Johannes Wildner (born 1956) is an Austrian conductor, conducting professor, and former member violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic.
Born in Austria in 1956, 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 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 Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London from 2010-2014. In 2014 he also became the director of the Austrian Opera Festival OPER BURG GARS. He was also appointed Professor of Conducting at the Vienna University of Music with effect of October 1, 2014.
He regularly appears as a guest conductor in major opera houses such as the Tokyo New National Theatre, the Arena di Verona, Leipzig, Volksoper Vienna, Graz, Salzburg, Prague and Zagreb State Opera, and with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo, the MDR Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Danish National Symphony Copenhagen, the China Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Johannes Wildner has recorded over 60 CDs, DVDs and videos, including the integral versions of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Mozart’s Così fan tutte, live recordings of Carmen and Nozze di Figaro, Bruckner’s Third and Ninth Symphonies, and various CDs of previously unknown repertoire by Zeisl, Marx and David. In 2010 he released Robert Schumann's Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra, with pianist Lev Vinocour and the RSO Vienna. In 2013, a recording of Beethoven's violin concerto with violinist Alexandre da Costa and Beethoven's 7th Symphony with Taipei Symphony Orchestra was released, as well as recordings of works by Braunfels and D'Erlanger with the BBC Concert Orchestra.