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Niels MUUS CONDUCTOR

BIOGRAPHY

Danish conductor and pianist Niels Muus was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1958.
He was educated at the Royal Academy of Music, Denmark, and later studies at places such as Convervatorio San Martino (Bologna), Mozarteum (Salzburg) as well as California State University (Los Angels) with Franco Ferrara, Carlo Zecchi, Tatjana Nikolajewna and Jakob Gimpel.
In 1992-1999, Niels Muus was Principal conductor at the Tiroler Landestheater, Innsbruck. Besides being responsible of the development of one of the "most prolific European opera ensembles", he conducted several operas to a great international acclaim. Most notably, Carl Nielsen' "Maskarade" ? a performance that led to the new National Edition of the composer's complete works:- and Ruud Langgaard's "Antikrist"- The recording of this world premiere was selected as "Critics Choice" for the best opera recording of 2000 in the classical music magazine "Gramophone". In 1999-2003, Niels Muus was engaged as a conductor and casting director at the Volksoper Wien.
As a symphonic conductor Niels Muus has given performances in concert halls such as Berliner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Academia di Santa Cecilia, Theatre des Champs Elysees, Walt Disney Concert Hall-Los Angeles, Tokyo Bunkakaikan,
Tokyo Opera City, Accademia Santa Cecilia and Tivoli Copenhagen. With the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, he enjoys a long time relationship that has resulted in several broadcasts and recordings. Recognized as an expert in Italian opera Niels Muus has an extensive activity at italian opera houses and has conducted major productions around the world:-Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore" at the Macerata Festival (worldwide broadcasted by the RAI, DVD by TDK, "Critics pick" in The New York Times), Rossini's "L'Assedio di Corinto" in Corinth, Greece for the Culture Olympics, Dvoraks "Rusalka" in Moscow and Verdi's "Aida" in Bejing.
As the artistic producer/pianist for "La Pastorella" CD with the Preiser Records, he has been responsible in discovering some unknown and less known Italian songs and was nominated for the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik in 2005. For the same company Niels Muus recorded the CD "Female Portraits". A new CD with a collection of italian art songs has been released spring 2008 from the italian label Dynamic.
Niels Muus has given master classes in institutions such as Conservatorio Monteverdi (Bolzano), Opera Hogskolan (Gothenburg), Netherlands Opera Studio (Amsterdam), and has been jury-member in many major international competitions such as Belvedere (Vienna), Concorso Toti dal Monte (Rovigo) and "Musician of the future"(Dublin). Currently he acts as the chairman of the jury of the "Concurso de Composicion Musical Association des Orchestras Symphoniques Espanol" (Madrid). Since 2005 Niels Muus is the musical director at the "Musikfestival Steyr", and from 2008 the same position for the yearly Schubert Festival in the same city. He is furthermore artistic director of the "Vienna Secession Players" and for the "Otto Edelmann Society".
Niels Muus is currently board member of the "Fundacion Valparaiso" Spain. In collaboration with internationally renowned Swedish musicologist Anders Wiklund he has rediscovered the opera "Die Heimkehr des Verbannten" (1844) by Otto von Nicolai. A full critical edition is under preparation.