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Dorian Keilhack

Dorian Keilhack

Dorian Keilhack is a European pianist and conductor who has toured worldwide and offers master classes for singers, other musicians and teachers of music.



P. Norgard: Der Gottliche Tivoli
P. Norgard: Der Gottliche Tivoli
Der göttliche Tivoli is Per Nørgård’s biographical account of the life of Adolf Wölfli. 

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Conductor and pianist, Dorian Keilhack comes from a family of musicians whose roots stretch throughout Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Israel.

Dorian Keilhack studied piano and conducting at the University of Nuremberg, Freiburg and the Juilliard School in New York under such professors as Werner Andreas Albert, Otto Werner Müller and Ulrich Weder. Further to this, he found himself greatly inspired by such musicians as Leon Fleisher, Christoph Eschenbach and Georg Schmöhe.

Many prize wins at international piano competitions led Keilhack to his career as a pianist which included tours across Europe, South America, Canada and the United States. As a soloist he performed with such orchestras as Gewandhaus Leipzig, MDR Radio Symphony, the BBC Welsh Symphony, and Krakow Philharmonic, Jenaer Philharmonic and Dortmund Philharmonic.

From 1998 to 1999, Dorian Keilhack worked as a music coach at the State theatre in Nuremberg and later in 1999, Intendantin Brigitte Fasbaender and music director Georg Schmöhe offered him the position of assistant to the music director, coach and conductor (‘Kapellmeister'). There he conducted operas, operetta and musicals. As specialist of New Music he conducted many contemporary operas in Nuremerg and also travelled to Salzburg and Vienna to conduct in this capacity. From 2005 to 2008 Dorian Keilhack worked at the Erfurt Opera where he was Kapellmeister and chief coach.

 In 2003 the Tirol Ensemble for New Music elected Dorian Keilhack as its new music director and soon after, he and his ensemble performed in Austria and abroad, specialising in works from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Augenspieltheater Hall invited Keilhack and his ensemble to perform Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex, a performance which went on to win the Austrian government's prize for best opera production of the year. In 2008, Keilhack took up the position of ‘Kapellmeister' at the Bern theatre in Switzerland and in the same year, gave his debut at the Zürich Festival with the orchestra ‘Collegium Novum Zürich'.

Since 2001, Keilhack has conducted many different orchestras including Regensburg, Lübeck, Mannheim, Schwerin, Meiningen, Bonn and Würzburg Philharmonic. His repertoire now includes over 50 operas as well as standard symphonic repertoire.

In 2009 he joined with the Würzburg Orchestra, conducting a concert at the international Mozart Festival Würzburg and in May 2010 he gave his debut with the ‘Niederschlesisches Staatsorchester' in Jelenia Gora, Poland. During the same year, he conducted a recording of Per Norgard's ‘Der göttliche Tivoli'.

Since 2000, Dorian Keilhack has taught master classes for singers, other musicians and teachers at Miami Frost University's summer program as a guest professor.