Austrian-born Martin Kerschbaum studied music in Vienna and then joined the Vienna Symphony orchestra as an orchestra musician, an experience that has influenced his work as a conductor to this day. Kerschbaum’s conducting career began in 2000 with a concert of the Vienna Symphony orchestra at the Wiener Konzerthaus. Music critics of the Austrian daily “Die Presse” acclaimed him as the discovery of the evening.
Highlights in Kerschbaum’s work include a program entitled “Mozart and the Turks,” which he staged as the chief conductor of the Vienna Classical Players orchestra at the Wiener Konzerthaus in 2006 (as a contribution to Vienna’s official Mozart Year) and a double CD recording of Mozart’s concertos for violin and orchestra with soloist Rainer Honeck.
Kerschbaum recorded CDs covering the complete series of Haydn’s cello concertos in June 2008, Mendelssohn’s violin concerto and concerto for piano and violin in 2009, and Dvorák’s cello concerts in 2010. The first recording of Franz Danzi’s cello concerto in E minor (also in 2010) met with great acclaim as well. The first recording of Franz von Suppé’s Concerto No. 2 and Kurt Schwertsik’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester was released on CD in 2014.
Since 2008, Martin Kerschbaum has regularly toured Germany and Scandinavia with the K&K Philharmoniker. Since 2009, Kerschbaum has repeatedly performed at the Tyrolean Beethoven Days in Thiersee as a guest conductor together with the K&K Philharmoniker. In August 2009, he made his first appearance at the Bregenz Festival at a large open air concert, and in 2010, he was invited to conduct a concert of works by contemporary composer Johannes Maria Staud in the “Art of Our Times” cycle. After returning to Bregenz in 2013, he conducted the “Brass meets Banda” wind orchestra matinee concert at the Bregenz Festspielhaus in August 2015. In 2010, Kerschbaum made his Moscow debut on invitation of Maestro Wladimir Fedoseyev with the renowned Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra playing works by Haydn and Mozart, an effort immediately rewarded with invitations to return during the 2012, 2015 and 2017 seasons.
Moreover, Kerschbaum debuted as a guest conductor with the Orquesta de Córdoba in Spain and the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne in 2010. In 2014, he made his first appearance with the Philharmonisches Orchester Würzburg. Martin Kerschbaum has been the chief conductor of the Vienna Classical Players since 2003. In addition to staging concert appearances in Austria, Kerschbaum and his ensemble have toured Malta, Italy, Germany,Turkey and Japan in recent years. Guest conductorships with a variety of orchestras have taken Martin Kerschbaum to Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Poland, Malta, San Marino, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Switzerland,Turkey and the U.S.A.