born on 13/5/1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
John Neschling (born 1947) is a Brazilian orchestral and operatic conductor. He has been member of the Brazilian Academy of Music since 2003 and lives in São Paulo. He was music director and chief conductor of the São Paulo State Symphony (Osesp) from 1997 to 2008. He is the Artistic Director of the Munipal Theatre of São Paulo since january of 2013.
Neschling was born John Luciano Neschling on May 13, 1947, in Rio de Janeiro, to a Jewish family of Austrian émigrés who left Europe escaping the rise of Nazism. His grandmother, Malvine Bodanzky, née Goldschmiedt, was cousin of the great composer Arnold Schönberg, and married Arthur Bodanzky, music director in Ulm, Germany.
He studied conducting under Hans Swarowsky and Reinhold Schmid in Vienna and under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa in Tanglewood. Later, he won important international conducting competitions and came back to Brazil in 1973 to assume the position of music director of the municipal theaters of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Neschling has been music director of Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Sankt Gallen Theater in Switzerland, Teatro Massimo in Palermo and the Bordeaux Opera, and assistant conductor at the Vienna Opera. He has also been invited conductor at the London Symphony, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.
São Paulo State Symphony
During the twelve years under his leadership, Neschling turned OSESP into a first rate international orchestra, and recorded a series of CDs with Brazilian and international music that won 5 Diapason d'Or and one Latin Grammy. He also organized tournées that took the orchestra to play for instance at the Avery Fisher Hall in New York and at the Musikverein in Vienna.
Under his request, the great hall of the old Julio Prestes train station was renovated and turned into Sala São Paulo, a modern concert hall and the home of OSESP. Sala São Paulo was opened in 1999.
John Neschling has been married to the Brazilian actress Lucélia Santos. From this marriage, they had a son, the actor Pedro Neschling.
- Neschling, J. "Música Mundana", Rocco 2009, 192pp ISBN 85-325-2485-0 ISBN 978-8532524850
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