The Austrian conductor Martin Haselböck hails from a famous family of musicians. Following his studies in Vienna and Paris he gained an international reputation as an organ soloist, working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti and many others. Leading composers including Friedrich Cerha, Ernst Krenek, Alfred Schnittke, Cristobal Halffter and Amy Gilbert have written works for Martin Haselböck.
He has released over 50 CDs as a soloist. His recordings as an organist have brought many awards, including the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d’Or and the Hungarian Liszt Prize.
In 2014 Martin Haselböck established an important new concert series in Vienna, RESOUND Beethoven, performing the composer’s orchestral works in the historical Vienna venues of their earliest performances. The series has become an enormous success and including a recording of Beethoven’s music to Goethe’s Egmont, featuring the actor John Malkovich as narrator in a new English version by Christopher Hampton.
Martin Haselböck enjoys a busy career as a guest conductor with the world’s leading orchestras in Europe, Asia and North and South America.
He studied direction and screenwriting at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. Since 1990, he has been a freelance writer and director of films, theatre productions and operas. Alongside his opera productions he is regularly directing drama at Vienna's Volkstheater («Peer Gynt», «Hiob» and «Du bleibst bei mir») and also directed several operetta productions including «Die Fledermaus» (2008) with Franz Welser-Möst at Zürich Opera House and « The Czardasprincess» with conductor/intendant Stefan Soltesz at Aalto Theatre Essen (2010).
In early 2008, Sturminger started a project with the renowned organist and conductor Martin Haselböck. «The Infernal Comedy», a piece for orchestra, two sopranos and one actor, had its world premiere in Los Angeles, directed by and performed by John Malkovich. lt was produced and now directed by Sturminger in 2009 at the Ronacher Theatre, Vienna and Pera Lada Festival, Spain and afterwards went on a tour in Europe, North and South America.
John Gavin Malkovich is an American actor, producer, director, and fashion designer. Over the last 30 years of his career, Malkovich has appeared in more than 70 motion pictures. For his roles in Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire, he received Academy Award nominations. He has also appeared in well-received films such as Empire of the Sun, The Killing Fields, Dangerous Liaisons, Of Mice and Men, Being John Malkovich, Burn After Reading, RED, and Warm Bodies, as well as producing numerous films, including Juno and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Malkovich attended exclusively Illinois schools throughout his childhood and into adulthood, building a community of like-minded performers such as Joan Allen, Gary Sinise and Glenne Headly, all of whom co-founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1976. After appearing in numerous stage productions, Malkovich began acting in feature films in the late 1970s, garnering critical acclaim for his numerous dramatic and comedic roles in films such as Dangerous Liasions, Of Mice and Men, Being John Malkovich, and Burn After Reading. In keeping with his renaissance-man image, he created his own fashion company, Mrs. Mudd, in 2002. Malkovich continues to act, direct and produce numerous movies per year, and is considered one of the most influential voices in modern cinema.
Karen spent years working in New York City with the Circle Repertory Company, where she performed in The Diviners (and Asian tour), The Rimers of Eldrich (directed by Lanford Wilson) and Balm In Gilead, winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble, directed by John Malkovich. She was a founding member of the Barrow Group, developing many world premier works. Other favorite performances include The Goat, nominated for an ariZoni award, The Rainmaker (directed by Paul Sorvino), Trust, and The Great Grandson of Jedediah Kohler. Currently living in Los Angeles, Karen was a founding member of Circle Rep West, and loved performing in Rick Cleveland’s Home Grown, and Miles and Niki, directed by Peter Berg. Karen has also worked with the Ojai Playwrights Conference, developing and performing new works.
“Corona has stopped the American Premiere of „Just call me God - a Dictator’s final Speech“ which now is supposed to take place in April 2021. The piece written and directed by Austrian playwright Michael Sturminger is featuring the American actors John Malkovich and Karen Gregan and Austrian Organist Martin Haselböck.
Our video combines the reading of two scenes from „Just call me God“ with the „dark sounds“ played on the large organ in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. Two actors connected from their North American Studios to a Viennese Concert Hall, their performance combined with live music, filmed and mirrored back to their different locations: a format generated by the Corona restrictions which nevertheless could be an inspiration for the future.”