A native of Bremen, Harald Strauss-Orlovsky studied violin in Berlin under Prof. Thomas Brandis and in Hanover under Prof. Ramy Shevelov. While a student, he regularly acted as Concertmaster of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and toured as a substitute in the Berliner Philharmoniker under Herbert von Karajan. After working in Claudio Abbado's Chamber Orchestra of Europe, in 1985 he was engaged by the Munich Philharmonic under Sergiu Celibidache. In 1990, having moved to Bamberg, he took up conducting studies under Prof. Volker Rohde at the Leipzig University of Music; also highly influential were his private lessons with Herbert Blomstedt, and advanced courses under Prof. Helmuth Rilling and Prof. Jorma Panula. Since December 2000, he has been director and conductor of Bamberg’s Christmas concerts with Sinfonietta Bamberg, the chamber orchestra he founded. He and his wife, the pianist Susanne Strauss, appear together in concerts with the Bamberg Mozart Soloists and at Bischberg Castle; the Soloists made their debut under his direction at Würzburg’s Mozart Festival in June 2010. As a board member of the Pommersfelden Collegium Musicum, Harald Strauss-Orlovsky helps train up-and-coming musicians.
Harald Strauss-Orlovsky has been Second Concertmaster of the Bamberg Symphony since 1988. He plays an instrument of 1796 by Cremona’s master maker Lorenzo Storioni.