● Conductors

Stefan MalzewStefan Malzew

The Chief Director of the Neubrandenburger Philharmoniker since 2001, Stefan Malzew was formerly the Chief Director at the Giessener Theater and before that the Music Director of the Mecklenburgischen Staatstheater in Schwerin. He served as assistant to Sir George Solti and Sir Yehudi Menuhin at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival.

Stefan Malzew was born in Berlin in 1964. From the age of five he would accompany his father, a violinist of the Berliner Staatskapelle, while he rehearsed with various renowned conductors. Thus his calling came to him early on,
which he was duly encouraged to pursue.

The conductor Stefan Malzew has been endowed with a great musical versatility, which imbues his conducting style with vitality and authenticity.

Praised by the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper as “the classical music wonder of New Brandenburg,” he has throughout his career as a conductor taken on innovative projects which in turn has brought him recognition beyond the classical music realm.

His ability to create enthralling intrepretations, his sure sense of Viennese classical music from the great romantics to the music of the 20th and 21st century, as well as his mastery of pop and jazz allow for an extraordinary range in which to work in. His sensitivity for fine musical nuances makes him a much sought after partner by soloists of every kind. His CD recordings include the world premier of Hogo Distler’s stage score to Bluebeard by Ludwig Tieck and a recording of piano concertos by Ferruccio Busoni, while live broadcasts of his performances include Skriabin’s
Prometheus with the New Brandenburg Concert Evening (DRadio Kultur) and Heinrich Marschner’s The Templar and the Jewess (Hessen Radio Broadcasting).

He was awarded a Federal President’s Prize for his project Unterwegs zum Olymp.

He has created and directed a number of musical theatre productions aimed at youths (Tosca, La Boheme, The Magic Flute, Tannhäuser). His works are strikingly marked by his skills as a composer. In the course of his career, he has conducted the Konzerthausorchester Berlin (formerly the Berlin Symphony Orchestra), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Berliner Symphoniker, Hamburger Symphoniker, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle of Schwerin, Schweriner Philharmonie, Hallesche Philharmonie, Dresdner Philharmonie, Folkwang Kammerorchester of Essen, Orchester der Deutschen Oper am Rhein, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen,
Schleswig-Holsteinische Sinfonieorchester, Oldenburgische Staatsorchester, Staatskapelle Bytom, Stettiner Philharmoniker, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana Palermo, Orchestra Bruno Maderna, Philharmonische Chor Brno, NDR Chor, Konzertchor der Staatsoper Berlin, NDR Big Band.

His artistic endeavors have brought him to the Berlin Philharmonic and Konzerthaus Berlin, Leipziger Gewandhaus, Dresdner Kulturpalast, Bremer Glocke, Laesiz-Halle Hamburg, Kölner Philharmonie as well as to Warsaw where he conducted the offical new year’s concert in 2008, to Stettin, Waldoper Sopot, Teatro Politeama Garibaldi (Palermo), Forlì, Brussels and across Asia where he performed, among others, with the China National Symphony Orchestra and Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, and the Korean Busan Philharmonic Orchestra.

He worked together with artists like Andrei Gavrilov, Vladimir Stoupel, Alexander Zintchenko, Christian Blackshaw, Pietro Massa, Bernd Glemser, Mira Wang, Ulf Hoelscher, Caroline Anne Widmann, Antje Weithaas, Torsten Janicke, Daniel Müller-Schott, Jan Vogler, Peter Bruns, Claudio Bohorquez, Michael Sanderling, Michael Faust, Sharon Kam, Wolfgang Meyer, Matthias Schorn, Otto Sauter, Allen Vizzutti, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Peter Sadlo, and with several ensembles for example Vogler-Quartett, Kolsimcha and the NDR-BigBand.