Peter Ruzicka

Managing Director and Intendant @ Salzburg Easter Festival

Prof. Dr. Peter Ruzicka took over the Salzburg Easter Festival on 1 July 2015 as Managing Director and Intendant. The renowned artistic manager, composer, conductor and lawyer has a long international career behind him.
Peter Ruzicka was born in Dusseldorf in 1948. He received his early musical training (piano, oboe and composition) at the Hamburg Conservatory. Studies in composition with Hans Werner Henze and Hans Otte. He studied law and musicology in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin (doctoral thesis: Berlin, 1977).
The list of Peter Ruzicka’s compositions includes numerous orchestral and chamber works as well as the opera Celan, which was premiered in Dresden in 2001. His opera Hölderlin was premiered at the Berlin State Opera in 2008. He was appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in 1990. The composer is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and of the Free Academy of Arts in Hamburg. His works were performed by leading international orchestras and ensemble.
As a conductor of his own and other works, Peter Ruzicka has directed many national and international orchestras.
Peter Ruzicka was artistic director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1987 and director of the Hamburg State Opera and the State Philharmonic Orchestra from 1988 to 1997. Moreover, he was Artistic Advisor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam from 1997 to 1999. In 1999 he was named President of the Bavarian Theatre Academy. From 2001 to 2006, Ruzicka took over the Artistic Directorship of the Salzburg Festival. Until 2014 he was artistic director of the Munich Biennale having succeeded Hans Werner Henze in 1996.