Peter Ruzicka

is a composer, conductor and artistic director. In addition to his instrumental and theoretical training at the Hamburg Conservatory, Peter Ruzicka studied the law and musicology and received his doctorate with an interdisciplinary dissertation. Among his compositions are the opera Celan (first performed in Dresden, 2001), Hölderlin (first performed in Berlin, 2008) und Benjamin (first performed in Hamburg, 2018) and many orchestral works which had their premieres in major orchestral halls all over the world. As a conductor he works with orchestras like Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 2001 until 2006 he was the artistic director of the Salzburg Festival. From 1996 until 2014 he was also the artistic director of Munich’s Biennale Festival. Ruzicka is a professor at the Hamburg Academy of Music and Theater and a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts and the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts. He has been a member of the board of trustees of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation since 2000.