Michael Zehetner began his musical life as a pianist, later studying orchestral conducting at the Vienna Conservatory. He has received awards from the Austrian Ministry of Culture, the Richard Wagner Association, and the Upper Austrian Government. He was appointed conductor at the German theatres of Detmold and Erfurt and has served as guest conductor at the Lehár Festival Bad Ischl in Austria since 2010. Maestro Zehetner has worked with the Slovak Philharmonic, the Ensemble Neue Streicher Klosterneuburg, the Neue Oper Wien, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen, and the symphony orchestras of Göttingen and Nürnberg. As a musical director for Bühne Baden he has been responsible for numerous opera and operetta productions at Bühne Baden in Austria.