La Monnaie and last season in Toulouse, where he returns for Zauberflöte. In 2003 he conducts La Boheme for Dallas Opera. Last season he conducted a concert performance of Rienzi in Paris with the Orchestre National de France.
Claus Peter Flor has made many recordings for BMG Classics/RCA Victor Red Seal, most notably Shostakovichs 10th Symphony with the Concertgebouw, Martinu symphonies with the Berlin Symphony, Mozart and Weber with the Philharmonia (with Haydn, Szymanowski and Janacek to be released), Zemlinsky with the Hamburg Radio, and a highly acclaimed Mendelssohn cycle with the Bamberg Symphony. He also recorded the world premiere recording of Bruchs Oratorio "Moses" with the Bamberg Symphony, released on Orfeo.
Claus Peter Flor appears by arrangement with Intermusica Artists Management Ltd.
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