David Schlager | Conductor

„… at first glance he [David Schlager] reminds a little of Kurt Masur … comparingly little gestures … if you talk to him, you feel how much he burns for his profession.“ Leipziger Volkszeitung

Austrian-born David Schlager is a conductor of great flexibility recognized for his elegant conducting style, searching musical intellect and inspirational music-making.

Recent competition success has seen him winning the First Prize at Blue Danube Opera Conducting Competition (Bulgaria) performing excerpts from Die Zauberflöte, Rigoletto and finally Tosca as full-staged performance at State Opera Stara Zagora, affirmed by tumultuous applause and standing ovations. At the 2023 Concorso Luigi Mancinelli in Orvieto David Schlager has been awarded the 3rd Prize (no first assigned) persuading with excerpts of Verdi’s Un Ballo in maschera. He further reached the finals at the 2022 Ionel Perlea International Conducting Competition in Slobozia (Romania) and was awarded 2nd price, leading to engagements with Sibiu State Philharmonic, Romanian Opera Craiova as well as Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra performing works by Liszt and Bruckner.

Previously David Schlager had already joined various orchestras such as the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra at Gewandhaus, the Josef Haydn Orchestra, Young Philharmonic Vienna, Europe United Orchestra, the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra as well as the Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria) following a masterclass’ final concert at Teatro Niccolini in Florence, where the conductor gained international attention.

His widely ranged operatic repertoire sets a specific focus on the works by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini. Schlager’s operatic highlights include his recent debut with Tosca at State Opera Stara Zagora, a production of Zigeuerbaron at Craiova Romanian Opera with tour performances to Germany as well as Humperdinck’s Hänsel & Gretel for “Das Opernkarussell”. Further operas and operettas performed in Graz were Elisir d’amore, Così fan tutte, Merry Widow, Csardasfürstin, The merry wives of Windsor and Im weißen Rössl.

In 2021 founded David Schlager his own orchestra, the Styrian Chamber Philharmonic, and serves as its artistic director. In addition to his work as a conductor, the versatile artist is an active recital and concert singer as well as an acclaimed organist.

At the age of twenty-one he began to make music with singers and musicians from his homeland resulting in performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Born in Leoben, he studied conducting and accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Martin Sieghart, Marc Piollet and Günter Fruhmann. In 2020 he was awarded the university’s honorary prize.