Herbert Böck | © Elsa Okazaki

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Herbert Böck

Univ. Prof. for Choir & Ensemble ConductingDepartment Conducting, Choir & Wind Band Conducting
Herbert Böck received his first musical training as a Viennese choirboy under Ferdinand Großmann and Hans Gillesberger and participated as a soprano soloist in recordings of the Bach Cantatas with the Concentus Musicus under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, among others. At the Vienna University of Music he studied conducting, oboe, composition and music education.
As the artistic director of the Concentus Vocalis, he gained notoriety and awards at international competitions very early on, including first prize in the chamber choir category and - as the only Austrian choir to date - overall victory in the European Broadcasting Union competition in Helsinki in 1987. 1989 to 1998 he is artistic director of the Winer Singakademie with conducting duties at the Wiener Konzerthaus: here he conducted, among others, Bach's "B minor Mass" and "St. John Passion", Handel's "Jephtha", "Messiah", "Solomon" and "Judas Maccabaeus", Martin's oratorio "Golgotha ', Honegger's 'Le Roi David', Orff's 'Carmina Burana', Kagel's 'St. Bach Passion". Herbert Böck has been Univ.-Prof. for choir and ensemble conducting at the Mozarteum University. As chief conductor of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, the nationwide Austrian youth symphony orchestra, he won first prize at the World Youth Music Forum in Moscow in 1998. In addition to regular concerts in the Großer Musikvereinssaal and in the Wiener Konzerthaus, he conducted the Wiener Jeunesse Orchester on tours to Germany (Konzerthaus Berlin/Young Euro Classic, Kultursommer Kassel), France, Italy (Gustav Mahler Weeks Toblach/South Tyrol, Gubbio, Vicenza), in the Netherlands (Concertgebouw Amsterdam), to Serbia, to Turkey and most recently in 2013, 2015 and 2018 in Romania (Athenäum/Bucharest). His conducting activities led to collaborations with the wind ensemble of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Tonkünstler Orchestra Lower Austria, the Orchestra Santa Cecilia di  Roma, the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France, the Slovenian Philharmonic Ljubljana, the Radio Orchestra Budapest , the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Choir Cologne, the MDR Choir Leipzit, the Berlin Radio Choir and the Rias Chamber Choir Berlin.
1997 debut with Den  Norske Opera Oslo, 1998 with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He works regularly with both orchestras, including a production of Mozart's The Magic Flute at Den Norske Opera Oslo and performances of Bach's Mass in B minor with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. In 2001 he made his debuts with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. 2002 with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, 2004 with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 he was invited to the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano (Bach: Matthew Passion). Since 2009 he has worked regularly with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra (previously: Tromsø Symphony Orchestra) in Norway (Haydn: The Creation, Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat, St. John Passion, Handel: The Messiah, Mozart: Requiem). Herbert Böck has been chairman of the jury at the Spittal an der Drau International Choir Competition since 2010, and in his own capacity at the Marktoberdorf International Choir Competition in Germany since 2022.