Martin Kerschbaum was born in St. Johann in Tyrol, Austria, and studied music in Vienna. While he was working as an orchestra musician at the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Kerschbaum began to devote himself more and more to conducting.

Highlights of his career include a program entitled Mozart and the Turks (a contribution to Vienna’s 2006 official Mozart Year), which he staged together with his Vienna Classical Players orchestra at the Wiener Konzerthaus, and the double CD recording of Mozart’s concertos for violin and orchestra with soloist Rainer Honeck for the Orfeo International label. Kerschbaum’s recording of Karl Komzák’s Badner Mad’ln waltz, again with the Vienna Classical Players, on a CD of rarities from the Strauß era (Reutterer Music label) was voted one of the world top 40 Classical music interpretations on Nokia’s music platform in 2006. In addition to CD recordings covering the complete series of Joseph Haydn’s cello concertos in June 2008, Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s concertos for violin and for violin and piano in 2009 and Dvorak’s cello concerto in 2010, a debut recording of Franz Danzi’s cello concerto in E minor, also in 2010, received great acclaim. Moreover, Kerschbaum put together themed concerts for the Feldkirch Festival and for the Wiener Festwochen.

Since 2008, Martin Kerschbaum has regularly toured Germany and Scandinavia for several weeks with the K&K Philharmoniker. On the occasion of the Tyrolean Beethoven Days in Thiersee in 2009, Kerschbaum also conducted a much-acclaimed guest concert of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with this orchestra.
In August 2009, Kerschbaum made his first appearance at the Bregenz Festival at a
large open air concert; he was invited to conduct a concert with works by contemporary composer Johannes Maria Staud in the Art Of Our Times cycle in 2010. In the same year, on invitation of Maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev, the conductor made his Moscow debut with the renowned Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra playing works by Haydn and Mozart under his baton. Kerschbaum’s efforts were immediately rewarded with an invitation to return in the next season. Moreover, Kerschbaum debuted as a guest conductor with the Orquesta de Córdoba and the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne in 2010.
Martin Kerschbaum has been the chief conductor of the Vienna Classical Players since
2003 and has toured Malta, Italy, Germany and Turkey with this ensemble in recent years. He was invited to appear with this orchestra at various Austrian festivals, such as the Weinklang Festival Raiding and the Landecker Musikwochen, as well as in Pécs in Hungary, one of the three European Capitals of Culture in 2010.

Guest conductorships and tours have taken Kerschbaum to Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Malta, San Marino, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Switzerland,Turkey, and the U.S.A. Martin Kerschbaum has also conducted the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen Switzerland, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, the Oldenburgische Staatsorchester, the Wiener Concert-Verein, the orchestra of the Bad Ischl Operetta Festival, the Badener Städtisches Orchester, the Belluno Chamber Orchestra, the Wieniawski Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tampa West Coast Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the Filharmonia Koszalinw, the Sarajevo Philhamonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Malta, and the orchestra of the Almaty Opera.
Martin Kerschbaum