Since obtaining a conducting degree from the Private University of Music and the Arts in Vienna, Vinzenz Praxmarer has assisted Franz Welser-Möst, Kirill Petrenko, Philippe Jordan, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev and Marc Albrecht, and has been assistant conductor and director of studies at the Theater an der Wien, the Salzburg Festival, La Scala Milan, the Opéra national de Lyon and the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam.
In 2006 Praxmarer made his opera debut at the Lehár Festival Bad Ischl, where he was then appointed music director until 2011. His artistic work in the operetta field is documented by three premiere recordings released by the label cpo: Fatinitza (Franz von Suppé), Der fidele Bauer (Leo Fall) and Frasquita (Franz Lehár). This was followed by concerts with Angelika Kirchschlager, with whom he has worked regularly ever since. Further debuts took him to Vienna’s Volksoper, the Bregenz State Theatre, the theatres in Bern and St. Gallen, and the Opéra national de Paris. From 2013 to 2015 he conducted the children’s opera at the Vienna State Opera.
In the symphonic field he has been invited by renowned orchestras, for example the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in Riga, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Orchestra in Moscow, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Musikkollegium Winterthur and the Viennese Chamber Orchestra.
In 1998 he founded the Viennese chamber orchestra Divertimento Viennese, whose artistic director he has since been. The orchestra’s repertoire focuses on works by Jewish composers. It recently appeared with Angelika Kirchschlager and Camilla Nylund at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and the Brucknerhaus in Linz. Vinzenz Praxmarer also works regularly with the summer academy of the Vienna Philharmonic on opera and concert productions.
After his successful debut with the Tonkünstler Orchestra early in 2019 at Vienna’s Musikverein, the current season brings a concert tour with the orchestra Divertimento Viennese in Linz as well as appearances in Chemnitz, Milan and Tel Aviv, concerts with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia at the Zaryadye Hall in Moscow, concerts with the Orchestra del Friuli Venezia Giulia and the summer academy of the Vienna Phiharmonic, as well as his debut at the Chemnitz Opera (Hänsel und Gretel).