- MM, The Juilliard School
- Hamburg Conservatory of Music
Andreas Delfs has worked with some of the most renowned musical soloists such as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, and Renée Fleming. He has led many of the world’s noted ensembles, including the London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. He was Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for twelve seasons, during which time he was instrumental in the orchestra’s rise to national prominence.
Maestro Delfs led the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as Music Director and Artistic Consultant from 2001 to 2006. He served as General Music Director of Hannover, Germany (1995-2000), conducting the symphony orchestra and opera company. Prior to his time in Hannover, Maestro Delfs was Music Director of the Bern Opera, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony during the tenure of Lorin Maazel,and Music Director, at an early age, of the Orchestre Suisse des Jeunes.
His busy guest conducting schedule has brought him recently to the podiums of the Tonkünstler-Orchester Vienna, Calgary Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He conducted the Britten Sinfonia in a performance of Elijah at London’s Barbican Hall as well as two new operatic productions, including Turandot at Opera Lyra Ottawa and Carmen at Opera North. This season Andreas Delfs will debut with the Singapore Symphony, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestras.
Maestro Delfs has conducted numerous world premieres and has close links with many of today’s composers. He counts among his profound musical inspirations musicians such as John Corigliano, Philip Glass, Roberto Sierra, and the late Hans Werner Henze. His recent recording projects include Robert Sierra’s Missa Latina with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on the Naxos label and Beethoven Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and pianist John O’Conor on the Telarc label. Other recording projects have included a collection of sacred songs with Renée Fleming for Decca, a production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for Avie, as well as a recording of Mozart’s Requiem, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Among Delfs’ most notable operatic achievements has been his highly praised debut with the New York City Opera conducting performances of Carmen and a production of the uncut version of Hans Werner Henze’s monumental König Hirsch for the Württemberg State Theatre in Stuttgart. He led four productions at the Aspen Music Festival and gave the Swiss premiere of György Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, which received special praise from the composer.
Born in Flensburg, Germany, Andreas Delfs began studying piano and music theory at the age of five. Entering the Hamburg Conservatory, he studied with renowned conductor Christoph von Dohnányi and Aldo Ceccato. At age 20, Andreas Delfs became the youngest ever Music Director of the Hamburg University Orchestra and Musical Assistant at the Hamburg State Opera. He then moved to New York, where he studied with Jorge Mester and Sixten Ehrling at Juilliard, won the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, and completed his Master of Music degree.