Claus Peter Flor
Respected by musicians the world over as a hugely gifted conductor and for his instinctive musicianship, Claus Peter Flor continues as Music Director of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr Flor continues to work internationally at a high level and highlights of this season include his return to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Residentie Orkest, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi di Milano and the Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra among others. This season, he returns to the Vienna Symphony for concerts at the Bregenz Festival in addition.
As an opera conductor, Mr Flor continues his relationship with Theatre du Capitole Toulouse. Last season he conducted a revival of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and he will return in the following seasons for two further productions. In 2010 Mr Flor conducted the revival of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Toulouse – a production he premiered in there in 2007 as part of a Mozart cycle. This season, Mr Flor will also return to Opera National de Paris for a new production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Previous operatic collaborations include the production of Wagner’s Siegfried, directed by David McVicar, with Strasbourg Opera in 2008 and other productions with the Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, and Cologne opera houses. He has conducted Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger at La Monnaie in Brussels, taking the latter on tour to Tokyo, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Houston Grand Opera, Weber’s Euryanthe for Netherlands Opera with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Puccini’s La Bohème for Dallas Opera.
Maestro Flor has a large discography, including an acclaimed series of Mendelssohn recordings with the Bamberg Symphony, which have recently been re-issued by Sony/BMG. Most recently he has made three recordings with the Malaysian Philharmonic for BIS label; Suk’s Asrael Symphony released in 2009 and Dvorak’s Symphonies No.7 and 8 released in 2012.
Born in Leipzig in 1953, Mr Flor began his musical career with violin tuition in Weimar and Leipzig, before focusing on conducting with Rolf Reuter and later on with both Rafael Kubelik and Kurt Sanderling. At the age of 31 he became General Music Director of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and also began regular associations at this time with the other major German orchestras: the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Dresden Staatskapelle. In 1988 he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he has since returned twice.
Prior to his position as Music Director of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr Flor held the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (2003-08) at the personal invitation of their Music Director Riccardo Chailly, with a remit to develop the orchestra’s work in the central European repertoire. From 1999-2008 he was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra (1991-4) and Artistic Advisor to the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra (1991-96).