[…] GNANN HAD COMPLETE CONTROL OVER THE SHAPE AND COLOR OF THE OPENING MOVEMENT, THE SOFTNESS OF THE A HELPING TO EVOKE THE QUIET OF THE FOREST WHICH MAHLER AUGMENTED WITH BIRD CALLS, OFFSTAGE TRUMPET FANFARES, AND HORN MELODIES.
[…] AS THE WORK PROGRESSED, GNANN’S ATTENTION TO DETAIL BECAME APPARENT. HE MASTERFULLY WEAVED THE THREADS OF MAHLER’S MUSIC, ALLOWING PARTS RARELY HEARD CLEARLY, SUCH AS THOSE FROM THE HARP AND BASS DRUM, ALBEIT PLAYED SOFTLY, TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SONORITY.”
- Seth Arenstein, Ionarts (Moritz Gnann debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, August 7, 2016)
Acclaimed as one of the most exciting conductors of his generation, German conductor Moritz Gnann has received outstanding reviews for his fresh approach to a wide range of symphonic and operatic repertoire ranging from renaissance to contemporary.
Mentored by Andris Nelsons, Moritz has finished a successful tenure as Assistant Conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, making his debut with the orchestra at Tanglewood in August 2016, followed by subscription concerts at Boston Symphony Hall to great critical acclaim.
As guest conductor, Moritz appears regularly in his native Germany. He works regularly with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, next in autumn 2018 for The Cunning Little Vixen after performances of Romeo et Juliette, L’elisir d’amore and Billy Budd. He is also invited regularly to the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Semperoper, most recently for Die Zauberflöte, Le Nozze di Figaro and Hänsel und Gretel and in the 2018/19 season he will make his debut with the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig.
Elsewhere, and following a successful debut with the BBC Philharmonic in December 2017 he was immediately re-invited for further concerts with this orchestra in the 2018/19 season, when he will also make his debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In January 2018 he made his Australian debut with the Australian Youth Orchestra.
Moritz Gnann started his professional career as a repetiteur and conductor at Theater Aachen before taking up a tenure at the Teatro Nacional de Saõ Carlos in Lisbon, conducting operas such as Le nozze di Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, and Trouble in Tahiti as well as various other concert programmes. As Kapellmeister and assistant to the General musikdirektor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, he conducted Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, Hänsel und Gretel, Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Rigoletto amongst 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 the musical direction of Moritz to the Opera de Rouen and to the Uijeongbu Music Theatre Festival in South Korea. He opened the 2014/15 season at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with a new production of Iannis Xenakis’s Oresteia to the highest critical acclaim.
Born in Tübingen, 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 and through close collaboration with Andris Nelsons, Donald Runnicles, Simon Rattle and Christian Thielemann. He was a regular member of the Bayreuther Festspiele from 2010 to 2016 where he worked together with Andris Nelsons on Lohengrin and Parsifal.