Principal Guest Conductor
Principal Guest Conductor, previously served as Music Director for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra from 1995-2005 and continues to be a major figure on the musical stages of both Europe and the United States.
In Germany, Klauspeter has served as music director for the Frankfurt, Kiel, and Freiburg Operas as well as the Nuremberg Symphony and has been invited to conduct at many major opera houses, including Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, and Zurich. In the U.S., he enjoys ongoing relationships with the symphonies and opera companies of Denver, Kansas City, Nashville, New Orleans, and Salt Lake City, among others.
Born in Offenbach, Germany, Klauspeter studied piano, conducting and composition at the Nuremberg and Munich Conservatories, and at the age of 21 started his conducting career, holding contracts with the Gärtnerplatz-Theater and the “Wilde Gungl” Symphony in Munich.
Mr. Seibel has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, RBM, Colosseum and CPO. Recordings include “Wings of Song” with Sir James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere recording of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s opera Der Ring des Polykrates, and the first recording of orchestral works by Franz Lehár.
In May 2008, Klauspeter was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Loyola University New Orleans for his collaborations with the university and his significant contribution to classical music in New Orleans. Mr. Seibel has also been a recipient of the City of Munich Richard Strauss Award and a prizewinner at both the Malko Competition in Copenhagen and the Mitropoulos Competition in New York.