6. Christian Fitzner
General Music Director - "PKOW" Orchestra
Christian Fitzner is a German conductor, born in Stuttgart. In 1978 he started studying at the conservatory “Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart” and was first trained as hornist and pianist by J. Ritzkowsky, M. Cakar and H. Baumann. Afterwards he studied conducting with Prof. Thomas Ungar and received his diploma as a conductor in 1988.
From 1987 to 1993 he was director of the Städteorchester Wangen im Allgäu. During this time he assumed in 1990 conductorship of the Landesjugendkammerorchester Nordrhein-Westfalen. To this orchestra he had been associated already as an assistant since 1986. In 1992 he was engaged both by the Bilkent-University in Ankara as well as by the German-Portuguese Youth Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, he embellished the visit of German President Johannes Rau in Lisbon.
In 1993 Christian Fitzner accepted a professorship at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. At the beginning of 1994 he was requested for the position of the Artistic Director of the Philharmonische Kammerorchester Wernigerode. This proved to be the beginning of a most successful collaboration, including for instance the foundation of the Sommerfestspiele Schloß Wernigerode in 1996.
Continuously he worked as a guest conductor with orchestras such as the Broadcast Symphony Orchestra Johannesburg / South Africa and on occasions like the Merano Music Festival.
In 1999 Christian Fitzner was appointed Musical Director of the Philharmonische Kammero-rchester Wernigerode. In 2004 he was awarded with the Art Prize of the Town of Wernigerode.