Hannah Eisendle is a conductor, composer and pianist. All three areas have in common an orientation towards the contemporary and a desire to cooperate with artists from different fields. She is particularly interested in performing works of the 20th and 21st centuries. In June 2023 she made her debut with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) at the Großer Saal of the Vienna Musikverein conducting Britten’s Four Sea Interludes. At the same venue she conducted the Austrian premiere of Britten’s Ballad of Heroes in March 2023, alongside works by Brahms, Stravinsky and Bernstein. Compositions by Britten and Bernstein were also on the programme of the music education concerts of the Tonkünstler-Orchestra last spring, which she conducted. With the same orchestra she also premiered her orchestral work crushed ice II at the Grafenegg Festival in 2020. For October 2023, she received an invitation to assist Cristian Măcelaru with the Orchestre National de France.
In recent years she has worked a lot in opera productions. For example, last season she was musical director of the children’s opera and conducted the youth opera Retirada at the Theater an der Wien. In spring 2023 she assisted with Janáček’s Jenufa at the Théâtre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Between 2020 and 2022 she was musical assistant at Neue Oper Wien, where her repertoire included Stallerhof by Gerd Kühr, Solaris by Dai Fujikura and Les rois mages by Fabián Panisello. Additionally she acted as conductor and musical assistant of Jaques Offenbach’s Hoffmanns Erzählungen and Orpheus in der Unterwelt at oper rundum. Recent operas she was in charge of as musical director include Tchaikovsky’s Eugen Onegin at the Schönbrunner Schlosstheater, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and excerpts from three contemporary operas by Patrizia Martinez, Manuel Zwerger and Caitlin Smith. For the season 2023-24 she was engaged as a répétiteur with conducting duties at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt.
As a composer she is also currently working on an opera: Elektrische Fische, a youth opera commissioned by the Vienna State Opera, whose premiere will take place in January 2024. In her compositions, Hannah Eisendle is often inspired by sensory expressions, which she transforms into sounds. An example of this is the composition – grey – , a trio with which she won the open call of the Austrian Cultural Forum London. She came to international attention as a composer in 2022 with her orchestral work heliosis, which was commissioned by the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO). The premiere of this work in March 2022 under the baton of Marin Alsop was followed by numerous international performances in Madrid and Paris, among others, as well as at the BBC Proms in London. In the coming season, heliosis will also be performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under Cristian Măcelaru and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Pekka Kuusisto. She also received a commission from the RSO for an orchestral work for the coming season, which will be heard at the Vienna Konzerthaus in March 2024. Performances of her works have taken place at Carnegie Hall New York, the Wiener Konzerthaus, London, Madrid, Vienna, Paris, Taipei and Mexico City, among others, as well as at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse, the Wien Modern Festival and the Grafenegg Festival. Several works have been published by Musikverlag Doblinger.
As a pianist Hannah Eisendle is especially interested in the performance of contemporary compositions and in the interpretation of the works of proscribed composers. She performs as a soloist, chamber musician, répétiteur and Lied accompanist. International appearances include e.g. the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Carnegie Hall and the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York.
Hannah Eisendle completed her piano studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and her composition studies as well as her conducting studies with Mark Stringer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She received important impulses in conducting master classes with Marin Alsop, Cristian Măcelaru, Johannes Schlaefli, Toby Purser and Sigmund Thorp, and as a participant in the Darmstadt Summer Courses. In summer 2023 she was nominated as a conducting fellow at the Conductors/Composers Workshop of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz (CA).