Conductor Stefan Soltesz was born in Nyireyhaza (Hungary) in 1949 and moved as a child to Vienna. He
studied conducting with Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Academy of Music, where he also had training in
composition and piano. His artistic career was launched in 1971, as conductor at the Theater an der Wien,
followed by engagements as coach and conductor at the Vienna State Opera (1973-1983) and as guest
conductor at the Opera House in Graz (1979-1981). During three editions of the Salzburg Festival, in 1978,
1979 and 1983, he worked as a musical assistant to Karl Böhm, Christoph von Dohnányi and Herbert von
Stefan Soltesz held the position of regular conductor at the Hamburg State Opera (1983-1985) and at the
Deutsche Oper Berlin (1985-1997). He served as gerneral music director of the State Theatre Brunswick
from 1988-1993 and as chief conductor of the Flemish Opera in Antwerp and Ghent from 1992-97.
From 1997 to 2013 he has served as the general music director of the Essener Philharmoniker and as
artistic director of the Essen opera house Aalto Theater.
Stefan Soltesz is a frequent guest conductor at the Vienna State Opera and at the major opera houses
of Germany, for instance in Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg and Munich. He also appears at
Netherlands Opera Amsterdam, Bilbao Opera, Paris Opéra, Royal Opera House Covent
Garden in London, Bolshoi Teatre Moscow, Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, Teatro Bellini in Catania, Teatro Colónin Buenos Aires,
San Francisco opera houses, Zürich Opera, Grand Theatre de Geneve, Niki-Kai Opera Tokyo,
Teatro dell´ Opera Roma and Hungarian State Opera in Budapest and at the festivals in Montpellier,
Aix-en-Provence, Baden-Baden and Savonlinna (Finland).
Stefan Soltesz has led radio performance and concerts in Berlin, Dresden, Genoa, Hanover,
Hamburg, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Palermo, Turin, Nagoya, Budapest, Vienna and Moscow. His
discography includes operas by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Gazzaniga and Alexander von Zemlinsky,
as well as varios symphonic works. His recent recording of music by Alban Berg and Hans Werner
Henze won a Grammy nomination as well as an ICMA nomination. Strauss´ "Salome" from the Baden-
Baden festival and Debussy´s "Pelléas et Mélisande" from Aalto Teater were published as DVD.
Stefan Soltesz holds Austrian citizenship and lives in Berlin.