CORNELIUS MEISTER was born in 1980 in Hannover. He studied piano and conducting in Hannover under Konrad Meister, Martin Brauß and Eiji Oue as well as at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under Dennis Russel Davies, Jorge Rotter and Karl Kamper. Since September 2010, he is the Chief Conductor and artistic director of the ORF Radio-Symphony Orchestra in Vienna. He regularly performs at the Vienna Musikverein and the Konzerthaus. Extensive concert tours took him to Japan and Europe, among others to the Salzburger Festivals. In summer 2012, Cornelius Meister completed his 7-year engagement as General Music Director of the Theater and Philharmonic Orchestra in Heidelberg. Already at the age of 21, he gave his debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the New National Opera Tokyo, the San Francisco Opera, the Deutschen Oper Berlin, the Theater an der Wien, the Königlichen Oper Kopenhagen and the Semperoper in Dresden. Current opera projects include performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, at the Semperoper in Dresden, in Berlin and at the Lettischen Nationaloper Riga. He gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper with the Magic Flute and has since conducted Die Walküre, Arabella, Ariadne auf Naxos and Don Giovanni.