Richard-Strauss-Festival @ Schloss Elmau

"Fascination of the Alps"
Alexander Liebreich
Felix Neureuther

The charming German ski star Felix Neureuther and the committed sports fan Alexander Liebreich dedicate themselves to the topic "Fascination Alps". A place of nostalgia for one, a living space for the other, a projection screen of dreams motivated by tourism and a homeland defied by nature - the Alps have many aspects and mean something different for anyone. Their fascination continues to have an unbroken effect on those who get involved with them. Look forward to a relaxed talk entitled "Sport meets Culture".

Bus transfer GAP - Elmau - GAP can be booked additionally.


Alexander Liebreich © Bartek Barczyk
Alexander Liebreich © Bartek Barczyk

Alexander LiebreichIn December 2017, Alexander Liebreich was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague; he will take up office in September 2018. Since September 2012, Alexander Liebreich has been Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR). In 2014, he inaugurated the new concert hall in Katowice with the ensemble. On the opening night, Johannes Brahms’s First Piano Concerto with Krystian Zimerman was on the program among others. As part of his collaboration with the orchestra and the label Accentus Music, three recordings with a repertoire of great Polish composers have appeared. The third CD with works by Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski won the International Classical Music Award 2017 in the category “Best Collection”.

Since May 2015, Alexander Liebreich is Artistic Director of the Katowice Kultura Natura Music Festival, which has already had guests like the Rias Chamber Choir, the Academy of Early Music Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In May 2018, Leif Ove Andsnes, the Quatuor Ebène and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich are expected to perform for the 4th edition of the festival. In 2018, Liebreich will take over the position of Artistic Director of the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

From 2006 to 2016 Liebreich was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra (MKO). The first CD of the ensemble with works by Joseph Haydn and Isang Yun under his direction was received enthusiastically by the critics during its release in January 2008; 2009 followed a Bach CD with Hilary Hahn, Christine Schäfer and Matthias Goerne for the Deutsche Grammophon. The recording with the MKO of Tigran Mansurian’s “Requiem” (2017, ECM Records) with the RIAS Chamber Choir was honored with the Recording Academy nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards as well as by the jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA).

As one of Germany’s leading conductors, Alexander Liebreich is at home on the big concert stages in the world. As a guest conductor, he has collaborated with many top-class orchestras, including the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchester National de Belgique, the Rundfunk-Symphonieorchester Berlin, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Orchester Philharmonique de Luxembourg, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Current and future commitments include debuts with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Orquesta de Valencia, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Essen Philharmonic, the Staatsorchester Stuttgart, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

Liebreich has performed with outstanding soloists such as Lisa Batiashvili, Krystian Zimerman, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Gautier Capuçon, Leila Josefowicz and Isabelle Faust.

In addition to his concerts and opera productions, Liebreich has also built up a reputation with innovative projects. In 2011, he was the first European Artistic Director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) in South Korea, one of the largest and most important music festivals in Asia. To promote intercultural encounters, he launched the East-West Residence Program and invited artists like Heiner Goebbels, Unsuk Chin, Martin Grubinger, Toshio Hosokawa, and Beat Furrer to South Korea.

In October 2016 Alexander Liebreich was awarded the special prize of the Kulturpreis Bayern 2016.

As a native of Regensburg Alexander Liebreich studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and the Salzburg Mozarteum. He gained his first artistic experience with Claudio Abbado and Michael Gielen.


Felix Neureuther © Foto Bogner
Felix Neureuther © Foto Bogner

Felix NeureutherIf Felix Neureuther had his genome decoded, the existence of a slalom gene would probably have been scientifically proven. Mother Rosi Mittermaier was an Olympic champion, world champion and overall World Cup winner as well as father Christian Neureuther as 6 times World Cup winner and – like his son – winner in Kitzbühel and Wengen. The highest championship in the most technically demanding field of skiing lies here in the family.
Felix Neureuther was born in Munich in 1984 and was skiing for the first time at the age of two and a half. At the age of three he won the first race at the Children’s Ski Club Championships of SC Partenkirchen. From then on, skiing never let him go. From the German Youth Championship to top positions and 13 victories in the World Cup to his five World Championship medals, the track record of this likeable top athlete ranges.
But Felix Neureuther not only knows the brilliant side of racing, in the course of his impressive career he has also learned about setbacks and injury-related time-outs. The hope of a start at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang was not fulfilled due to a serious injury. The fact that he nevertheless works on himself and his career with great discipline, positive attitude and great motivation makes him not only successful, but also a role model for many.
As ambassador of “fit4future” Felix Neureuther is committed to promoting physical and mental fitness from a childhood on. “As a top athlete, I learned to fight. I have learned through training and work to achieve goals, to educate myself further and to grow. That’s why I decided to pass on all my experiences and knowledge to children with my own “fit4future”-project “Move smart!”. To motivate children to do more sports, to positively influence their lifestyle and habits in the long term”.
Felix Neureuther lives with his wife, the biathlete Miriam Neureuther, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Whether the slalom gene will also become apparent in the next generation may soon become apparent. The couple has a little daughter.