studied conducting and held positions at various German state theatres until 2006 and since then has been a freelance artist. In 2008 he founded the Philharmonie Festiva, a symphony orchestra made up of exceptional musicians from top German ensembles, in order to pursue his own ambitious projects together with this excellent instrumentalists — driven by his insatiable thirst for knowledge and his unflagging interest in the new and unknown.
The conductor was fascinated from his earliest youth by the music of Anton Bruckner on account of its immense complexity and intense emotional charge. In recent years, therefore, Schaller’s work has been focused on a large-scale Bruckner project, with the aim of laying down on CD his own personal interpretation of all significant works by the master organist of St Florian. He began with the symphonies, which he has recorded in their entirety — sometimes in versions hitherto unknown — with the Philharmonie Festiva for Profil Edition Guenter Haenssler, a series that has already won numerous awards.
A highlight of Schaller’s engagement with Bruckner’s symphonic oeuvre was undoubtedly his expansion and completion of the final movement of the Ninth Symphony, which has also been released on CD and was published in 2018 in its revised version as a performing score. Schaller has complemented this symphonic cycle with a number of Bruckner’s sacred works such as the F minor Mass, the seldom heard 146th Psalm and the composer’s complete organ works, played by Schaller himself on a historic instrument. The publication of his arrangement of Bruckner’s String Quintet for large orchestra and its recording for CD together with the Overture in G minor represents a further landmark in his Bruckner project.
In addition to this Schaller is in constant demand as a guest conductor with well-known orchestras and at concert halls and opera houses at home and abroad. The conductor is also Artistic Director of Ebrach Summer Music, a festival he founded in 1990, which in recent years has attracted increasing attention at home and around the world on account above all of Schaller’s magisterial readings of Bruckner in the cathedral acoustics of the Abbey Church in the former Cistercian monastery at Ebrach in Franconia.