Andreas Delfs, Conductor


In January 2021 The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) announced the appointment of Maestro Andreas Delfs as its thirteenth music director in the organization's 98-year history. Delfs follows in the footsteps of a long line of distinguished music directors including Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman, Mark Elder, Christopher Seaman, and Ward Stare.

A native of Flensburg, Germany, and graduate of the Hamburg Conservatory and Juilliard School of Music, Andreas Delfs has established himself as a pre-eminent force in the classical music world and one of the finest conductors of his generation. He has held chief artistic posts with orchestras in Europe and North America. At the age of 20, he became the youngest-ever Music Director of the Hamburg University Orchestra and Musical Assistant at the Hamburg State Opera. Throughout his 12 seasons as Musical Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Delfs drew larger audiences to Uihlein Hall, selling out a record 40 concerts there during the 2000-2001 Season.

Delfs led the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as Music Director (2001-2004) and artistic consultant (2004-2006). Delfs has conducted numerous world premieres and has close links with many of today’s composers. He counts among his profound musical inspirations musicians such as John Corigliano, Philip Glass, Roberto Sierra, and Hans Werner Henze. He is the frequent partner to many of the world’s most renowned solo artists, including André Watts, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Yo Yo Ma, Lang Lang, and Renée Fleming.

He has an extensive discography, including all five of the Beethoven Piano Concertos; opera and choral works such as Hansel and Gretel, and the Mozart Requiem; and new works for the classical repertoire such as Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina. His recent recording project is a series of recordings with the Aarhus Symphony for the DaCapo label. His recording of Paul Ruder’s Handel Variations was nominated for “Album of the Year” (2018) by the Danish Radio.

Delfs is well known for delivering electrifying performances and artistic excellence. He is equally passionate about supporting young musicians and building deep community relationships. He dedicates a substantial part of his time to share his knowledge with young instrumentalists and conductors, at Boyer College (Temple University/Philadelphia) and in international Masterclasses.

Roberto Sierra: Missa Latina "Pro Pace"
By Heidi Grant Murphy, Nathaniel Webster, Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Delfs.
Mozart / Sussmayr: Requiems
By Andreas Delfs, Anton Armstrong, Eric Owen, James Taylor and Jennifer Larmore
Classical Naptime for Tots
By Johan Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Georges Bizet, Aaron Copland and Claude Debussy
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 1, 3 & 4
By Ludwig van Beethoven, Andreas Delfs, London Symphony Orchestra and John O'Connor
Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel
By Robert Orth, Engelbert Humperdinck, Andreas Delfs, Janice Taylor and Judith Forst
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 5 Emperor
By Beethoven, Andras Delfs, London Symphony Orchestra and John O'Connor
Othmar Schoek: Violin Concerto in B flat Major Op. 21; Suite from Penthesilea Op
By Othmar Schoek, Andreas Delfs, Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra and Bettina Boller
The Cuba Concerts
By Prokofiev, Strauss, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Handy/Chase
Concertos Alla Jazz
By Sato Knudsen, Erwin Schulhoff, Andreas Delfs, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Hawthorne String Quartet
Sacred Songs
By Johann Sebastian Bach, Hector Berlioz, Leonard Bernstein, Gabriel Faure and Cesar Franck
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