Michael Boder

Renowned as both a leading exponent of twentieth century music and for his meticulous preparation of new scores, German conductor Michael Boder appears regularly at the most prestigious theatres around the world, and has overseen a number of notable world premieres. His illustrious career has included tenures as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor at the Royal Danish Theatre and Orchestra between 2012 and 2016 and Musical Director of the Gran Teatro del Liceu between 2008 and 2012. Boder’s achievements have been recognized with the Spanish critics’ award for ‘Le Grand Macabre’, and a Grammy nomination for ‘Lulu’.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include ‘Tannhäuser’ at the Seongnam Arts Centre in South Korea and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Gottfried von Einem ‘Der Besuch der alten Dame’ at Theater an der Wien, and ‘Capriccio’ for the Wiener Staatsoper. Orchestral engagements include a Mendelssohn and Strauss programme with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, and a concert with tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and the Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin.

Boder is also a well-established orchestral conductor. He has worked regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Ensemble Modern, Vienna Radio Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker as well as Tokyo Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony orchestras. Recent highlights include Nielsen and Schoenberg with the Royal Danish Orchestra at the Berliner Festspiele and Birmingham Symphony Hall; Mahler’s ‘Wunderhorn Lieder’ with Dietrich Henschel and the orchestra of La Monnaie; and Ligeti and Trojahn at the Cite de La Musique in Paris with Ensemble Modern.

Boder studied at Hamburg Conservatoire and in Florence, and went on to be Michael Gielen’s assistant at Oper Frankfurt. At the age of 29, he was appointed General Music Director of the Basler Theater, where he conducted a great number of productions. In the same period, he also conducted at the opera houses in Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Zurich, London and Vienna.

In the last two decades Boder conducted a large number of new productions in Dresden, Munich, Tokyo, San Francisco, Cologne, Barcelona and, in 2009, Decker‘s new production of ‘Moses and Aaron’ at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum. Alongside repertoire by the Second Viennese School and by Strauss and Wagner, Boder is greatly involved in contemporary opera.

Michael Boder beim Beethovenfest






8:00 pm

Freedom, idiosyncrasy – revolution

  • ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
  • Michael Boder conductor
Works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Gerhard E. Winkler
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«






6:00 pm

Closing Concert: ‘For future ages’

  • ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
  • Michael Boder Conductor
Works by Morton Feldman and Anton Bruckner
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«