German conductor Florian Csizmadia is currently Music Director of the Theater Vorpommern and Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern (Philharmonic Orchestra of Western Pomerania), both located in the cities of Stralsund and Greifswald (Germany).
There he oversees both opera and concert: He conducts several new operatic productions per season and is responsible as Artistic Director for the planning and programming of an annual series of orchestral concerts, as well as for the outreach projects of the orchestra.
Past operatic productions at the Theater Vorpommern include Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Bizet’s Carmen, Gounod’s Faust, Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera and Il Trovatore, Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème, as well as a highly acclaimed production of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Future projects in the opera house include new productions of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, Wagner’s Flying Dutchman and Detlev Glanert’s latest opera, Oceane. Florian will be the first conductor to conduct a new production of this opera after the world premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Equally at home in the concert hall, Florian conducted in the past years a broad repertoire of symphonic music ranging from the 18 th to the 21 st century and is currently expanding his repertoire further. Although not specialized, he considers the symphonic works of the Austro-Germanic tradition as central to his activities. Another focus lies on the works of British composers and especially on the music of Edward Elgar which Florian promotes regularly in his concerts. In 2018 Florian conducted a series of performances of Britten’s War Requiem with joint forces from Germany, Poland and Lithuania with performances in all three countries. Being partly of Hungarian origin, the works of Hungarian composers also appear often on Florian’s concert programmes. His performances are usually based on careful studies of the sources and influenced by aspects of Historically Informed Performance Practice.
Current concert projects with his orchestra include complete cycles of the symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms and the continuation of a series of concerts dedicated to the music of Elgar. In June 2020 his orchestration of Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue on ‘Ad nos’ will be premiered.
Prior to his tenure at the Theater Vorpommern Florian served as Principal conductor (Kapellmeister) to the Staatstheater Mainz. He started his professional career at the Hamburg State Opera where he was for ten seasons Chorus Master and staff conductor and where he collaborated with and assisted to numerous important conductors of our time.
Born in Mannheim (Germany) in 1976, Florian studied conducting and piano at the Musikhochschule (College of Music) Dresden and musicology at the University of Hamburg. Besides his conducting activities he is very much interested in musicological topics and German literature.