Austrian conductor Peter Sommerer, appointed from 1stconductor to General Music Director of the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra after only one season, is regularly invited as a guest conductor internationally in addition to his duties with this orchestra. He has conducted the Royal Orchestra of Copenhagen, the Zurich Opera House, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra, the Austro-Iranian Symphony Orchestra Tehran, the Lübeck, Magdeburg, and Jena Philharmonic Orchestras, the South Danish Philharmonic, as well as regularly in the USA and Canada
At the beginning of the 2018/19 season, he will make his South Korean debut with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra.

Opera productions such as Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre”, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”, Hindemith’s “Cardillac”, Verdi’s “La Traviata”, Alban Berg’s “Lulu”, Massenet’s “Don Quichotte”, and Bizet’s “Carmen”, which have recently received equal acclaim from the public and press, underline his versatility.

His cycle of symphonies by Anton Bruckner and the “Alpine Symphony” by Richard Strauss attracted particular nation-wide attention. His interest in promoting young musicians can be seen in his choice to take over the artistic direction of the “Young Philharmonic Brandenburg” at the beginning of the coming season.

Peter Sommerer is currently conducting the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra in a CD production of Scandinavian music for the “haenssler” record label that will be released in 2018. In November 2017, Deutschlandradiokultur will record the second symphony concert of the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra under his direction.

From 2002 to 2005, he was a permanent assistant to Michael Boder, which led him to the Vienna State Opera, the Saxon State Opera in Dresden, the German State Opera in Berlin, and the National Theatre in Munich, among others. He also worked as a musical assistant at the 2004 Salzburg Festival. During this time, Peter Sommerer gained an extensive repertoire of operas by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Peter Sommerer made his operatic debut with Tan Dun’s “Marco Polo” during his studies (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) at the “Neue Oper Wien” in 1998, the focus of which was on 20th and 21st century music theatre productions.


Reviews Playtime 2012/13

Symphonic concert 1

„It’s actually a risky undertaking to start the concert season as the new musical director with pure unadulterated Mozart. (…) But Peter Sommerer is certain of one thing – first of all, he has worked with the musicians in the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra, who obviously have great affection for him, for quite some time; after all, he succeeded in making the rather unusual advancement from first Kapellmeister to chief conductor. And secondly the man from Upper Austria (…) really does seem to have the essential spirit of “Amadeus” coursing through his veins.

Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, his overriding masterpiece from 1788, certainly sounds assured and splendid in the Deutsches Haus, in consistently impressive, uplifting tempi, with sparkling theatricality and yet at no stage overwrought. The tricky transitions in the slow movement are managed smoothly almost without exception. The mighty double fugue in the finale is interpreted in a lovely cantabile style, so it does not sound academic and dry at all. And in the rich and vibrant minuet Sommerer suggests that a Schubert is not too far away… (…)” Kieler Nachrichten, 21. September 2012

Symphonic concert 2

„An evocative feast of sound at the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra’s second concert in Flensburg, where conductor Peter Sommerer showed his ability to reveal the personal strivings of composers at seminal stages in romanticism. (…) Massive mountains of sound, with the boldest contrasts from a delicate pianissimo to the astonishing surge of the triple forte – Bruckner’s Third Symphony does not skimp on expansive breadth or dynamic gigantic scale. Peter Sommerer, who is esteemed as an elegant and precise conductor who usually focuses his attention on subtle nuances, proves his unmistakable affinity with the grandiose rhetoric of his Austrian compatriot Bruckner, as he takes his musicians on a roller coaster ride from elegiac rhapsody to its contrasting tumultuous extremes, as the low brass thunders like Jericho trumpets. A huge, colossal, apocalyptic work, which inspired the orchestra to an exceptionally impressive performance, ending with a majestic tutti forte – and a standing ovation.” Flensburger Tageblatt, 2. December 2012

„Our state symphony orchestra under its musical director Peter Sommerer celebrated a major triumph (…) with Bruckner’s Third Symphony. In a very spirited rendering Sommerer conducted his enthusiastic and impressive ensemble through this monumental work (…). The orchestra and its conductor were rewarded with warm applause in Flensburg for their accomplished interpretation.” Flensborg Avis, 2. November 2012

„At the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra’s third concert the 26-year old (viz: Stojan Krkuleski, winner of the ARD Music Competition 2012) played Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major. And while the orchestra in this operatic concert provided the young soloist with a very elegant atmosphere and musical backdrop, he played his instrument divinely. (…) A true moment of glory. It was preceded by a breezy and enticing version of Haydn’s Paris Symphony in E flat major. The musicians played here in a lively manner, alternating between nimble and quick tempos and volumes – it was an exciting performance from start to finish. (…) Musical director Peter Sommerer conducted his ensemble assuredly through the challenging, rhythmically often complex score (Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony), and set the scene wonderfully with the colourful sounds of the various instruments. Mischievous marches, martial pathos and a bit of Russian soul here and there. (…) A wonderful concert!” Flensburger Tageblatt, 14. December 2012

Symphonic concert 3

„(…) Peter Sommerer tackles this work with plenty of gusto (Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony), and his orchestra shows how good they really are. The interplay of bassoon and horn in the first movement, the wonderfully transparent playing of the second, the thrilling scherzo and the cheerful crowds at the local fair in the fourth were all performed excellently. (…)” Flensborg Avis, 13. December 2012

„(…) Haydn’s late Symphony Hob 1:84 epitomises the Vienna Classic style perfectly – elegant, no frills, occasionally fast and always seasoned with a pinch of Papa Haydn’s characteristic humour. The well-disposed symphony orchestra gave the opening and closing movements of this charming work especially a fragrant finesse and a springlike spirit, which Peter Sommerer ushered in with a light touch. (…) It was a similar impression with Tchaikovsky’s Little Russian Symphony No. 2 (…)

The buffo andante marziale especially was played with a hint of caginess, the marche grotesque seemed to be on tiptoe and the woodwind section was splendid with superb, well-modulated solos. (…) A standing ovation and two encores!” Kieler Nachrichten, 13. December 2012

Premiere of La Bohème

„(…) Chief conductor Peter Sommerer savoured with passion the sweet melodies and sensuousness of this colourful score with the state symphony orchestra, whose verve and pulsating Italian style helped us forget the November gloom outside.” Kieler Nachrichten, 26. November 2012

Repertoire List Opera

Alban Berg


Georges Bizet

Les pecheurs de perles

Boris Blacher

Preußisches Märchen

Benjamin Britten

Albert Herring


Friedrich Cerha

Der Riese vom Steinfeld

Tan Dun

Marco Polo

Gaetano Donizetti

Don Pasquale

Lucia di Lammermoor

Antonin Dvorak


Peter Eötvös

Drei Schwestern

Charles Gounod

La Nonne Sanglante

Paul Hindemith


Leos Janácek


Emmerich Kálmán

Gräfin Mariza

John Kander


Eduard Künneke

Der Vetter aus Dingsda

Franz Lehàr

Die Lustige Witwe

Frederick Loewe

My Fair Lady

Albert Lortzing

Zar und Zimmermann

Nader Mashayekhi

Neda – Der Ruf

Jules Massenet


Don Quichotte

Wolfgang A. Mozart

Così fan tutte

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Die Zauberflöte

Le Nozze di Figaro

La Clemenza di Tito

Alex Nowitz

Die Bestmann-Oper

Jacques Offenbach

Orpheus in der Unterwelt

Cole Porter

Kiss me Kate

Francis Poulenc

Dialogues des Carmélites

Giacomo Puccini

Gianni Schicci

La Bohème

Madama Butterfly


Wolfgang Rihm

Jakob Lenz

Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov

Die Zarenbraut

Gioachino Rossini

Il Barbiere di Siviglia


Gerhard Schedl

Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung

Alfred Schnittke

Die Historia von D. Johann Fausten

Arnold Schönberg

Die Jakobsleiter

Von heute auf morgen

Louis Spohr


Richard Strauss

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Der Rosenkavalier


Johann Strauß

Die Fledermaus

Wiener Blut

Der Zigeunerbaron

Eine Nacht in Venedig

Igor Strawinsky

The Rake´s Progress

Peter Tschaikowsky

Eugen Onegin

Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

La Traviata



Richard Wagner

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Der fliegende Holländer

Das Rheingold



Carl M. von Weber

Der Freischütz

André Werner

Lavinia A.

Robert Wright

Grand Hotel

Repertoire List Concerts

Johann Sebastian Bach

Messe in h-moll
Div. Kantaten
Brandenburgische Konzerte
Ouverture No. 3

Bela Bartók

Konzert für Orchester

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie No. 1, 2, 3, 5, 7
Klavierkonzert No. 2, 4

Missa in C-Dur
Missa Solemnis

Alban Berg


Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Johannes Brahms

Symphonie No. 1, 2, 3, 4

Anton Bruckner

Symphonie No. 3, 4, 5, 7, 9

Antonin Dvorak

Symphonie No. 8

Georg Friedrich Händel

Der Messias
Div. Concerti grossi

Joseph Haydn

Symphonie No. 22, 44, 60, 82, 83, 84, 88, 92, 96, 100, 101,102
Die Schöpfung
Sämtliche Messen

Paul Hindemith

Sinfonie „Mathis der Maler“

Anatoly Liadow

Baba Yaga
Der verzauberte See

Gustav Mahler

Symphonie No. 1, 6
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Olivier Messiaen

Un Sourire

Felix Mendelssohn-B.

Symphonie No. 4
Musik zu „Ein Sommernachtstraum“

Wolfgang A. Mozart

KV 200, 201, 297, 318, 385, 504, 550, 551
Flötenkonzert KV 315
Hornkonzert KV 417
Klavierkonzert KV 467
Violinkonzert KV 219, 211
Serenade KV 350
Sämtliche Messen

Arvo Pärt

Te Deum

Jean Sibelius

Symphonie No. 2

Franz Schubert

Symphonie No. 2, 3, 5, 7, 9
Sämtliche Messen

Robert Schumann

Symphonie No. 1, 3

Johann Strauß

Div. Walzer, Polkas etc.

Richard Strauss

Don Juan
Tod und Verklärung

Karol Szymanowski

Violinkonzert Nr. 1

Peter Tschaikowsky

Sinfonie Nr. 2

Hugo Wolf

Italienische Serenade



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