Ralf Weikert, conductor
Born in Austria, Ralf Weikert studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and at the Vienna Academy of Music.
In 1965, Weikert won First Prize at the “Nicolai Malko Competition” in Copenhagen, and has since received several awards, amongst others, The Karl Böhm Award, presented by the master himself.
Weikert has been Chief Conductor for Theater Bonn, and Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Opera in Zurich, and deputy General Music Director for Frankfurter Opera.
He has conducted the Wiener Staatsoper, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper München and at the Metropolitan Opera New York and San Francisco Opera.
He has frequently conducted at the Salzburger Festspiele, the Festival of Aix-en-Provence, the Bregenz Festival, and the Festival of the Arena di Verona, and the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago.
Ralf Weikert has directed operas and concerts throughout Europe, USA and South America, and as far afield as China and Japan, as well as directing numerous CD recordings, as well as radio and TV productions.
From 2004 to 2015, Ralf Weikert was Music Director at the Wagner Festival in Wels, Austria, where he conducted Parsifal, Tristan and Isolde, The Flying Dutchman, Lohengrin and Tannhäuser.