- ABOUT SPO
- THE ORCHESTRA
- ARTISTIC ADVISOR
Wolfgang Fink, born 1954 in Reutlingen (Southern Germany) finalized his studies after graduation in musicology, philosophy and educational science with a dissertation on Pierre Boulez’ « Le marteau sans maître ». As a student he worked as a recording producer for a public radio station (Südwestfunk Landesstudio Tübingen), and later on as an editor and moderator for another public radio station (Südfunk Stuttgart).
From 1989 through 1997 he worked as editor and eventually, from 1991 on, as head of programing at the distinguished performing arts center Alte Oper Frankfurt – being responsible for all genres of classical music (subscriptions series for German and international orchestras, choirs, song recitals, chamber music, contemporary and baroque music).
From 1997 through 2000 he was the head of Artistic planning and Operations at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Germany biggest summer music festival), thus being responsible for the annual program of around 130 concerts in 35 plus venues.
Having worked for a Performing Arts Centre and a Festival he turned to orchestra management. From 2001 through 2005 he worked as conseiller artistique (Artistic Administrator) for the Orchestre national de Lyon in Lyons, France, and eventually, from 2005 through 2008 in the same capacity as Director of Artistic Operations with Sydney Symphony in Australia.
From September 2008 through August 2013 he was the CEO of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and president of its foundation. In this capacity he was responsible for all this orchestra’s operations and its tours in Europe (UK: Proms and Edinburgh Festival, Switzerland, Austria, Spain etc.) and overseas (China, Japan, the US, Brazil, Argentina, Chile). In addition he initiated an Academy project for young musicians, and a bi-annual festival in Bamberg (Biennale Bamberg in 2010 on Mahler’s late symphonies and 2012 on Mozart. “Cosi fan tutte”, “La finta giardiniera”, chamber music). He ended his tenure in Bamberg bringing the orchestra to the Lucerne Festival with a concertante performance of Richard Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung”. In 2010 and 2013 he curated the orchestras International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition Bamberg.
Since then he worked as freelance consultant, lecturer and author for various cultural institutions and artists. Among others he was interim General Director for the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg (France), taught Orchestra Management at the distinguished University of Zürich (Switzerland) and wrote many articles and program notes for Berlin Philharmonic’s and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie’s quarterly magazines, for the Salzburg Festival; Wiener Konzerthaus; Berliner Festwochen; Lucerne Music Festival; Festival d’Automne; and various record labels (Berlin Classics, BMG, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, among others).