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Constantin Trinks

Constantin Trinks conductor

Constantin Trinks was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, and studied conducting at the Conservatory of his hometown with Wolf-Dieter Hauschild and piano with Günter Reinhold. Major musical influences came from Thomas Hengelbrock and Christian Thielemann combining important insights into historically informed performance practice as well as a strong romantic line.

Trinks’ talent arose quickly and he joined the Saarländisches Staatstheater in 2002 to ascend within a few years into the position of an interim music director from 2006 to 2009. Deeply rooted in the German Kapellmeister tradition, Trinks remains a true musican, open to a wide-ranging repertoire he installed in Saarbrücken: Nono's Intolleranza 1960, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Das Rheingold, Lohengrin, Salome, Carmen, Don Carlo, La Traviata, Cavalleria rusticana, I pagliacci, Kullervo (Sallinen) and the European premiere of The First Emperor by Tan Dun.

In 2009 Trinks was appointed Music Director at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, initiating his first Der Ring des Nibelungen, acclaimed by the international press, and to be followed by Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Parsifal, Fidelio, Aida as well as the world premiere of Orff's early work Gisei (available on DVD) in combination with De temporum fine comoedia. Trinks was brought to international attention with his first Der Rosenkavalier for the centenary at Semperoper Dresden and almost simultaneously at the Bavarian State Opera with Renée Fleming.

Constantin Trinks is a regular guest at many of the major opera houses, such as Semperoper Dresden, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Theater an der Wien, Vienna State Opera, Staatsoper Hamburg, Opéra national de Paris, New National Theatre Tokyo, Frankfurt Opera and Opernhaus Zürich. Much recognised was the rediscovery of Jaromír Weinberger's Schwanda, the Bagpiper, which Trinks brought out at the Semperoper Dresden in March 2012 (also published on CD by Profil Edition Hänssler).

Recognized as a refined Wagner conductor, Trinks celebrated the Wagner Bicentenary 2013 conducting Der fliegende Holländer in Dresden (premiered there 150 years before), Tannhäuser in Tokyo, Strasbourg, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Frankfurt as well as Wagners first opera Das Liebesverbot at the Bayreuth Festival. The young conductor is one of the rare musicians having conducted staged productions of the entire Wagner, including Tristan und Isolde in February 2015 in Sofia.

In the season 2015/2016 Constantin Trinks returned to conduct Così fan tutte and Arabella at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, as well as Das Liebesverbot at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg. The Zurich Opera welcomed him again for a series of The Turn of the Screw and in Vienna he opened the season conducting Marschner’s Hans Heiling.

But Constantin Trinks is as well a refined symphonist. In the past he has conducted orchestras such as the HR-Sinfonieorchester, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic orchestra, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, RSO Wien and Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Before being a guest of the Barcelona Symphony, the Malaysia Philharmonic and Hongkong Philharmonic, Constantin gave his debut this fall with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio and after an acclaimed debut with the Munich Philharmonic this summer, he will return there for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in December.

Following his acclaimed recording of Weinbergers’ Svanda Dudak (Staatskapelle Dresden) his recent recording of the Symphony by Hans Rott – an important predecessor to Mahler – live from Salzburg, has received numerous prizes.

september 2016


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