Alexander Liebreich, born in 1968, is considered one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. Since 2006, he has worked as the artistic director and principal conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra. The ensemble is widely celebrated not only in Munich but throughout Europe and overseas, performing with Liebreich at major international festivals and concert halls. To Korean music audiences, too, Liebreich is no stranger: Since 2011, Liebreich has been the artistic director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF). For the third time this year, he presents a versatile program between East and West, classical and avant-garde music in the hometown of Isang Yun. Besides his work for TIMF, Liebreich has performed classical music of Mozart and Haydn as well as contemporary music, including compositions by Isang Yun, with the Munich Chamber Orchestra in Seoul, Daejeon and other major Korean cities.
Liebreich’s musical activities are not limited to the southern part of the Korean peninsula. Supported by the Goethe-Institut and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Liebreich visited North Korea several times to foster and promote musical exchange with the isolated country. In the autumn of 2012, the Goethe-Institut invited Liebreich to prepare and conduct a joint concert with members of the Munich Chamber Orchestra and students of the Kim Won Gyun University in Pyongyang. Beginning in the 2012/2013 season, Alexander Liebreich will take over the direction of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice, becoming the first German chief conductor of a Polish orchestra since 1945.