"The hiss and spit of Strauss’ convulsive orchestration is a major part of “Elektra,” and the young German conductor Elias Grandy paced the drama consummately, eliciting excellent performances from the 80-strong orchestra."
"At the premiere, Elias Grandy and the Philharmonic offered a ravishing and enthralling sound event in which every emotion, the most noisy as well as the most desperate, was reflected…"
Elias Grandy has quickly established himself as one of the leading conductors of today enjoying an international career that encompasses opera and symphony concerts. Currently in his 6th season as Music Director of the Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra Heidelberg, he has continued to grow the city’s artistic reputation as one of Germany’s most fascinating centers for symphonic music and opera. Programming diverse repertoire, ranging from highly acclaimed interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini, and Janacek to widespread recognition for performances of contemporary works such as “Morgen und Abend” by Georg Friedrich Haas or Peter Ruzicka’s “Benjamin”, he is known for his energetic impact he brings to each performance. His contract in Heidelberg has been recently extended through the 2023/2024 season. Elias attracted worldwide attention in 2015 at the 7th Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition with his prize winning performance. From 2012 – 2015, he was Resident Conductor at the Staatstheater Darmstadt. Elias has and continues to enjoy a close relationship with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
The 19/20 season marked several notable debuts resulting in immediate re-invitations in upcoming seasons; in North America with “Elektra” by R. Strauss at the Minnesota Opera; in Japan with Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Nikikai Opera, in Sapporo with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and in Tokyo with the renowned Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall. Back in Germany, at the Frankfurt Oper with “A Village Romeo and Juliet” by Frederick Delius, as well as concerts with the Radio Orchestra Frankfurt followed by new productions in Heidelberg of Puccini's “Madama Butterfly” and Rossini's “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”.
Recent and upcoming highlights include concert performances in Frankfurt with the Radio Orchestra as well as the Museumsorchester, the Bremer Philharmoniker, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, the Munich Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, the symphony orchestras of Sapporo and Yomiuri Nippon and the Weimar Staatskapelle among many others. Extensive tours of Europe with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany (Bundesjugendorchester) and a tour of China with the Qatar Philharmonic In the pit, Elias will conduct Berg’s “Lulu” and Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at Heidelberg Opera among other titles.
Born in Germany of Japanese and German parents, Elias studied conducting, cello and music theory in Basel, Munich and Berlin. He played as a cellist in the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio and the Komische Oper Berlin.