Multifaceted and forward-looking – two phrases that best describe Thomas Kerbl, a pianist, conductor, university professor, and producer, born in 1965 in Kirchdorf, Upper Austria.
He studied piano at Brucknerkonservatorium in Linz and graduated with honours in 1984. Subsequently, he performed the complete piano, vocal, and chamber music works of Claude Debussy in a sixteen-evening cycle. Not only has he appeared as soloist on numerous occasions, but his passion for oratories has also led him to give over 1000 song recitals throughout Europe. These achievements were rewarded with an oratorio class of his own at the former Bruckner conservatory at age twenty-seven.
Mr. Kerbl’s musical theatre projects focusing on degenerate music (premiere in Upper Austria of Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Austrian premiere of The Song of Terezin) were considered ground-breaking. He also conducted the opera cycle Mozart im Stadttheater von Bad Hall as well as over twenty of the world’s greatest oratories. At the same time the artist performed nearly all famous musical hits ranging fromLeonard Bernstein’s West Side Story to the Austrian premiere ofAndrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, leaving no doubt as to his many talents.
Thomas Kerbl has been promoted to Professor at Anton Bruckner University for his studies of the history of passion recordings. He also received the award for outstanding artist of the Upper Austrian Provincial Government. From 2009 to 2017, homas Kerbl was Dean of Artistic Studies at the Anton Bruckner Private University, Linz. .Since September 2017, he has held the position of Vice Rector for Artistic Projects.
Numerous CD recordings (e.g., a CD release of the vo works of Anton Bruckner in cooperation with LIVA/Brucknerhaus, distributed worldwide) and celebrated co-performers such as Barbara Bonney, Robert Holl, Herbert Lippert, Ruxandra Donose, Robert Holzer and Kurt Azesberger accentuate Thomas Kerbl’s many-sided accomplishments.