John Neschling

John Neschling (born 1947) is a Brazilian orchestral and operatic conductor. He was the musical director and the chief conductor of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo State Symphony) from 1997 to 2008. He was the Artistic Director of the Municipal Theatre of São Paulo from January 2013 until September 2016,[1] and has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Music since 2003.

John Neschling

Early careerEdit

Neschling was born John Luciano Neschling on May 13, 1947, in Rio de Janeiro, to a Jewish family of Austrian émigrés who left Europe escaping the rise of Nazism. His grandmother, Malvine Bodanzky, née Goldschmiedt, was a cousin of Arnold Schönberg and the wife of Arthur Bodanzky.

He studied conducting under Hans Swarowsky and Reinhold Schmid in Vienna and under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa in Tanglewood. Later, he won several international conducting competitions.

European positionsEdit

Neschling has been music director of Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Sankt Gallen Theater in Switzerland, Teatro Massimo in Palermo and the Bordeaux Opera, and assistant conductor at the Vienna Opera. He has also been invited conductor at the London Symphony, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.

He came back to Brazil in 1973 to assume the position of music director of the municipal theaters of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

São Paulo State SymphonyEdit

During the twelve years under his leadership, the OSESP became a first rate international orchestra, and recorded a series of CDs with Brazilian and international music, winning 5 Diapason d'Or[2] and one Latin Grammy.[3] He also organized tournées that took the orchestra to play at several concert halls around the world, including the Avery Fisher Hall[4] in New York City and at the Musikverein[5] in Vienna.

Under his request, the great hall of the old Júlio Prestes train station was renovated and turned into Sala São Paulo, the home of OSESP and one of the best concert halls in the world.[6][7] It opened in 1999.

Municipal Theater of the City of São PauloEdit

In 2013 Neschling was appointed as the artistic director of Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, where he was until September 2016. Since then he has been conducting the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale, La Fenice (Venice), Comunale Bologna, Orchestra Verdi (Milano) Teatro Lírico de Cagliari, Royal Phillarmonic Liège.

Personal lifeEdit

John Neschling is married to the writer Patricia Melo.


  • Neschling, J. "Música Mundana", Rocco 2009, 192pp ISBN 85-325-2485-0 ISBN 978-8532524850


  1. ^ "Folha de S.Paulo". Folha online. 1 January 2013.
  2. ^ ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-08. Retrieved 2014-10-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Latin Grammy winners". The Seattle Times.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2010-01-03. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2010-01-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ Cox, Trevor (2015-03-05). "10 of the world's best concert halls". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-28.

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