Due to illness, Peter Ruzicka is unfortunately unable to conduct tonight’s concert. We are very grateful to Massimiliano Matesic who has very kindly agreed to stand in.
Similar to Ruzicka, Matesic, is doubly talented; born in 1969, he studied composition and conducting with (among others) Salvatore Sciarrino in his hometown of Florence and also in Freiburg. As guest conductor, Matesic has conducted concerts and radio recordings with numerous orchestras including the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and the Orchestras of Bern, Basel and Reutlingen. Between 2002 and 2006, he was Chief Conductor of Sinfonieorchester Villingen-Schwenningen. Since 1996, he has taught orchestral conducting at Freiburg College of Music.
Massimiliano Matesic has composed several works for orchestra, chamber music and the stage. In 2016, his family opera Katze Ivanka, commissioned by Hamburger Staatsoper, premiered here very successfully. Further productions followed at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Bulgarian National Theatre in Sofia. He maintains a close relationship with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, which, together with Matthias Goerne, performed the orchestral version of Schubert’s Winterreise.
Since 2002, Matesic has lived in the Aargau Kaiserstuhl on the Swiss Rhine with his wife, the violinist Daria Zappa, with whom he directs the music festival »Festival der Stille«.