Musical Directors

Koen Schoots

Arranger, orchestrator and conductor Koen Schoots was born and educated in the Netherlands. His work spans the worlds of opera and musical theater. Trained as an opera conductor he worked at various opera houses in Europe and in the United States and conducted more than 50 operas. In 1992 he was appointed musical director for the German production of CATS in Hamburg, which marked the beginning of his musical theater career. He established a close collaboration with Frank Wildhorn in 1995, in preparations for the European Premiere of JEKYLL & HYDE in Bremen, Germany. Since then, he has served as Frank’s Musical Supervisor and conducted the European Openings of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL as well as DRACULA and the World Premieres of RUDOLF in Budapest, Hungary and THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO in Switzerland. Since his work on RUDOLF, he also serves as Arranger/Orchestrator for Frank’s new shows. He provided arrangements for RUDOLF (Budapest, Tokyo, Vienna, Seoul) as well as new arrangements and orchestrations for DRACULA (Graz, Austria, Tokyo, now licensed worldwide), CARMEN, VIVA AMOR! (Prague) THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (Switzerland, Tokyo, Seoul) as well as EXCALIBUR (Switzerland). From 2003 to 2005 he worked as an opera conductor at the Düsseldorf Opera House. In 2004 his standing collaboration with the Komische Oper in Berlin was initiated. To this day he conducts on a regular basis and has done new productions of SWEENEY TODD, KISS ME, KATE as well as WEST SIDE STORY. From 2004 through 2010 he was the chief conductor of the annual Open Air Opera Festival in St. Margarethen, Austria. He conducted AIDA, CARMEN, NABUCCO, LA TRAVIATA, RIGOLETTO as well as the ZAUBERFLÖTE. In 2010 he was appointed Musical Director and Chief Conductor for Vereinigte Bühnen in Vienna (VBW), the most prestigious musical theater company in the German speaking territory with an 82 people orchestra and 2 shows running simultaneously. Here among others he served as MD for TANZ DER VAMPIRE, SISTER ACT, ELISABETH, LEGALLY BLONDE, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LOVE NEVER DIES, MAMMA MIA!, MARY POPPINS and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Upcoming in Vienna will be EVITA, MOZART! as well as the world premiere of the new Stephen Schwartz musical SCHIKANEDER (work title) for which he will also provide vocal arrangements. Other projects include orchestrations for new Wildhorn projects in Switzerland, Germany and Korea as well as DON CAMILLO & PEPPONE by Michael Kunze and Dario Farina. In his capacity as chief conductor of VBW he also serves as Musical Supervisor for VBW’s licensed productions worldwide. Koen is married and lives near Vienna, Austria and when time allows in Cape Coral, Florida.