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Erwin ORTNER Artistic Director, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Vienna


 Erwin Ortner was a member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir and later a student at the Music Academy in Vienna, studying with, among others, Hans Swarowsky and Hans Gillesberger. From 1980 to 2016 Ortner thought as professor of choral conducting and choral voice training and from 1996 to 2002 was dean of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Ortner is the founder and artistic director of the Arnold Schoenberg Choir. Numerous recordings and prizes document his close and enduring collaboration with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. At the Grammy Awards in 2002 Harnoncourt and the ASC’s recording of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion was awarded best choral performance, honouring both the conductor and the choir’s director. As a conductor, Erwin Ortner has worked with Maurizio Pollini in New York, Paris and Tokyo, while his appearances as a guest conductor demonstrate the breadth of his activities at home and abroad. Ortner is also sought after as a lecturer, giving renowned courses in choral and orchestral conducting worldwide. In 2010 he took over the artistic directorship of the Imperial Chapel in Vienna, which has existed since 1498.