Roland Freisitzer

(b. 16 August 1973, Vienna).

Austrian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Asia and Europe; he is also active as a conductor.

Mr. Freisitzer had musical experiences in Cape Town and Warsaw as a child, then began serious studies at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität in 1987. He studied composition privately with Alfred Schnittke in Moscow from 1989–91, composition with Edison Denisov at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow from 1991–93 and composition privately with Avet Terterian in Yerevan from 1992–94. He also studied composition with Alexander Mnatsakanian at the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in Saint Petersburg from 1996–99 and with Faraj Karayev at the Bakı Musiqi Akademiyası – Academy of Music in Baku in 1999.

His music has been performed in Austria, Azerbaijan, Germany, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, and the UK.

As a conductor, he served as first guest conductor of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Yerevan from 1992–95. He founded the Moscow Orchestra in 1994 and served as its music director from 1994–99.

He is also active in other positions. He founded the festival Moscow Modern in 1992 and served as its artistic director from 1992–94. He has worked for the publisher Universal Edition in Vienna since 2001 and co-founded with Thomas Heinisch and Alexander Wagendristel Ensemble Reconsil in Vienna in 2002.


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SELECT LIST OF WORKS (note that the composer prefers a chronological listing)


evocation mozart, orchestra, 1990

buried alive!, flute, 1993, revised 2000

cantus I (in memoriam avet terterian), violin, cello, piano, orchestra, 1995

cantus II, oboe, orchestra (2 French horns, harp, 2 percussion, 34 strings), 1996

night dances, small orchestra (20 players), 1996

1st oboe concerto, oboe, small orchestra (14 players), 1998

horn concerto, French horn, orchestra, 1999

1st study on planes, contrabassoon, trombone, viola, percussion, 1999

2nd oboe concerto, oboe, ensemble (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 2 percussion), 1999


music for my daughter, flute (+ alto flute), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2000

2nd study on planes, flute, piano, 2001

viola concerto, viola, ensemble (piccolo, English horn, clarinet, contrabassoon, French horn, trombone, tuba, cello, double bass, piano, 2 percussion), 2001

flight, piano, small orchestra (13 players), 2001, revised 2003

3rd study on planes, clarinet, viola, piano, 2002

4th study on planes, flute, bass clarinet, tuba ad libitum, violin, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 2002

5th study on planes, flute, bass clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, piano, 2002

1st reconsil trio, flute, trombone, violin, 2002

saxophone quartet, 4 saxophones, 2003

conny's song, small orchestra (16 players), 2003

blue, soprano saxophone, harp, 2003

basset clarinet concerto, basset clarinet, ensemble (flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 French horns, trumpet, trombone, 2 percussion), 2003

2nd reconsil trio, clarinet, cello, piano, 2004