(from the Semifinal)
At the age of 20 Franz Schottky (*1971 in Munich) entered Sergiu Celebidache's conducting class and became one of his last and closest students until 1996. Private studies in conducting with the former legendary musical director of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra included studies in Musical Phenomenology and led Schottky also to Mainz and Paris. In parallel he studied musicology at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. After his studies, Schottky gained experience as an opera, choral and orchestra conductor.
He appeared in numerous concerts and led concert tours in Germany and abroad. As assistant, répétiteur and orchestra pianist he worked for the Heidenheim Opera Festival and the Munich opera production Schulamit, amongst others. He attended master classes with conductors such as Roman Kofman (Beethoven Orchestra Bonn) and Joerg Bierhance (Vidin State Philharmonic Orchestra).
In 2000 Schottky has founded his own orchestra Kammerphilharmonie dacapo in Munich and has been its chief conductor and artistic director since then. With its own full-season subscription concerts series in the Herkules Hall and international soloists such as Natalia Gutman, Jan Simon or Thomas Albertus Irnberger the ensemble has secured a big core audience and a permanent place in the rich cultural life of Bavaria’s state capital. Franz Schottky has been regularly invited as a guest conductor to renowned orchestras such as the Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini (Pesaro), the Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto, the Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi (Como), the Jerusalem Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc (Czech Republic), the Capella Cracoviensis (Krakov), the Academy of Soloists (Kazakistan), the Rapides Symphony Orchestra (USA) and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México OSEM. Since 2013, Franz Schottky has also been a guest lecturer at institutions such as the Prague Conservatory (master class for the string orchestra) and Shanghai University (Musical Phenomenology and conducting). In China, besides teaching, he has also worked as guest conductor with various orchestras including the Shanghai City Symphony and the Wuhu Television Broadcasting Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 2014, Schottky is member of the jury of the Verona International Piano Competition.