After making his debut at age 21 with the Hamburg State Opera, German conductor and pianist Cornelius Meister has developed an unusually wide range of talents for an artist in the early part of his career. He has become equally familiar in operatic and symphonic repertory, and in both mainstream and little-known repertory within each category. Meister was born February 23, 1980, in Hannover. His father, Konrad Meister, has taught piano at the Musikhochschule in Hannover and been active as a concert pianist. Meister studied there with his father, Martin Brauss, and Eiji Oue. His conducting studies were pursued at the Salzburg Mozarteum, where Dennis Russell Davies was among his teachers. In the late 1990s Meister won several major prizes, including an audience award at the 1998 Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. After his Hamburg debut, ...
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