Heinz Ferlesch
Artistic Director of Wiener Singakademie & Choir Ad Libitum
Chief Conductor of Barucco
Born in
Anton Bruckner Konservatorium Linz,
Universität for Music and Performing Arts Vienna


Ferdinand-Grossmann Prize
Erwin-Ortner Prize
Kulturpreisträger des Landes Niederösterreich
Golden Badge of Honour of the Municipality of St. Valentin
ORF Edition Alte Musik
Short Biography
Born in Lower Austria, Heinz Ferlesch has successfully established himself as a conductor of his baroque orchestra Barucco as well as a longtime choirmaster of Wiener Singakademie.
He studied at the Anton Bruckner Conservatory Linz and at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Herwig Reiter and Johannes Prinz. At the age of 27 Heinz Ferlesch has been appointed Artistic Director of Wiener Singakademie by the Vienna Konzerthaus, therefore he is the youngest Artistic Director in the choir ́s history. Within his career he has worked with conductors as Georges Prêtre, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi, Adam Fischer, Bertrand de Billy, Ton Kopmann, Helmuth Rilling and SimoneYoung.
Engagements of the Wiener Singakademie took him – besides periodic performances at Vienna Konzerthaus – to London, Zurich, Budapest, Venedig and New York. Close collaboration with orchestras like Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Zurich Opera House Orchestra have shaped the musical development of Wiener Singakademie and its Artistic Director

Conductor Heinz Ferlesch and his ensembles have been awarded various national and international prizes. In 2007 he was awarded the highly respected Ferdinand-Grossmann prize.
In 2009 Heinz Ferlesch was awarded in the context of his activities for the choir scene Lower Austria with the Erwin Ortner price to the promotion of the choir music. 2013 Heinz Ferlesch
was honoured by Lower Austria in the category of music and got
the Golden Badge of Honour of the Municipality of St. Valentin.
Since 2002 he is teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

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