British conductor Leo Hussain has established himself as a leading interpreter in his generation of Mozart, the second Viennese school and great 20th century masterpieces, breathing life into new scores and bringing fresh perspective to programming the core romantic repertoire with his musical intellect and curiosity. He was formerly Music Director of the Opéra de Rouen and Salzburg Landestheater, and now conducts many of the world’s top orchestras and opera houses.
Forthcoming European highlights this season include debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Gulbenkian Orchestra, a return to Oper Frankfurt and a new production of Berg Wozzeck at Theater an der Wien, where he conducts most seasons, working with the Wiener Symphoniker and ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. These follow recent performances with the Bamberg Symphony at Mozartfest Würzburg, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, DSO Berlin, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Prague Philharmonia and Royal Danish Orchestra. Outside Europe he has conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra at the Tokyo Spring Festival, and makes debuts this season at the West Australian and Tasmanian symphony orchestras alongside future US debuts at the Oregon Symphony and San Francisco Opera.
In 2016 he made his critically acclaimed debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Enescu Oedipe, described by the Sunday Times as "a musical performance of overwhelming impact" and leading to an immediate re-invitation. Other notable operatic successes include Strauss Capriccio for Santa Fe Opera, Britten The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and productions at La Monnaie, English National Opera, and the Bavarian and Berlin state operas. He enjoys a strong relationship with the George Enescu Festival with recent concert performances of Berg Wozzeck and Schoenberg Gurrelieder.
Early success at the Salzburg Festival, where he assisted Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic, led to worldwide symphonic debuts and close working relationships with these and other conductors including Daniel Barenboim and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Leo Hussain studied at Cambridge University and London’s Royal Academy of Music.
Opera Today, August 2016
Leo Hussain was a revelation in the pit, helming a delicate, fluid, mesmerizing, echt account of a graceful score that is more succulent caviar than substantial Hauptspeise. Maestro Hussain led a propulsive, informed, precise reading that fell gratefully on the ear.
Telegraph, May 2016
Leo Hussain proves a wonderfully resourceful and commanding conductor of this epic score. Under a baton less confident than his, such music could turn into gloop, but he sculpts it firmly into shape and relishes its more sinuously graceful passages as well as its grandly extended climaxes. The orchestral playing is virtuosic.
Leo Hussain has left a business card at the Wiener Konzerthaus, on which the word 'talent' shimmers in golden letters.