Oliver Stech became Choirmaster of the Vienna Boys Choir in 2011. He has led the choir in numerous concerts, and on tours of Europe, Asia, South America, and the US.
Stech is responsible for the boys’ repertoire; he conducts choir and solo rehearsals and prepares the boys for the sung services in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel. In addition, he trains the boys for productions at Vienna’s two opera houses, and for performances with conductors including Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Franz Welser-Möst, and Simone Young. Appearances on radio and television, sound recordings, and film shoots are also part of the choir’s routine. Stech conducted the boys on the set of Curt Faudon’s films Songs for Mary (2013) and Good Shepherds (2017), in Palestine, Italy, and Austria.
Oliver Stech was born in Waidhofen/Ybbs, Lower Austria. As a child, he received piano and singing lessons. Stech went on to study romance languages at the University of Vienna and piano, voice, conducting, and music paedagogy at the University of Music, focussing on choral and ensemble conducting. He has founded and led a number of choirs, and has himself appeared publicly, both as a tenor soloist and as a choir member. In 2009, Stech was appointed assistant to Heinz Ferlesch, the artistic director of the Vienna Singakademie—the resident choir of Vienna’s Konzerthaus. In 2010, Stech became a lecturer at the University of Music in Vienna. As of 2019, he has also been working with Chorus Juventus, the youth chorus of the Vienna Boys Choir.