Originally trained as a violinist, SASCHA GOETZEL began his orchestral career in close contact with great conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Seiji Ozawa. After his debut with several Austrian orchestras, he completed highly successful guest appearances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Tokyo, Sapporo and Nagoya and the State Philharmonic of the Rhineland-Pfalz. Until 2013, he was Chief Conductor of the Finnish Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Orchestra. From 2012/2013, he was appointed Primary guest conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra. Sascha Goetzel is an experienced opera conductor and conducted a Da Ponte cycle and La Bohème at the Tyrolean State Theatre. At the Mariinsky Theatre he directed Don Giovanni and at the Festival Attersee Klassik Così fan tutte, The Nutcracker at the Vienna State Opera as well as numerous opera and operetta performances at the Vienna Volksoper. At the Wiener Staatsoper he conducted Nussknacker, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Pinocchio.