Principal Guest Conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch was the QSO’s Chief Conductor from 2008 to 2013. Almost concurrently, he was Chief Conductor of the Graz Philharmonic and Graz Opera (Austria). Previously, he has held the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director with both Nuremberg State Opera and the Freiburg State Theatres and Philharmonic Orchestra. Johannes Fritzsch was born in 1960 in Meissen, Germany, where he completed his musical education. He has conducted orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Opera companies with which he has worked include the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper Berlin, Opéra Bastille, Royal Opera Stockholm and Opera Australia. Over the past 20 years he has given many masterclasses for the German conductor training and development organisation, Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates. Similarly, he has been actively involved in nurturing up-and-coming conductors in Australia through training programs run by Symphony Services International. In January 2015, he joined the University of Tasmania as Adjunct Professor, Conservatorium of Music, Tasmanian College of the Arts. He is the Course Leader of the recently founded Australian Conducting Academy in cooperation between UTAS and the TSO.