The Austro – Iranian Conductor who has eventually moved to the first rank of the best conductor with his Sensational Substitution and exciting replacement, is the Music Director of the Opera Production of the international Classic Music Festival at the Kirchstetten Castle in northern Austria since 2001. (www.schloss-kirchstetten.at) Between 2014 – 2016, he was the principal conductor of “The Prague Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra” in Prague / Czech and since 2016, he is the Honorary Conductor of “Virtuosi Brunenses”. www.Virtuosibrunenses.com
In Kirchstetten Castle International Classic Music Festival he conducted: 2001 Le Nozze Figaro (Mozart), 2002 Magic Flute (Mozart) , 2003 Don Giovanni (Mozart), 2004 Der Barbier von Sevilla (in Deutscher sprache – Rossini), 2005 Tosca (Verdi), 2006 Cosὶ fan tutte (Mozart), 2007 The Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart), 2008 La Cenerentola (Rossini), 2009 La Traviata (Verdi), 2010 The Impresario / First the music and then the words (Mozart/ Salieri), 2011 The Bat(J.Strauss), 2012 Le Nozze Figaro (Mozart) , 2013 Rigoletto (Verdi), 2014 Don Giovanni (Mozart), 2015 L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), 2016 Don Pasquale (Donizetti), 2017 La fille du régiment (Donizetti), 2018 Il Barbiere di siviglia (Rossini), 2019 L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini), 2020 Canceled due to Corona, 2021 Il Signor Bruscino (Rossini), 2022 La Cenerentola (Rossini) plus all KUS Concerts ( Klassik unter Sternen / Open-air Concerts ) since 2009 in Kirchstetten.
( At last: 2021/ Beethoven 9th Symphonie with Czech Virtuosi & Brno Phil. Choir – 2022/ The Famous Ballet Music with MFO – 2023 An American Night with MFO )
The next Opera in August 2024 will be ” I pazzi per progetto ” ( Donizetti ) and The next KUSXIV in August 2024 will Neue Version of Vivaldi’s ” The Four Seasons” with Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition, since 1999/2000 he has participated and been active in most of the
production of the Graz Opera Hause in Austria. Including in the season 2022/23:
* B. Britten : „ War Requiem ”
* Bedřich Smetana : „ Prodaná nevěsta “ (The Bartered Bride)
* Kurt Weill : „ One Touch of Venus ”
* J. Offenbach : „ La Grande-duchesse de Gérolstein ” (The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein)
* Leoš Janáček : „ Katja Kabanova ”
* Nino Rota : „ Il cappello di paglia di Firenze ” (The Florentine Straw Hat)
* Verdi : „ La Traviata ”
* Verdi : „ Don Carlo ”
Hooman Khalatbari is a dynamic conductor, intensely musical, technically
consummate, and detailed in his preparation and rehearsals. In concert, he radiates
on the podium and has a special talent for sharing his admiration of music with his
audience. With an Oriental heritage and European training steeped in the Viennese
tradition, Khalatbari is particularly noted for his performances of classical and Romantic Central European symphonic repertoire. He is a popular and very well-
known artist and has over 1.4 Millions fans and followers in his Facebook and Instagram.
He is also passionate about innovative concert formats and the performance of
contemporary music. Hooman Khalatbari has appeared on TV,in CD productions:
Premieres of “Schwarze Erde” by Klaus Huber/ Theater Basel, “Dry Clean Show” by
Wolfgang Mitterer at the Steirischen Herbst/ Graz, “Pollicino” by H.W. Henze at the
Next Liberty/ Graz, “Agleia Federweiss” by G. Kuehr at the Next Liberty/ Graz, “Peter Pan” by W. Hiller at the Next Liberty/ Graz, Googoosh Music Academy Show – Manoto TV/ London and many others.
Plus, in his Large Repertoire in Opera, he has conducted symphonies and concertos
from Bruckner, Brahms, Franck, Schumann, Dvorak, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven,
Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Ravel, Debussy, Fauré,
Glazunov, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Bach, Bartok, Stravinsky, Milhaud and many others.
Off the podium, he is sincere, warm and approachable. A natural communicator,
Khalatbari is fluent in German, English and Farsi.
Pianist of Tehran Symphony Orchestra, assistant of Gorgin Moussian in the choir of Tehran Symphony Orchestra, pianist of the Farhangsarai Bahman Choir under Mehdi Shams Niknam, and assistant of Professor Thomas Christian David in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of the Austrian Cultural Institute in Tehran, among his activities during the years It was from 1367 to 1375.
Hooman Khalatbari finished his studies at Tehran Art University and the University of Music and Fine Arts in Graz/ Austria and graduated with honors in orchestral conducting and choir Conducting. Mr. Khalatbari attended master classes given by D. Russell Davis, I. Fischer, Thomas Christian David, and Zubin Mehta. 1988 – 96 he was the assistant for the Tehran Symphonic Choir and Orchestra. 1993 – 96 he assisted the BCC Choir and Orchestra and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at the Austrian Cultural Institute in Tehran. He performed as a Conductor, Soloist, Chamber musician, Accompanist, and coordinator in several Europa Cities, the USA, Canada, and Asia. His most recent performances were given as guest Conductor in Austria (Vienna & Graz & Salzburg & Linz & Kirchstetten) – Hungarian (Budapest & Szombathely) – Czech Republic (Prague, Brno & Olomouc) – Slovenian (Maribor) – France (Paris) – UK (London) – Canada (Vancouver & Calgary) and USA (Houston, San Jose, Chicago). At last in Zurich (Switzerland) and Göteborg (Sweden) and next in Toronto (Canada).
Plus Music Director of “Klassik Festival Schloss Kirchstetten” and Honorary Conductor of “ Virtuosi Brunenses “ Orchestra in Brno/ Czech and Principal Conductor of the Prague Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra” in Prague/ Czech (2014 – 2016), In 2021 Hooman Khalatbari together with Sina Alam founded “Shoosh Ensemble” who he is the musical director of this quartet. The “Shoosh Ensemble ” quartet plays works in the style of fusion music and world music.
It is worth mentioning that his performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was shown in the documentary film “In Search of Happiness with Human Nakedness” (available on the YouTube channel), as well as the opening of the “One Italian Night” concert. In 2016, it was broadcast directly from Facebook.
Hooman Khalatbari has been working as a conductor and artistic collaborator in the Graz City Opera since 1999-2000 until now, as well as the singing school of this opera (Singschule).
The operas staged under his leadership at the international classical music festival of Kirstetten Palace are:
2022 – “Achenputtel” Giaochino Rossini
2020: Due to the corona virus epidemic, the whole performance was canceled.
2019: “An Italian Girl in Algeria” – Gioacchino Rossini
2018: “The Barber of Seville” – Gioachino Rossini (new performance)
2017: “Gordan’s Daughter” – Gaetano Donizetti
2016: “Don Pasquale” – Gaetano Donizetti
2015: “Elixir of Love” – Gaetano Donizetti
2014: “Don Juan” – Mozart (new performance)
2013: “Rigoletto” – Giuseppe Verdi
2012: “Marriage of Figaro” – Mozart
2011: “Bat” – Johann Strauss
2010: “Theatre director” – Mozart / “Music first, words later” – Antonio Salieri
2009: “La Traviata” – Giuseppe Verdi
2008: “Cinderella” – Gioachino Rossini
2007: “Harem attack” by Mozart
2006: “All women are like this” Mozart
2005: Puccini’s “Alder”.
2004: “Seville barber” Gioachino Rossini
2003: “Don Juan” by Mozart
2002: “The Magic Flute” by Mozart
2001: “Marriage of Figaro” – Mozart