Born in Austria, as a conductor, organist, and composer, Martin Haselböck has distinguished himself in many diverse ways in international music life. After studies in Vienna and Paris, and winning international competitions, he earned first an outstanding reputation as a solo organist, performing under the direction of conductors Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Muti, and Stein, as well as making over fifty solo CDs.
While in his official role as Court Organist for Vienna and responsible for an extensive repertoire of classical church music, Martin Haselböck began an intense commitment to conducting. This led to his founding in 1985 the now-famous Vienna Akademie Ensemble. With this orchestra, he established a year-round cycle of concerts for the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in the Great Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. It has now become a favorite of guest artists from the music centers of Europe and Japan.
Over 60 CDs, with repertoire from Baroque to 20th century vocal and instrumental works under the direction of Martin Haselböck, have been released. Such a prodigious output of excellent recordings has earned him the Deutsches Schallplatten critics’ prize as well as the Hungarian Liszt Prize.
Martin Haselböck has also been a guest conductor for numerous orchestras : Vienna Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Dresdner Philharmonie, Flemish National Philharmonic, Radio Orchestra Hilversum, and the National Philharmonics of Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Over the past year in the USA, he made his conducting debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. By now, the main focus of his work lies in the exchange between Baroque and Classical works. With the Hamburger Symphoniker, he leads a yearly cycle with works of Viennese classics in the Hamburg Musikhalle. With numerous festivals–those of the Cologne Philharmonic, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, MozartFest in Würzburg-he has been a guest with his Wiener Akademie as Artist-In-Residence. Slated also in the next two seasons are symphonic guest conducting engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony-the last two being debuts.
Since his debut with the Händel Festival in Göttingen, Martin Haselböck’s career as an opera conductor is also unfolding. He has conducted several times at the Zürich Opera, and he performed Mozart operas in new productions in the Theatre im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen for the first time in Germany with historic instruments. His Don Giovanni in 1991 earned him the Mozart Prize of the City of Prague. In 2000-2001 he created with the Wiener Akademie new productions of Georg Frideric Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Gassmann’s La Contessina, and Haydn’s Die Feuersbrunst. 2002 followed with the first productions with the Festival in Schwetzingen (Benda’s Il buon marito) and Salzburg (G.F. Handel’s Radamisto). In 2004, he will lead productions of G.F. Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo (Salzburger Festspiel), Mozart’s Il re pastore (Klangbogen Wien), G.F. Handel’s Radamisto (touring to Spain, Istanbul, Venice, Israel Festival, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam), and a concert version of Nicola Porpora’s Il Gedeone for Musica Angelica in Los Angeles.
When not conducting, Martin Haselböck is busy unearthing long lost vocal/instrumental works in the dusty archives of Kiev and Vienna, finding unpublished gems by Biber, Nicola Porpora, Johann Joseph Fux, Muffat, and the Bach family. These he transcribes and resurrects in historical re-creations for his Wiener Akademie Ensemble and festivals around the world.