Bruno Weil is one of the leading conductors of the music of Viennese Classicism. Born in Germany, Bruno Weil was a master student of Hans Swarowsky and Franco Ferrara. A prize winner of several international competitions, he was named General Music Director of the City of Augsburg in 1981, being Germany’s youngest General Music Director at that time. Bruno Weil resigned his post as General Music Director of the City of Duisburg, Germany in 2002 and is now principal guest conductor of the Tafelmusik Orchestra and Music Director of the Cappella Coloniensis.
In 1988 he enjoyed a stunning success when he replaced Herbert von Karajan at the Salzburg Festival, conducting Mozart's DON GIOVANNI with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Bruno Weil has performed with leading symphony orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, The Dresden Staatskapelle, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Numerous recordings with the Tafelmusik Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra have been released under the Sony Classical and BMG Label. In 1997 Bruno Weil won the “Echo Klassik Award” as Conductor of the Year. He has also earned enthusiastic acclaim for his Schubert recordings and for his recording of Mozart’s Requiem. His recent CD releases include the complete recording of the opera “Endimione” by Johann Christian Bach, (Echo Klasssik Award 2000 – Best opera recording 17th/18th century) and Liszt’s “Beethoven Cantata“ and the Choral Fantasy op.80 by Beethoven (Echo Klassik award). In 2010 he received the fifth Echo Klassik award for Haydn’s Symphonies Nr. 93, 95, 96. He recorded the opera “Der Freischütz” on period instruments and in 2004 made the first recording of a Wagner opera on original instruments “The Flying Dutchman” while in 2005 he recorded Beethoven Symphonies 5 and 6 with Tafelmusik and recently Mozart Symphonies Nr. 40 and 41, and Beethoven’s Symphonies Nr. 7 and 8.
In addition, he has conducted at the German Opera Berlin, the Hamburg State Opera, the Semper Opera Dresden, and most often at the Vienna State Opera. In 1992 he made his debut with the Glyndebourne Festival in England.
Bruno Weil was Music Director of the Carmel Bach Festival, California from 1992 – 2010 and was Artistic Director of the period instrument festival "KLANG & RAUM" (Sound and space) in Irsee, Bavaria from 1993 – 2011.
In October 2001 Bruno Weil was appointed conducting Professor in Munich at the State Academy for Music and Theatre.