Sascha Goetzel, Conductor

Biography

Sascha Goetzel was trained in Vienna. He is currently Music Director Laureate of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Orchestra for Peace (El-Sistema Turkey). With the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, he made a series of acclaimed recordings and took the ensemble to its critically-acclaimed debut at the BBC Proms.

Sascha began the 2020/21 Season conducting a Beethoven cycle with the Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli, also making his debut at the Grafenegg Festival with the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra. In the same season he made his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo with immediate invitations to return, recorded for Warner Classics and continued his work with orchestras in Sofia and Istanbul in live concerts, radio broadcasts and web streaming.

Sascha initiated several innovative projects during the Covid-19 pandemic, including a live interview series with other international artists, educational webinars for young conductors, and a digital mentorship scheme for SEYO 2021 (El-Sistema Europe). He is also co-founder of the new streaming platform developing new formats for performance, Vienna Art Network.

Sascha has worked at the Wiener Staatsoper, Mariinsky Theatre, Orchestre National de France, London Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Toyko, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra ORF, Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra National Pays de Loire, Gävle Orchestra Symphony, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Zürich Opera.

Sacha believes passionately in the importance of music education for building mutual multicultural understanding and takes a lead role in actively supporting international educational projects. As a recording artist, he has conducted several international award-winning albums for Warner Classics, Deutsche Grammophon and Onyx with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic and Orchestra Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, in repertoire from Piazzolla and Turnage to Tchaikovsky and Berlioz.

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Repertoire
Review
Impressive Debut
International Record Review
Thu, 2010-04-01
This is the first recording to be released internationally by this relatively new orchestra (founded in 1999) and I recommend it without reservation. Here is an absolutely outstanding disc from every point of view, one of the most impressive recording 'firsts' for an orchestra that I can recall for many years. The repertoire has been cleverly and subtly chosen - we do not need to be experts in geography to realize that the leading symphony orchestra in Turkey, in making its recording debut, has chosen three fine works which are associated with that part of the world. Not that there is anything 'nationalistic' in this music - from any of the German, Italian and French composers represented - but it's a subtle programme planner who connects the 'Euro-oriental' nature of these three works, which together make very suitable bedfellows, for these scores are all likely to appeal to the same music lover. The sound quality is first-class in every respect. The orchestral playing is of a very high standard throughout, as one can immediately hear at the beginning of Respighi's ballet and the opening of the concluding 'Orgiastic Dance' in the same work, although there are countless other examples of the excellence of this orchestra. In 'Belkis', the coda of the final movement of revisits in 'Pini di Roma' in terms of sustained orchestral power, affording opportunities which this orchestra - and its excellent conductor - seizes avidly. Hindemith's Weber Metamorphosis is not so clearly scored in the opening movement as the Respighi but the labyrinthine orchestration is most adroitly handled by these players (the 'jazz-brass' section in the second movement and the opening of the finale are exceptionally well played). Sascha Goetzel's tempos throughout are first-class - especially that of the final March - and he should feel justly proud of the standard he has obtained with this orchestra, which boasts an impressive woodwind section which takes its opportunities admirably. Florent Schmitt's 'The Tragedy of Salomé' is another relatively rarely heard score which here receives a fresh and uplifting performance; sensitive, yet rich and warmly expressive where called for. The work, dedicated to Stravinsky (who praised it very highly), is magnificently orchestrated in a manner that surely impressed Ravel. The grandeur and nobility of the music also clearly suit this orchesta and conductor, who - in freshness and vitality, the sheer musicality, of their performances and in their virtuosity in the second 'Dance of Fear' - would put several far more well-known and mushc longer-established European orchestras to shame. This is a most auspicious debut. Robert Matthew-Walker
Sensational
Scotland Herald
Mon, 2012-03-12
THIS is not just a fine disc: it's a sensational set of performances from an orchestra that, until a few years ago, was pretty unknown, as was their brilliant German-born conductor, Sascha Goetzel. The repertoire on the disc is, for the most part, equally stunning, doing what the label says on the box: kicking seven bells out of the great mechanistic, motoric pieces of early last century, with Prokofiev's Scythian Suite (rescued from a ballet Diaghilev rejected) the lead bulldozer in a full body charge. Bartok's Miraculous Mandarin Suite is terrifyingly thunderous in the hands of this virtuosic Turkish orchestra, though Schulhoff's Ogelala and Holst's The Perfect Fool struggle to keep up with the visceral, gut-punching music of the other composers. Interestingly, Ravel's La Valse infiltrates this bunch of bruisers effortlessly because Goetzel and his Istanbul band, in a fabulous performance, clearly regard it as the nadir of the decadence pounded out of existence by the heavyweight mechanics represented here so pugnaciously. Michael Tumelty
Discography
Metamorphosen
Orchestral works by Hindemith, Respighi and Schmitt. Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra/Sascha Goetzel Onyx Classics ONYX4048 Released: 2010
Der Konzertante Kontrabass
Radio-Philharmony Hannover of the NDR Conductor: Sascha Goetzel Released: 2000
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