After three years as Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Moritz Gnann took up the position as assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the seasons 2015/16 and 2016/17. August 2016 marked his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood with Mozart’s “Jeunehomme” piano concerto (soloist: Nelson Freire) and Mahler’s 1st Symphony. He also conducted the orchestra in November 2016 in three subscription concerts at the Boston Symphony Hall, featuring legendary Menahem Pressler.
In addition to his activities in Boston, he keeps a close relationship with the Deutsche Oper Berlin appearing as guest conductor in various productions. He opened the 2015/16 season at the Deutsche Oper with Berlioz’ Romeo et Juliette and will conduct the revivals of L’elisir d’amore and Billy Budd in 2016/17. After a successful debut with the Staatskapelle Desden he has been reinvited to the Semperoper for Die Zauberflöte and Hänsel und Gretel.
Moritz Gnann started his professional career in 2007 when he joined the Theater Aachen as a repetiteur and conductor. Working together with Julia Jones at Teatro Nacional de Saõ Carlos in Lisbon from 2009 until 2011, he conducted operas such as Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti as well as various concert programmes. As Kapellmeister and assistant to the General Music Director at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, he conducted Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, Hänsel und Gretel, Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto and Billy Budd as well as other projects. Mahlermania, a production that combines the biography of Gustav Mahler with his music, was recorded for the European TV channel arte and was toured under his musical direction to the Opéra de Rouen and to Uijeongbu Music Theatre Festival in South Korea. Mr. Gnann opened the 2014/2015 season at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with a new production of Iannis Xenakis’ Orestia to highest critical acclaim.
Born in Tuebingen, Germany, Moritz Gnann studied conducting at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Musikhochschule Dresden, graduating with distinction. He gained further experience through active participation in masterclasses with Gianluigi Gelmetti, Sylvain Cembreling, Hartmut Haenchen, Bernard Haitink and Diego Masson.
Moritz assisted Sir Simon Rattle on Richard Wagner & Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Christian Thielemann on Der Rosenkavalier at the
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. He is a regular member of the Bayreuther Festspiele cast since 2010 where he worked together with Andris Nelsons on Lohengrin, and in 2016 on the new production of Parsifal.