The Austrian-born Andreas Stoehr is a very versatile member of the current generation of conductors, combining the well-formed experience of a German "Kapellmeister" and the application of recent discoveries in traditional performance scholarship.
In 2011, Andreas Stoehr's musical activities were concentrated on Mozart (premiere of "Cosi fan tutte" at the Opera Leipzig as a first collaboration with stage director Peter Konwitschny and the Gewandhaus Orchestra), Mahler and Liszt. Preceding these projects he conducted regularly in Scandinavia: In fall 2010 he returned to the Royal Opera in Stockholm for Alban Berg's "Wozzeck" and Handel's "Serse".
In 2010, the Vienna Konzerthaus was the venue for Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "Emma di Resburgo", a work from Meyerbeer's Italian period, which Andreas Stoehr discovered and conducted for the first time since 1824. It was also the first time a Meyerbeer opera has been performed on period instruments, and has been featured on radio broadcasts in Austria (ORF) and England (BBC).
Since 2008 Stoehr has often conducted in Scandinavia and returned to Switzerland: Premieres of "Lucio Silla" and "The Magic Flute" at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, his debut at the Royal Opera in Stockholm with Handel's "Serse" and the premiere of Cavalli's "La Calisto", his house debut at the Grand Théâtre du Geneva.
From 2001 to 2009, Stoehr conducted a broad repertoire at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany, where he had exceptional critical success with a Monteverdi trilogy (L'Orfeo, Ulysse, Poppea, directed by Christof Loy) played on period instruments. Building on this foundation with productions of Scarlatti, Handel, and Mozart operas played with traditional performance practices by the Dusseldorf Symphony, Maestro Stoehr established himself as an 'original sound' specialist with resounding public success.
Alongside his love of music of the Baroque era stand without question the operas of Mozart (adding "La Clemenza di Tito“ in 2006 and "Lucio Silla" in 2008), Verdi, and at the opposite end of the spectrum, operas of the 20th Century (Bartok, Ravel, Schönberg, Strauss, Zemlinsky). An addition to his repertoire in this direction came in 2007 with a new production of Debussy's "Pelléas et Mélisande“ for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
From the beginning of his studies, Andreas Stoehr combined the theoretical with the practical, simultaneously studying piano and conducting at the Vienna Music Conservatory and music history at the University of Vienna. During his studies, Maestro Stoehr made his conducting debut in 1985 with Paisiello's "Barbiere di Siviglia" for the Vienna Chamber Opera, followed by an invitation to conduct their next Mozart opera.
In 1985 he was engaged by the Graz Opera, Austria, initially as pianist, then as head coach and conductor. Between 1989 and 1996 Stoehr was guest conductor at the State Opera Prague and focused on his international concert appearances.
In 1996 Maestro Stoehr became music director of the prestigious Opéra Comique, Paris, where, alongside various Mozart operas, he dedicated himself to standards of the French operatic repertoire, including Bizet's Carmen and works by Ravel, Poulenc and Offenbach. An important aspect of his position was establishing a niche for modern opera: under his musical direction Luciano Chailly's "La Cantatrice Chauve" and Victor Ullmann's "Emperor of Alantis" had their French premieres.
In a significant concert project with the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000, Stoehr conducted the complete orchestral works of Robert Schumann.
Parallel to his engagement at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein he started in 2001 as principal conductor at the Theater of St. Gallen, Switzerland and remained in this position until 2004.
As guest conductor, Maestro Stoehr has cooperated with the Vienna Symphony, the Munich Symphony, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, L'Orchestre National de Lille, L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, the Residenz Orchestra den Haag, Orkest van het Oosten, het Brabants Orkest, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Hannover and Duisburg and recently, as his concert debut in Norway, with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Appearances at Festivals include: Styriarte Festival (Austria), Klangbogen (Vienna), Festival de Musique Montreux-Vevey (Switzerland) and guest engagements for opera productions in Lucern, Munich, Nationale Reisoper in Holland, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, the Royal Opera Copenhagen and the Royal Opera Stockholm.
A passionate interest of Andreas Stoehr is the detection of opera scores which have not been heard since their original performances, or which have been considered lost. Through his efforts, Schubert's last opera "Der Graf von Gleichen" was heard for the first time at the Styriarte Festival in Austria in 1997 (in the reconstructed version of Richard Dünser), and in 2007 the Prague version of Christoph Willibalds Gluck's opera "Ezio". "Ezio", in collaboration with the Neue Duesseldorfer Hofmusik orchestra and West German Radio (WDR) appeared in 2007 as a recording from Coviello Classics: Stoehrs first CD recording and simultaneously a world premiere.
Pioneering projects outside the mainstream repertoire are of extraordinary importance for Andreas Stoehr. In 2006 he was involved in a theater project in the State Theater in Dusseldorf that combined texts from French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu with music from Bach Cantatas.