In February 2010, Sebastian Lang-Lessing was appointed music director of the San Antonio Symphony and begins his tenure in the 2010–11 season; he will be the orchestra’s eighth director in its 70-year history. He also serves as chief conductor and artistic director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, a post that he has held since 2004.
Lang-Lessing regularly appears on the podiums of the world’s preeminent opera houses, including the Opéra Bastille de Paris, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Colorado, Opéra de Bordeaux, Washington National Opera, Hamburg State Opera, and in Oslo, Stockholm and Capetown. Among his recent opera engagements are Wagner’s Rienzi with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Falstaff at Washington National Opera, Les Pêcheurs de Perles with Opera Colorado and Porgy and Bess at Norwegian National Opera in Oslo
Sebastian Lang-Lessing was awarded the Ferenc Fricsay Prize in Berlin at the young age of 24, and he subsequently took up a conducting post at Hamburg State Opera. His other previous posts include eight years as resident conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and chief conductor and artistic director of the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy for seven years. Under Maestro Lang-Lessing’s direction, the Opéra de Nancy was elevated to national status, becoming the Opéra national de Lorraine. His early music studies were at the Hamburg State Conservatory.
Equally renowned for his work on the concert stage, Lang-Lessing has led performances with major orchestras across the globe, including the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Toulouse, Orchestre de Bordeaux, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon and top orchestras in Australia, among others. He also conducts an annual season in Sydney with his Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, including a regular concert series in Australia and on tour.
Sebastian Lang-Lessing also has an extensive discography with the Tasmanian Symphony, highlighted by the complete symphonies of Mendelssohn and Schumann as well as recordings of music by Saint-Saëns, d’Indy, Franck, Ravel, Bruch and Australian contemporary composer Brett Dean. Recordings of Mozart’s three final symphonies; a disc featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein in the piano concertos of Ravel and Mendelssohn; and a recording of Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Holberg Suites are scheduled for release this year. His recent performances of Rienzi with Deutsche Oper Berlin are also scheduled for DVD release this year on Unitel. And Lang-Lessing is well known for his rediscovery of the music of French composer Joseph-Guy Ropartz ; CD releases of his symphonies with Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy received critical acclaim.