Born in the heart of Europe, Austria, and living in the worlds music capital Vienna, Gerhard Lessky has performed and developed his artistry across Europe, Latin America and Asia.
He studied with the composer Balduin Sulzer, “Orchestra-Conducting” at the Linz Bruckner University of Music and attended international Master classes given by Peter Gülke, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
From 1998-2000 he was engaged as an artistic-assistant at Wiener Hofmusikkapelle and also cooperated with the composer HK Gruber.
Gerhard Lessky was awarded with the “Helmut-Schiff-Award” for young Austrian conductors.
Scholarship from the International Richard Wagner Association.
2018: "Artist in residence" in Teheran/Iran
The clarity of his conducting and his honest passion for music make his interpretations remarkable.
His repertory includes music from the early 17th century to the present.
As a guest conductor he performed with many orchestras including the Wiener Concert-Verein, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Linzer Konzertverein (Austria), Brno Philharmonic, South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice (Czech Republic),Slovak Philharmonic, Cappella Istropolitana (Slovakia), Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica de Stat “Moldova” Iasi (Romania), Orchestra Teatro del Giglio di Lucca (Italy), Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico (Mexico), Bucheon Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Sinfonietta Baden, Orchestra 1756 (on period instruments) and Schloss Schönbrunn Orchestra (Vienna).
Performances in prestigious concert halls like Golden hall in Musikverein Wien, Tonhalle Zurich, Seoul Arts Center and Brucknerhaus Linz.
From 1994 to 2008 he worked as music director and chief conductor of the “Oberösterreichischen Opernensemble”.
At the “Summer Opera Festival” he conducted opera productions of Paisiellos ”Il barbiere di Seviglia”, Cimarosas “Il matrimonio segreto”, Haydns “Il mondo della luna” and Rossinis “L’occasione fa il ladro” and “Il Signor Bruschino”.
In South Korea he also conducted the Cheongju Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chungnam Philharmonic Orchestra.
His performances of Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” in Woosong Art Hall and a new production of Mozart’s opera “Cosi fan tutte” in South Korea received highest acclamation by the audience and national press.
He conducted opera-performances at the Opera houses in Steyr, Wels and Berndorf (Austria) , symphonic concerts in Austria, Germany, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Mexico and China.
Esteemed international artists collaborated with, include:
Luca Canonici, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Otto Sauter, Sung-Won Yang, N. Krysanowsky….
He also made CD productions and performed in TV and Radio broadcasts.