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Christian POLLACK

Christian Pollack was born in Vienna, Austria, where he studied violin, viola, piano and composition at the Conservatory and Musikhochshule. He trained as a conductor with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna, and, later, with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich. He worked as an assistant to Christoph von Dohnanyi at the Carinthian Summer festival, in 1984 also at the Bregenzer Festspiele. He has conducted with the Volksoper Wien, since 1984, and was guest conductor of the Rundfunkorchester des SWR in 1986.

Pollack has been the chief conductor of the State Philharmonic, Košice since 1992, and the musical director of the Wiener Residenzorchester since 2005, as well as musical director of the opera class at the Vienna Conservatory Privat-University. Since September 2002 he has also been the permanent guest conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina in Slovakia. Pollack teaches at the Vienna Conservatory and is working on a complete edition of the works of Johann Strauss.

Pollack has made many recordings for the Marco Polo and Naxos labels, notably of classical Viennese music, such as the Johann Strauss and Josef Strauss, Ziehrer, Suppe, and Komzak. His recordings include a number of discs in Naxos' complete Johann Strauss and Josef Strauss editions.

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