Born in Austria, Johannes Wildner studied conducting, violin and musicology and has established himself as one of the foremost Austrian conductors.
His years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive stamp. After positions as Chief Conductor of the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Košice (Slovakia, 1990-93), Chief Conductor of Prague State Opera (1994-95) and First Permanent Conductor of Leipzig Opera (1996-98), Johannes Wildner was the General Music Director of the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia (Germany) for ten years from 1997. He has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London with effect from September 2010.
As a guest conductor Johannes Wildner has conducted major orchestras all over the world such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the orchestra of the Arena di Verona, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra Copenhagen, the Odense Symphony, the Aarhus Symphony, the Gelders Orkest, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Haydn-Orchestra di Bolzano e del Trento and the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the China and Hongkong Philharmonic, the Guangzhou and the Shanghai Symphony or the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan.
In Germany and Austria he has performed with orchestras like the MDR-Symphony-Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the State Philharmonic of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the State Orchestra of Saarbruecken, the Vienna Symphony, the ORF-Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Tonkuenstler Orchester Niederoesterreich, the Bruckner-Orchestra Linz, the Mozarteum-Orchestra Salzburg.
Johannes Wildner has always devoted an important part of his activity to opera. In addition to his performing at the Prague State Opera, Leipzig Opera (TV-recordings of Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Cosí fan tutte") and at the Musiktheater im Revier/Gelsenkirchen, Germany, ("Lulu", "Rosenkavalier", "Freischütz", "Il Trovatore", "Falstaff", etc.) he also regularly appears at opera houses such as Volksoper Wien ("A Night in Venice"), the Operetta festival of Mörbisch ("Wiener Blut"), the Berlin Metropol-Theater ("Merry Widow", "Land of Smiles"), the Wagner-Festival in Wels ("Tristan und Isolde"), the Vienna Summer Festival "Mozart in Schönbrunn" ("Don Giovanni", "Zauberflöte"), the Carinthian Summer ("The martyrdom of St. Magnus"; "Mary of Egypt"), des NCPA in Mumbai ("Madama Butterfly"), the "Festival de Mayo" in Guadalajara/Mexico ("Fidelio", "Madama Butterfly"), the Opera House of Halle ("The Flying Dutchman"), Graz Opera House ("La Bohème"), the Salzburg Landestheaters ("Hänsel und Gretel"; "Abduction from the Seraglio"), Bratislava National opera ("Il Trovatore"), Brno National theatre ("Tosca"), des Croatian National theatre Zagreb ("Don Giovanni", "Carmen"), the Arena di Verona ("Carmen"), and the New National Theatre Tokyo ("Die Fledermaus").
Johannes Wildner has recorded more than 60 CDs and videos and DVDs, including the integral version of “The Bat” and “Così fan tutte” for Naxos, "Carmen", Bruckner’s 3rd (in all versions) and 9th symphony (with the reconstructed finale by Samale, Philips, Mazzuca and Cohrs). Most recent recordings include 3 CDs with music by Erich Zeisl, Josef Marx and Johann Nepomuk David with the RSO Vienna and the cpo label, as well as, in 2010, a 3-CD box with Schumann's complete works for piano and orchestra with Lev Vinocour, piano and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Wildner's baton for Sony RCA Red Seal.
Johannes Wildner's future schedule includes appearances with the Vienna Symphony, BCC Concert Orchestra, the Guangzhou Symphony, the Nuremberg Symphony, further tours with the Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra, as well as opera projects with the Festival de Mayo/Mexico, and the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.