Born into a well known Swiss musical
family, Marc Andreae studied in his native town of Zurich before
completing his professional development with Nadia Boulanger in Paris
and Franco Ferrara in Rome and Siena. In 1966 he won the
conducting competition of Rudolf Kempe and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
and 1968 the AIDEM competition in Florence.
In 1969, he was appointed
music director of the Swiss-Italian Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra, a post
he held until 1991. From 1990 until 1993 he was music- and artistic
director of the Angelicum Orchestra in Milan. Since 1989 he has been
permanent conductor of the concert series SINFONIA of the Engadine
Symphony Orchestra. In 1999/2000 he was conductor in residence with the
Symphony Orchestra Göttingen, and in 2001 he created the Orchestra
Andreae is a regular
guest-conductor in West- and East European countries, Mexico and Japan.
He leads such prestigious orchestras as the Munich– and Hamburg
Philharmonic, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, NDR-Hamburg,
WDR-Cologne, HR-Frankfurt, MDR-Leipzig, ORF-Vienna, the Bamberg-,
Prague- and Vienna Symphonies, the National Orchestra of France, the
Philharmonic of the French Radio in Paris, the National Symphony of
Belgium, the Academy Santa Cecilia in Rome, RAI Turin, the Tonhalle
Orchestra in Zurich, the Basel Symphony Orchestra , the Swiss Romande in
Geneva, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in
In Opera Andreae
specializes in German classicism and romanticism, but is also well
versed in the belcanto of Rossini and Donizetti.
Marc Andreae has
participated in famous festivals such as Salzburg, Vienna, Berlin,
Paris, Vlaanderen, Milan, Florence, Lucerne and Zurich, Ascona and
Lugano. In 1996 he lead a tour through Italy with the Berlin Symphony
Orchestra and in 1998 with the Philharmonic of Halle. He has recorded
over 50 DVDs, CDs and LPs, and was honoured by two Grand Prix du Disque
and the Lp-Techo Distinction in Tokyo. As successor of Paul Hindemith he
was designated in 1978 an honourable member of the Italian Anton
In 1999, the culture
foundation of the UBS bank, at the suggestion of Ulrich
Meyer-Schoellkopf, superintendent of the Berlin Philharmonic, conferred
upon him the honorary prize for extraordinary merits as a conductor.
In 2005, the
government of San Marino bestowed upon him the rank of “officer” of the
knightly order of Saint Agate for his long and brilliant musical career.
He has premiered one
hundred works by Feldmann, Globokar, J.Hoffman, Bamert, Beck, Glass,
Glaus, Hoch, Holliger, Kelterborn, Lehmann, Moser, Moret, F.Müller,
Vogel, Bussotti, Lombardi, Sciarrino, Urbanner, Wimberger…
Marc Andreae has
discovered and edited symphonic works by Schumann, Liszt, Tchaikovsky,
Weber, Rossini and Donizettti (C.F.Peters) and an opera by Donizetti.