General Music Director Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra and Opera (from 2021/22)
Conductor, composer and pianist Patrick Hahn was born in 1995 in Graz, Austria and has already established himself as one of the most promising artists of his generation. Patrick’s international presence has grown exponentially in recent seasons in both the concert hall and opera house, with important engagements including dates with the Münchner Philharmoniker, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Wiener Symphoniker and Bayerische Staatsoper. From the season 2021/22 he will take up the position of General Music Director of the Wuppertaler Bühnen und Sinfonieorchester GmbH, becoming the youngest GMD in Germany.
As conductor, he has performed with major orchestras and opera houses including the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears, the Opéra de Rouen Normandie, the Bavarian State Opera Munich, the Hamburg State Opera, and the Tyrolean Festival Erl. Within the field of contemporary music he has a close relationship with Klangforum Wien.
As a pianist, he performed with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg or as a Lied accompanist in the Vienna Musikverein, for the season 2017/18 he was also a solo repetitor at the Hamburg State Opera. In close collaboration with Kirill Petrenko, he was musically responsible for the 2019 new productions of Salome and Die Tote Stadt at the Bavarian State Opera as well as Fidelio at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
Next to his studies in piano and conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, he was invited to master classes with Kurt Masur, Bernard Haitink, and as a Conducting Fellow to the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Patrick’s first composition was an opera, Die Frittatensuppe, which he premiered in 2008. In 2013 he was awarded the 2nd prize from 170 submissions worldwide for his composition Ameraustrica at the 2013 Penfield Music Commission Project Contest (New York, USA). As a composer and arranger he has published music with Tierolff Muziekcentrale (Roosendaal, The Netherlands) as well as Helbling (Innsbruck, Austria).
Aside from his work in classical music, Patrick has a keen interest in both cabaret-songs, by the Austrian satirist and composer Georg Kreisler, as well as in jazz music, having received awards as a pianist at jazz festivals such as Chicago, and the ‘Outstanding Soloist Award’ from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as the best jazz pianist of the 37th Annual Jazz Festival.
Patrick received his vocal training and musical experience from a young age in various opera houses throughout Austria. He studied piano with Maria Zgubic and orchestral conducting with Martin Sieghart, Wolfgang Bozic and Johannes Prinz at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria.