About

“… in his work with the musicians he shows outstanding intensity to lead and to inspire .” (Annette Zühlke, Executive Assistance to Music Director Kirill Petrenko, Bavarian State Opera, Munich)
“Образованный, талантливый музыкант, яркий представитель нового поколения профессиональных дирижеров. Он проявил исключительную целеустремленность, Ответственность, Готовность, Качества, Необходимые, в работе Дирижёра – профессионала.” (Заслуженный деятель Искусств России, Проф. А. В. Алексеев)
“… an exceptional conductor who can work on any period in the repertoire with very clear musical ideas, which he brings to fruition. He is exceptional in more than one way as a composer, conductor, thinker, and a person.”
(Chaya Czernowin, Composer “Heart Chamber”, Deutsche Oper Berlin)

German-Austrian conductor and composer Kai Johannes Polzhofer, who graduated from the Conservatories Graz (Austria), Leipzig (Germany), and Harvard University (USA), has, before even starting his conducting training, already been selected as participant of internationally acclaimed masterclasses with Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Sian Edwards, Jorma Panula, and Daniele Gatti, as well professionally assisted Maestros Ilan Volkov, Federico Cortese and Leonid Grin. He already worked with soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre at the New Stages-series at the Alexandrinsky Theatre Petersburg, with members of Deutsche Oper Berlin and Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in a cycle of Bach-cantatas in Berlin, conducted the Järvi Akadeemia Sinfonietta, and in 2015 re-arranged and premiered Alban Berg’s last until then not performed work (Symphony Fragment from 1913) in Boston. His music has internationally been broadcast (Österreich 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR KlassikEstonian National Radio, Radio Rossii), and he worked with leading ensembles of the contemporary music scene such like Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet, Ensemble Recherche, Elision Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, and  the JACK Quartet, the “nation’s most important quartet” (The New York Times), as well has been presented at prestigious Festivals like Darmstädter Ferienkurse. He received numerous awards, and publishes regularly about philosophy and music from Beethoven to Franz Schreker, as well in 2016 he released the book Perspectives for Contemporary Music in the 21st Century.  As a conductor he further worked with America’s oldest symphony orchestra, the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra, the Spazio Musicale Opera Festival Orchestra (Orvieto), the Dartington Festival Orchestra, and the Conservatory Orchestra St. Petersburg.

At the moment he is transitioning from academia into conducting, and finishes his studies with former Hans Swarowsky student Alexander Vasilievich Alexeev at the prestigious Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in Saint Petersburg (Russia). He received numerous stipends and prizes. In addition, Polzhofer lectured at Harvard University and the philosophy department of University Leipzig.

Active in understanding music as a key to support change in society, he has been throughout the years active in initiating new cultural platforms. Polzhofer is co-founder and former Music Director of the DuBois Orchestra at Harvard (fighting discrimination of race and gender through classical music), initiator and artistic advisor of forma Leipzig (fostering dialogue between contemporary music and literature), and most recently artistic director of the Kandinsky Orchestra Petersburg (introducing German-Austrian repertoire to Russia, and fostering a dialogue between Europe and Russia, as well as with the local contemporary dance scene).

Since 2013 his compositions are published by Edition Gravis (Berlin).


Немецко-австрийский дирижёр и композитор Кай Йоханнес Польцхофер (родился в Мюнхене, Германия в 1989 году) с отличием окончил консерваторию в Лейпциге по классу композиции и философский факультет университета в Граце, в 2018 году получил докторскую степень Гарвардском университете (США). Проходил обучение у маэстро Леонида Грина (Филадельфия, США). С 2018 года является студентом проф. Александра Васильевича Алексеева Санкт-Петербургской Государственной консерватории. Кай Польцхофер является обладателем многих наград, а также публикаций о философии и музыке, преподавал теорию музыки в Гарвардском университете и философию в университете Лейпцига. Помимо статей о музыке и философии, Кай пишет произведения и дирижирует. Его музыка транслировалась по радио Österreich1, Bayerischer Rundfunk. Он работал с ведущими ансамблями современной музыкальной сцены: JACK Quartet, Ensemble Recherche, Parker Quartet, Elision Ensemble и др. Был участником мастер-классов с Пааво Ярви, Неэме Ярви, Даниэлем Гатти и Сиан Эдвардс и работал помощником дирижеров Илана Волкова и Федерико Кортезе. Инициатор и соучредитель Forma Leipzig, Гарвардского оркестра DuBois и петербургского Kandinsky Orchestra С 2013 года его произведения издаются издательством Gravis (Берлин).