Azis Sadikovic

"The Brandenburg State Orchestra from Frankfurt (Oder), under the direction of Azis Sadikovic with a Mozart line-up of almost 30 musicians, produces a lush Wagner sound. At the end, during the funeral march, the orchestra turns up a lot and the layering of various motifs is missing at the end nothing either. You can feel how intense Wagner must have sounded 100 years ago, when even the smallest city theaters had the "Ring" in their repertoire."  (Abendzeitung Munich)


Azis Sadikovic was born in Vienna in 1983 and studied conducting with Prof. Georg Mark and violin with Prof. Werner Hink (concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic) at the Vienna Conservatory, where he graduated with distinction in 2008. He took part in master classes with Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Peter Eötvös, Yakov Kreizberg, Kurt Masur, Colin Metters, Günter Neuhold and Nicolàs Pasquet and worked with artists such as Elisabeth Leonskaja, Julia Fischer, Bobby McFerrin and Pavel Vernikov.
In 2012 he won the Concurso Jovens Maestros 2013 in Lisbon/Portugal and was awarded the 3rd prize and the bronze baton at the renowned Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition 2012 in Katowice/Poland. He was the 2nd prize winner at the Solti International Conducting Competition 2017 in Hungary.

Azis Sadikovic has directed the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Danish National Radio Orchestra, the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Jena Philharmonic, the Jyväskylä Sinfonia Finlandia, the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda and the Symphony Orchestra of the National Theater Prague. With orchestras such as the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt/Oder, the Croatian Chamber Orchestra, the Filharmonia Slaska, the Innviertel Symphony Orchestra, the Cracow Philharmonic, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the Slovenská filharmónija, he performed an extensive symphonic repertoire. In 2020/21 he opened the season with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich.

Azis Sadikovic developed an extensive opera-repertoire, from Gluck's 'Orfeo et Eurydice' to Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' and Beethoven's 'Fidelio' to Wagner's 'Tannhäuser' at the National Theater in Prague and the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg , at the Darmstadt State Theater, at the Klagenfurt City Theater. He worked with directors such as Keith Warner and Katharina Wagner. In 2015 he assisted at the Teatro dell ’Opera di Roma in ‘Die Bassariden’ by Hans Werner Henze. In 2013 he conducted the new production of Strauss  ’Ariadne auf Naxos ’with prominent cast at Palais Schönburg, and in 2011 the first performance of Polgar’s ‘Das Budapest Verhör’ at the Theater am Nestroyhof.

In 2018 he made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the children's opera with a special edition of the ‘Ring des Nibelungen’. As part of this project, he followed the invitation to Bayreuth again in 2019, 2021 and 2022.

Azis Sadikovic worked with numerous members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic. Soloists with him included Jonas Kaufmann, Christopher Ventris, Stephen Gould, Julian Rachlin, Andreas Schager, Elena Maximova, Bo Skovhus, René Pape, Hila Fahima, Kristin Lewis, Natalia Ushakova, Florian Boesch, Mojca Erdmann and Tomasz Konieczny.
The performance of contemporary works plays an important role for him. Azis Sadikovic performed at the Voix Nouvelles Festival in Royaumont/France, with the Ensemble Linea/Strasbourg and the Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble/Switzerland.

New ways of conveying music are important to Azis Sadikovic. He worked with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie in Saarbrücken/Kaiserslautern in January 2020 and will be a guest again with the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Niederösterreich in the 2021/22 season.

His symphonic repertoire ranges from Isaac Albeniz to Erich Zoubek and includes the classical romantic as well as the modern concert repertoire. With a great musical instinct, he also discovered rarely performed pieces by the composers Albeniz and Zoubeck.

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