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The versatile conductor Ralf Kircher was born in Klagenfurt, Austria. He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: composition, orchestral conducting and percussion – in 1994 he was awarded his diploma with Highest Distinction. Already as a student, he played timpani and percussion in the mayor Viennese orchestras, mainly the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. Additionally, Kircher has also frequently appeared as a percussion soloist, performing in the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein. In 1998 he joined the renowned conducting class at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki under Leif Segerstam, with whom he remained for three years, obtaining his conducting diploma with Distinguished Grades. In synch with these studies he held a vacancy as a timpanist in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, later on he concentrated on his conducting career solely. In 2004 Ralf Kircher was awarded the international Chivas Baton Conductor Award.


He is regularily conducting Finland’s as well as Scandinavia’s leading orchestras, among them the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Symphony, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Oulu Symphony OrchestraSwedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

Other European engagements include performances with the Brucknerorchester Linz, the Maribor Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra – the latter appointed him chief guest conductor in 2009 /2010.


Kircher is frequently appearing outside Europe as well: repeatedly he has been performing with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra (China), last autumn he conducted a serial of concerts with the Guangxi Symphony Orchestra (China) and the Hebei Symphony Orchestra (China).

Ralf Kircher participated at the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Wagner Tristan and Isolde, Mussorgsky Boris Godunov) and has also been conducting in various productions of the Finnish National Opera (Adams The Death of Klinghoffer, Strauss Arabella, Mozart The Abduction from the Seraglio) and the Royal Opera of Stockholm (Wagner Valkyria). He made his Central European opera debut in Prague at the Prague National Theatre, successfully stepping in for the season premiere of J. Adam’s opera The Death of Klinghoffer. He has conducted frequently at other opera houses all over Europe, among them the West Coast Kokkola Opera (Strauss The Bat, Berg Lulu) or in the Stadttheater Klagenfurt (Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri, Berlioz The Damnation of Faust). During spring 2012 he appeared for the first time at the Malmö Opera (Wagner Parsifal) and was immediately re-invited for the following season (opening concert, Mozart The Magic Flute, Puccini Le Villi). During the last two seasons, Kircher was engaged at the Malmö Opera as first Kapellmeister (new productions of Massenet Manon, Puccini La Boheme, Strauss Der Rosenkavalier, Rossini Le Comte Ory, Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel, Verdi Aida, Francesconi Quartett). Additionally, Kircher conducted a new production of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera at the Jyväskylä Opera.




Deep passion for contemporary music has always been a driving force in Kircher’s work: one of the highlights was his performance of the world première of Leif Segerstam´s 101 Symphony with the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2,500 seat National Concert of Taiwan, and his additional cooperation with Maestro Leif Segerstam for the Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Music Festival in Poland. He first performed the Finnish opera Sulka (by Tapani Länsiö) at the Finnish National Opera; under Kircher’s baton, Luca Francesconi’s Quartett saw its first Scandinavian performance at the Malmö opera. Numerous first performances of orchestra pieces strikingly complete this vivid picture (i. a. M. Lindberg, E. Rautavaara, K. Roustom).

Ralf Kircher’s enjoyment of diversity shows clearly because of his soft spot for operettas and musicals. He is a well sought-after conductor of “Viennese Music” all over Scandinavia.


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