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O.Univ.Prof. Mag. Wolfgang Holzmair

University Professor in Lied and Oratorio

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg


Wolfgang Holzmair was born in Vöcklabruck in Austria and studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts with Hilde Rössel-Majdan (voice) and Erik Werba (lied).

Particularly noted for his intelligent and committed performances of Lieder, Wolfgang Holzmair performs in recital throughout the world. In 2003/2004 he appeared, inter alia, in London, Lisbon, New York, Ottawa, Graz, Vienna, and at the Risör and Bregenz festivals.
Plans for 2004/2005 include recitals in New York, Washington, Dublin, London, Vienna and at the Bath Festival (UK), Menuhin Festival (Switzerland) and Carinthian Summer Festival (Austria). Pianists he works with regularly include Imogen Cooper, Till Fellner, Russell Ryan and Gérard Wyss.

Holzmair is also active in the opera world. He recently appeared as Pelléas at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris) under Haitink, as Enrico in Haydn`s Isola disabitata in Lyon under Holliger, and as the Count in Capriccio in Cagliari under Frühbeck de Burgos. In addition to the title role in a new Casanova opera composed for the Mehuhin Festival Gstaad by Daniel Schnyder, Wolfgang Holzmair`s forthcoming roles include Speaker of the Temple in Die Zauberflöte at Opéra Bastille (Paris), Papageno in Dallas, and the Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos in Palermo.

Equally in demand on the concert platform, he has sung with leading European and American orchestras, such as the Israel Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cleveland and Concertgebouw Orchestras, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, etc. under eminent conductors including Blomstedt, Boulez, Chailly, von Dohnany, Frühbeck, de Burgos, Haitink, Harnoncourt, Norrington, Ozawa.
In 2003/2004 he sang Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Minnesota Orchestra under Kreizberg, orchestrated Schubert songs with the Orchestra of St. Luke`s at Carnegie Hall under Norrington, and Mahler`s Das Lied von der Erde at the Vienna Festival. Future plans include appearances with Akademie für alte Musik Berlin at the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt and in Berlin, with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Kreizberg, the RSO Berlin under Janovsky, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Hickox.

Wolfgang Holzmair has an extensive discography, and his recordings have met with critical acclaim. His numerous recordings include lieder by Clara and Robert Schumann and Eichendorff songs by various composers, all with Imogen Cooper (Philips), various Schubert recordings with Gérard Wyss (Tudor), Pelléas et Mélisande with Haitink and the Orchestre National de France (Naive), and Brahms` Ein deutsches Requiem with Herbert Blomstedt (which won a Grammy award).

Since 1998 he has taught lied and oratorio at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg and given master classes in Europe and North America.