"From the second Sascha Goetzel walked on stage … we knew we were in for a treat of a concert. He is one of those magical conductors who ooze charisma, connecting with every single member of the orchestra, pulling in the audience to come along with them for the ride."
Sascha Goetzel began the 2020/21 season with conducting a series of concerts in Italy with the Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli, followed by his debut at the Grafenegg Festival with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, recording for Warner Classic and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and the opening concerts of the season with his Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sofia Philharmonic.
Facing the extraordinary challenges for the performing arts due to Covid-19 restrictions, Goetzel started to initiate and create several new innovative projects since spring 2020, including 2 educational webinars, a live Interview series with international guest artists reflecting on the current situation and just recently an exclusive new streaming platform focusing on developing new formats for the Music and Art Scene named Vienna Art Network.
Previous collaborations as guest conductor include projects with Wiener Staatsoper, Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK-Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Opera national de Lorraine, the RSO-Vienna, the Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Opernhaus Zürich.
Goetzel believes in the importance of music education for building bridges for a mutual multicultural understanding of ethic, diversity, hybridity and difference and actively supports international educational projects such as Music for Peace (Turkey) and El Sistema Europe (International).