Stefan Veselka - Conductor/Pianist
Was born in Stavanger, Norway as the son of Czech parents and is considered to be one of the most successful Norwegian artists of his generation. He studied piano at the "Mozarteum" in Salzburg, moving in 1988 to the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, where he successfully completed his studies. Following his debut in 1985 , he made numerous successful appearances as a soloist and as a chamber musician throughout Europe, Japan and the U.S.A. He has been a prize winner in several national and international piano competitions, including the “European Piano Competition in Luxemburg”, the "Beethoven International Piano Competition” in Vienna and the "A. Schnabel Competition" in Berlin.
He has collaborated with well known orchestras and conductors in important festivals and in major concert venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Musikverein Wien, and Bridewater Hall and festivals in Bergen, Elverum and Stavanger, at the Berliner Festwochen, at the Ruhr Festival, Festival de Musique Divonne, Schubertiade Feldkirch, Moravian Spring and Piano 2000 Festival.
His recordings for various companies include releases of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Debussy, Lutoslawski, Strauss, Webern and Valen. For the Antonin Dvorak anniversary 2004 he recorded the complete piano works for NAXOS, for which he was awarded the Classical Internet Award 2004.
Following his conducting studies, Stefan Veselka has been working as a conductor with appearances in opera houses and concerts in several countries and cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, Bremerhaven, Brno, Flensburg, Karlsruhe, Manchester, Münster, Osnabrück, Ulm and Stuttgart. He has already conducted a large amount of operas such as Don Giovanni, Werther, Manon, Aida, L`elisir d’Amore, Tosca and Lohengrin.
As a part of the Culture capital of Europe he conducted the
Shell –Gala in Stavanger 2008.
In 2007 he conducted a highly successful production of Rusalka for Opera Zuid in Maastricht. After this he has become a regular guest conductor there conducting La Fille du Regiment in 2008, Hänsel and Gretel in 2010 and L’elisir d’amore in 2011.
Highlights were his debut in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the Brabant Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011 and the production of Katja Kabanova with stage director Harry Kupfer which was invited to the Leos - Janacek- Festival 2012 in Brno.
Stefan Veselka is principal conductor at the opera in Münster from 2014.
Upcoming highlights are new productions of "Benvenuto Cellini", "The Bartered Bride", "Der Freischütz", "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" and "Tosca" as well as returning to the Orlando Festival 2014.