Kaspar Zehnder began his studies of flute (Heidi Indermühle), piano (Agathe Rytz-Jaggi), conducting (Ewald Körner) and musical theory (Peter Streiff, Arthur Furer) at the University of the Arts in Bern. He later studied with the conductors Ralf Weikert, Charles Dutoit, Werner-Andreas Albert, Horst Stein and Manfred Honeck and was a member of the European Mozart Academy, where his mentor was the flautist Aurèle Nicolet. Kaspar gained his first experience as a conductor with orchestras in Bern and Burgdorf and as the head of the orchestra of the University of the Arts in Bern, where he became acquainted with the contemporary repertoire.
From 2005 to 2008, Kaspar led the PKF - Prague Philhamonia as the orchestra’s Chief Conductor (succeeding Jiří Bělohlávek). Since then, he has often appeared with the orchestra as a guest conductor. Zehnder performs regularly in major European concert halls and at international festivals. Since his remarkable debut at La Scala in Milan in October 2007, Kaspar has been invited to conduct the Orchestre National Montpellier, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National d'Île de France, the Orchestre National de Lille, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Brno Philharmonic, the Warsaw Radio Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Philharmonic and many others.
Kaspar’s recent operatic credits include «Carmen» (2010, Murten Classics), «The Tales of Hoffmann» (2011, Paris), «The Marriage of Figaro» (2011, Lithuanian National Opera) and «The Diary of Anne Frank» (2011, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern). In October 2015 Zehnder conducted the world premiere of Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka in the chamber version by Marián Lejava in Biel/Solothurn. 2015 followed Mozarts' «Abduction» at the Opéra Metz and «La Traviata» at TOBS, also as a guest performance at the Tonhalle Zurich. In the fall 2016 Kaspar is going to rehearse in Biel the chamber opera «Weisse Rose» bei Udo Zimmermann. In May 2017 follows «Rusalka» at the Opéra de Tours.
In January 2018, Kaspar Zehnder was appointed as the new Chief Conductor of the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra.
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