About Henrik Schaefer

Henrik Schaefer is the new Music Director of the Opera of Gothenburg, Sweden, from January 1st 2014. This opera house is one of the leading houses in Northern Europe with a 86 member strong orchestra, good ensemble, one of the best choirs of Sweden and the internationally praised ballet.

At the age of 22 Henrik Schaefer joined the Berlin Philharmonic as a viola player; at that time he was the youngest member of the orchestra. At the same time he studied conducting at the Musikhochschule Leipzig. In the year 2000 he was chosen by Claudio Abbado as his assistant and got numerous opportunities to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic: Tristan in Tokyo, Parsifal in Salzburg and Mahler’s 7th symphony in Vienna, among others.

His own conducting career began with a ballet production of the Rite of Spring with the Leipzig Ballet and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Medici Arts DVD 2055728 via Naxos).
Since then he has become a sought-after Wagner conductor, and his repertoire also includes all the great Mozart operas as well as the romantic Italian and French operas. He has appeared as guest conductor at the operas in Leipzig, Rouen, Chemnitz, Seoul, the Opera Hedeland, the Norrlands Opera, the Hongkong Opera and the Opera of Gothenburg.

In 2007 he was chosen as Chief Conductor for the Wermland Opera in Sweden after a production of Parsifal. Here he gained international acclaim with the 5 entire Ring cycles (all 4 operas premiered in the same week!).

Henrik Schaefer’s opera repertoire includes in specifics The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Eugen Onegin, Faust, La Traviata, La Boheme, Falstaff, Les dialogues des Carmelites, Hänsel and Gretel, The Flying Dutchman, Rheingold, Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, Tristan, and Parsifal.

As a concert conductor he is a worldwide acclaimed guest with the Tokyo Symphony, Gävle Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony, Holland Symfonia, Norrköping Symphonie Orchester, Sapporo Symphony, Brabants Orkest, Sendai Philharmonic, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Tokyo Metropolitan, the Swedish and Dutch Radio Orchestras, New Japan Philharmonic, Nederlands Philharmonic, Japan Century Symphony, Hongkong Philharmonic and the orchestras in Nürnberg, Aalborg, Antwerpen, Enschede, Aarhus, Tromsö and Madrid.

In addition to the DVD with the Gewandhausorchestra he has recorded numerous CD’s and made lots of radio recordings with the Dutch Radio Symphony, the Radio Chamber Orchestra and the orchestras in Göteborg and Karlstad.

A complete list of his concert repertoire is available by request.