Matthias Georg Kendlinger

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Matthias Georg Kendlinger
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Born (1964-12-05) December 5, 1964 (age 59)
Walchsee, Tirol, Austria
OrganizationK&K Philharmoniker (Founder & CEO)

Matthias Georg Kendlinger (born December 5, 1964) is an Austrian musician, conductor, and composer known for his work in classical music. He is the founder of the K&K Philharmoniker, the Austrian K&K Ballett, the K&K Opernchor, and the Tiroler Beethoven-Tage. Kendlinger has composed numerous symphonies, concertos, and operas, and has performed throughout Europe.[1]

Early life

Kendlinger was born on December 5, 1964, in Walchsee, Tirol, Austria. He developed a passion for music at a young age when his father taught him to play the accordion. At 18, he was proficient at playing seven different musical instruments.


Kendlinger started his career in 1981, leading the "Alpina Quintet" until 1994.[2]

In 1994, Kendlinger founded a production and event agency in Kufstein, Austria. In 1998, Kendlinger founded "The Austrian K&K Ballet," followed by the "K&K Philharmoniker Orchestra" in 2002. In 2003, he formed the "K&K Opera Choir," also known as the "Ukrainian National Choir Lviv." Subsequently, in 2016, Kendlinger founded the "K&K Symphony Orchestra," known for its classical tours, including the "Vienna Johann Strauss Concert Gala," "The Most Beautiful Opera Choirs," and the "K&K Symphony Concerts."[3]

Throughout his career, Kendlinger has been involved in various cultural initiatives. He co-founded the "Tiroler Festspiele Erl" in 1997 and served as the initiator and artistic director of the "Tiroler Beethoven-Tage" from 2009 to 2015. Additionally, he established the "Ukrainian-Austrian Youth Orchestra Academy" in 2013 and inaugurated his composer's house in Schwendt, Tyrol, Austria, in 2014.[4]

Kendlinger's composition repertoire includes symphonies, violin concertos, and operas. His symphonic poem "Lost Son" premiered in 2006, marking his debut as a composer for symphonic orchestras. He has since composed several works, including three symphonies, a piano concerto dedicated to his wife Larissa, a cello concert, "Our Father," and a violin concert named "Galaxy." In 2017, Kendlinger launched a music festival in Lviv, Ukraine, featuring exclusively his compositions.[5]

Kendlinger made his debut as a conductor at the Gewandhaus Leipzig in 2004. He has led performances of classical pieces such as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Schubert's Symphony No. 6. He has collaborated with esteemed orchestras, including the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and the Philharmonie Lviv in Ukraine.[6]

Kendlinger's contributions to classical music have earned him recognition and acclaim. His recent projects include the release of Symphony No. 2 "Austria-Ukrainian" and Violin Concerto No. 1 "Galaxy" in 2020. He has performed at renowned concert halls in Madrid, Lisbon, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, and the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna.

Kendlinger's musical legacy is preserved through CD recordings and concert DVDs under labels such as "DaCapo Austria" and "K21" (classical music of the 21st century). Over the years, Kendlinger has solidified his reputation as a versatile and accomplished musician in the European music industry.


Symphonic Works

  • Symphony 1 op. 4 "Manipulation" premiered on September 29, 2012, at Lviv Philharmonic.
  • Symphony 2 op. 9 "Austrian-Ukrainian" premiered on July 13, 2017, at Lviv Philharmonic.
  • Symphony 3 op. 10 "Human Rights" premiered on July 10, 2018, at Lviv Philharmonic.


  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra № 1 op. 7 "Larissa" premiered on May 24, 2014, at Congress Graz.
  • Concerto for Violoncello and Piano № 1 op. 8 "Our Father" premiered on October 16, 2016, at Gewandhaus Leipzig.
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra № 1 op. 11 "Galaxy" premiered on July 9, 2019, at Lviv Philharmonic.

Additional Works

  • Symphonic Poem op. 2 "The Lost Son" premiered on April 29, 2006, at Gewandhaus Leipzig.
  • Meditative Symphonic Poem for String Orchestra op. 6 "Healing" premiered on June 6, 2013, at Cathedral in Ebbs.
  • Overture to the Opera w. op. "The Priest" previews in 2014/2015 in Germany, Austria, and Ukraine.
  • "Song of Life" from the opera "The Priest" for piano and bass w. op. premiered on July 11, 2018, at Lviv Opera.
  • "Festfanfare" № 1 w. op. premiered on July 10, 2018, at Lviv Philharmonic.

Chamber Music

  • Symphonic Poem for Piano op. 2a "The Lost Son" premiered on July 10, 2019, at Lviv Opera.
  • Overture to the Opera for Piano w. op. "The Priest" premiered on July 11, 2018, at Lviv Opera.
  • "Alpine Sounds" for Horn Quartet w. op. premiered on July 11, 2018, at Lviv Opera.
  • Concerto for Violoncello and Piano № 1 op. 8a "Our Father" premiered on July 14, 2017, at Potocki Palace Lviv.


  • "Family March" op.1 premiered on December 1, 2008, at Konzerthaus Berlin.
  • "Kaiser, Wilder Kaiser" op. 3 premiered on May 12, 2012, at Passionsspielhaus Thiersee.
  • "Liberty March" op. 5 premiered on December 22, 2014, at Lviv Philharmonic.

Alpine Folk Music

  • 32 pieces (waltzes and polkas) for duo and quintet, composed between 1982 and 1994


  1. "Matthias Georg Kendlinger". Universal Edition. Retrieved 24 May 2024.
  2. "Matthias Georg Kendlinger". Universal Edition. Retrieved 24 May 2024.
  3. "Klassika". Retrieved 24 May 2024.
  4. "Matthias Georg Kendlinger und seine K&K Philharmoniker – Seele gratis". (in Deutsch). Retrieved 24 May 2024.
  5. "leipziger volkszeitung". Retrieved 24 May 2024.
  6. "Маттіас Георг Кендлінгер - Lviv National Philharmonic". 2 July 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2024.

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