Philipp von Steinaecker
Philipp von Steinaecker // Cello

What do you do before a performance?
Sleep, eat a banana, in case it feels necessary: drink coffee.

If you could play another instrument what would it be?
Piano, sing.

The most inspiring composer:
The one? Schumann, Wagner, Bach, Monteverdi, Schönberg, Sibelius…

How do you spend your free time?

Reading, skiing, hiking.

What’s the last book you read?

Prokofiev Diaries.

Philipp von Steinaecker is a founding member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as well as a member of Claudio Abbado’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. He has won the first Melgaard OAE Young Conductor Auditions and was subsequently the assistant conductor of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for one year. Philipp is also founder and conductor of the Bolzano-based orchestra Musica Saeculorum which plays on original instruments.

In November 2010 he stepped in at the last minute to conduct the season opening of the Orchestra della Toscana in Florence and has since led Camerata Salzburg, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, and the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano. He has also conducted the orchestra concerts of the Gustav Mahler Academy in Bolzano since 2010. In 2011/2012 he conducts the Haydn Orchester Bozen, the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo, the Sinfonica Siciliana di Palermo, the Filarmonica di Torino, the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and, as part of the Schönberg Experience, the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. He is assistant to Sir John Eliot Gardiner and has also been assisting Daniel Harding, Sir Simon Rattle and Vladimir Jurowsky on various occasions.

Philipp von Steinaecker founded and conducts the Bolzano-based, international, period instrument orchestra Musica Saeculorum, which members come from all over Europe. Many of Musica Saeculorum’s concerts have been recorded for the Austrian radio station Ö1 and have later appeared as CDs on the ORF label Alte Musik. Amongst them is Handel’s Messiah, a CD with Bach cantatas, and a program for a Salon Orchestra. In the upcoming season Musica Saeculorum will play at the Barocktage Stift Melk in Austria and at the Cologne Philharmonie.  

Together with his wife, the flutist Chiara Tonelli, he is founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Festival at Castel Presule near Bolzano, Italy. The festival has presented such musicians as Camilla Tilling, Christian Tetzlaff, and Christophe Coin, as well as members of the Artemis, Vogler, Kuss and Eroica Quartets.

Philipp grew up in Hamburg and was a member of both the German National Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He studied in Vienna, with the late Harvey Shapiro at the Juilliard School in New York and with Christophe Coin at the CNSM in Paris. He studied conducting with Mark Stringer at the Vienna Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst.