Friedrich Haider, an Austrian conductor with Italian ancestry, was trained at the Vienna Music Academy. At the age of 29 he was appointed music director of the Strasbourg Opéra National du Rhin.
With a repertoire of some 60 operas he has appeared at leading European opera houses in Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Venice. In 2006 he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Rigoletto. He has conducted the Czech Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg, among others. From 2004 to 2010 he was principal conductor of the Oviedo Filarmonía and in 2017, was appointed chief conductor of the Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense, Poland’s most renowned period instruments orchestra.
Haider is an ardent champion of the music of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. He has made the world premiere recording of the composer’s complete orchestral works as well as the complete a cappella choral works and Talitha Kumi!