"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."
A dynamic, charismatic,and compelling musical presence on the podium, Sascha Goetzel hasemerged as a multifaceted conductor—a remarkable orchestra builder, creativeprogrammer, entrepreneur, educator, and advocate for musicians and artists.With the 2022/2023 season Sascha Goetzel assumes the position of Music Directorof France’s Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire.
During his eleven-year tenure as ArtisticDirector and Principal Conductor of the Borusan Istanbul PhilharmonicOrchestra, he significantly raised the artistic profile of the ensemble. Hisimaginative programming, award-winning recordings, and widely praised toursto the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Royal Concertgebouw, Vienna’sMusikverein, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and Hong Kong Arts Festival,transformed a little-known provincial orchestra into a critically acclaimedinternational ensemble. Currently Principal Guest Conductor of the SofiaPhilharmonic, Goetzel applies his same gifts as an orchestra builder,improving the caliber of the ensemble and burnishing its reputation.
Goetzel has appeared a number ofprominent orchestras—the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra,London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Israel PhilharmonicOrchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National deFrance, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, as well as the RoyalPhilharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique deMonte-Carlo, Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, and Radio SymphonyOrchestra of Vienna—collaborating with major soloists, among them DaniilTrifonov, Joyce Di Donato, YujaWang, Maxim Vengerov, Julian Rachlin, Anna Netrebko, Renee Fleming, BrandonMarsalis, Ian Bostridge, and Murray Perahia, among many others.
In 2014, he made an electric debut at the ViennaState Opera conducting Le Nozze di Figaro, which led to six returnengagements—productions of Fledermaus, LaBohème, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, MagicFlute and Rosenkavalier. Goetzelhas also appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre, Zürich Opera House, TokyoNikikai Opera Company in Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan, Opéra deRennes, Wiener Volksoper, and Opéra deMontpellier.
Goetzel and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra have releasedseveral award-winning albums on the Deutsche Grammophon, Onyx, and Warnerlabels featuring works by Turnage, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Bizet,Rimsky-Korsakov, Respighi, Hindemith, and Schmitt.
Committed to music education and an advocate for the arts in general,Goetzel is also Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of the ViennaArt Network, a new digital platform supporting independent musicians andartists; Artistic Director of Music for Peace (El Sistema-Turkey); aconducting mentor at Dirigentloftet, a program in Norway focused on developingyoung conductors; and Director and Co-Founder of Opera by the Fjord, aninnovative academy and festival for aspiring singers and instrumentalists inpartnership with the Bergen National Opera.
Born and raised in Vienna, Goetzel trained as a violinist and beganhis studies with Richard Österreicher in Austria and Jorma Panula at theSibelius Academy. He furthered his education in the United States, working withSeiji Ozawa, Riccardo Muti, Andre Previn, Zubin Mehta, and Bernhard Haitink. Inaddition to attending the Music University in Graz and Brooklyn College,Goetzel was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival for two summers.
His previous posts include Principal Guest Conductor of the KanagawaPhilharmonic (2013-2017) and the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne (2012-2015),as well as Principal Conductor of the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, in Finland(2006-2012).