Respected worldwide as a conductor with instinctive and incisive musicianship, Claus Peter Flor maintains a prestigious international career. He is renowned for his command and interpretation of Austro-Germanic repertoire, such as Bruckner; Mahler; Strauss; Brahms; Schumann and Mendelssohn, the works of Shostakovich, and has a great affinity with the Czech repertoire of Dvorak and Suk having recorded many of their works during his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic.
Mr. Flor began his musical career with violin tuition in Weimar and Leipzig, before focusing on conducting with Rolf Reuter and later on with both Rafael Kubelik and Kurt Sanderling. In 1984, he became General Music Director of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and also began regular associations at this time with the other major German orchestras: the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Dresden Staatskapelle. In 1988 he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he has since returned twice.
Throughout his career to date, he has held positions with a great number of distinguished orchestras, namely the Philharmonia Orchestra; Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic. Prior to his position as Music Director of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 – 2014, Mr. Flor held the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (2003-08) at the personal invitation of their Music Director Riccardo Chailly, with a remit to develop the orchestra’s work in the central European repertoire.
In recent seasons, he has made highly successful and critically-acclaimed stand-ins for cancellations with the London Symphony Orchestra (with Bruckner, Symphony No. 4) and Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Rome with and all-Mozart programme. The 15/16 season saw Flor return to the Tonkünstler Orchestra with performances at the Grafenegg Festival, the Singapore Symphony and Osaka Philharmonic orchestras. Forthcoming highlights of the 16/17 season and beyond include return visits to Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, RAI Torino, Het Gelders Orkest, RTE National Symphony in Europe and further afield in Asia, performances in Aspen, Japan, and Shenzhen and Hangzhou, China.
As an opera conductor, Flor continues his relationship with Theatre du Capitole Toulouse. Last season he conducted a revival of Gounod’s Faust and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Flor has a long-standing partnership with the Theatre du Capitole, and previous titles have included Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. He will return in the seasons ahead with productions of Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète and Wagner’s Die Walküre.
Previous operatic collaborations include the production of Wagner’s Siegfried, directed by David McVicar, with Strasbourg Opera, and a plethora of titles with the Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, and Cologne opera houses. He has conducted Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger at La Monnaie in Brussels, taking the latter on tour to Tokyo, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Houston Grand Opera, Weber’s Euryanthe for Netherlands Opera with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Puccini’s La Bohème for Dallas Opera.
Claus Peter Flor has an extensive and diverse discography, including an acclaimed series of Mendelssohn recordings with the Bamberg Symphony, which have recently been re-issued by Sony/BMG. Amongst recordings he has made with the Malaysian Philharmonic for BIS label; Suk’s Asrael Symphony was released in 2009 and Dvorak’s Symphonies No.7 and 8 were released in 2012.
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