Thomas Rösner studied in his hometown Vienna, where he conducted his first orchestral concert at the age of fourteen. This was the foundation of his later career, which he started as an assistant at the Musikverein in Vienna. An invitation from Fabio Luisi marked the beginning of his international career, when he was engaged on short notice to conduct a tour of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
He is regularly guest at opera houses and festivals such as Semperoper Dresden, La Monnaie Brussels, Opéra National de Lorraine, State Opera Stuttgart, Gran Théâtre de Geneve, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Glyndebourne Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Welsh National Opera and Opera National de Lyon. He conducted at Houston Grand Opera, at National Theatre Tokyo and worked with several orchestras as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Hoston Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Phiharmonia Prague, Basle Symphony Orchestra or Toscannini Filarmonica Parma to name a few.
Upcoming and future engagements include his return to the National Center for the Performing Arts in Peking as well to the Korean National Opera Seoul. He will conduct the MAGIC FLUTE during the Opera Festival Quebec with Robert Lepage, LA CLEMENZA DI TITO at Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège. Furthermore, he will give his debut at Volksoper Wien and he will conduct at the Operetta Festival in Mörbisch. Concert invitations will leed him to several orchestras as for example the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Instanbul State Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra de Extremadura, Evergreen Symphony Ochestra Taipeh or to Graz Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rösner is known for his interpretations of Mozart’s operas, such as COSI FAN TUTTE at Théâtre de la Monnaie directed by Michael Haneke, or the MAGIC FLUTE with Robert Lepage at Quebec Opera Festival. At Opera houses like Zurich Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, Opera di Roma, Opéra de Marseilles or the Houston Grand Opera, he achieved great success with Mozart operas.
In 1995 Rösner founded the Beethoven Philharmonie Austria, an Orchestra which is focused on the music of the Viennese Classic and early Romantic. Since then, Rösner is the Artistic Director of this orchestra, which has the goal to preserve the special Viennese sound. From 2005 until 2011 Rösner also was principal conductor of the Symphony Orchestra Biel, Switzerland.
In the concert hall, Thomas Rösner conducts a broad repertoire, ranging from the Viennese Classics – which he interprets in the light of historical performance practice – to world premieres of contemporary music. He has devoted particular energies to rediscover the work of composers like Paul Kleztki, Czesław Marek and Charles Koechlin. As Thomas Rösner is born and raised in the Viennese tradition, he is also very much in demand for performances of the music by the Strauss dynasty.
Thomas Rösner has recorded Il Trovatore on DVD for Opus Arte (Bregenz Festspiele/Wiener Symphoniker), and various CDs for Musiques Suisses with the Bamberg Symphony and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, featuring works by Paul Kletzki and Czesław Marek. Other recordings include Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and various CDs for Guild Music, Gramola and ATMA. His CD “Haydn Arias & Overtures” with Jane Archibald was the winner of the Juno Award in Toronto in 2012.