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Hendrik Vestmann

Hendrik Vestmann studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and at the Karlsruhe University of Music with Prof. Wolf-Dieter Hauschild.

Since 2001, he has conducted numerous orchestras, including the MDR Sin­fo­nie­orchester, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the symphony orchestras in Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Bochum, and Nuremberg, the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, the Saarland State Orchestra, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra (Finland), and the Graz Pilharmonic Orchestra. In 2007, he gave his conducting debut with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Herford in Zurich’s ›Tonhalle‹. In 2012, he directed the Istanbul concert tour of the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hendrik Vestmann has been awarded the Hermann-Abendroth-Prize in Weimar. He was a finalist and special award recipient of the ›Deutscher Dirigentenpreis‹ (German Conducting Award) in 2006.

Vestmann’s opera career started at the Heidelberg Theater, where he gave his debut with Rossini’s ›La Cenerentola‹. Between 2004 and 2006, he was Music Director at the Tartu Theater in Estonia. In 2006, he was appointed First Kapellmeister and Assistant Music Director at the Münster Theater, where he conducted a varied repertory spanning from ›Boris Godunov‹ to ›Tristan und Isolde‹.

As a guest conductor, Hendrik Vestmann has performed, among others, at the Mannheim National Theater (›La Traviata‹), the Hannover State Theater (›La Bohème‹), the Estonian National Opera (›Der Freischütz‹), and the opera houses of Karlsruhe, Aachen, and Graz (Mozart’s ›Don Giovanni‹). In 2014, he directed a revival production of ›The Marriage of Figaro‹ at the Komische Oper Berlin, where he also performed Barrie Kosky‘s hugely successful production of ›The Magic Flute‹ within the same season.

Hendrik Vestmann has been Chief Conductor of the Bonn Opera since the 2013/14 season. His performances of new productions, among them ›Written on skin‹ and ›Tosca‹, as well as the revival of ›The Magic Flute‹, have met with great acclaim. This season, he will conduct ›Fidelio‹, ›The Tales of Hoffmann‹, ›Salome‹, and ›Turandot‹.

With the 2016/17 season he will become music director of the Oldenburg State Theatre.

  (Status 2015, Source: Harrison Parrott)


Andrew Manze

Few conductors have the ability to inspire their audience and their orchestra equally – Andrew Manze, chief conductor of the ›NDR Radiophilharmonie‹ since the beginning of the 2014/2015 season, is one of them. His boundless energy, in-depth knowledge of the repertory, and his excellent ability to communicate musically are the trademarks of Manze’s extraordinary career.

As a guest conductor, Andrew Manze feels right at home on the world’s most prolific stages. He regularly performs with ensembles such as the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of the BBC, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In September 2006, Manze was appointed Music Director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden. In the 2010/2011 season, he was Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Sym-phony Orchestra. Between 2008 and 2011, Manze was First Guest Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

After studying classics at the University of Cambridge, Manze began to study violin and quickly became one of the leading experts of historical performance practice. In 1996, he became director of the Academy of Ancient Music and between 2003 and 2007, he was the artistic director of ›The English Concert‹. As a violinist, Manze released a prolific number of CDs, many of which received awards.

Andrew Manze is a guest professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Oslo Academy. Additio-nally, he contributed to the new editions of sonatas and concertos by Mozart and Brahms that were published by Bärenreiter and Breitkopf & Härtel.

In November 2011, Manze was awarded the ›Rolf Schock Prize‹ in Stockholm, the previous recipients of which include Mauricio Kagel and Gidon Kremer.

  (Status 2015, Source: NDR Radiophilharmonie)


Karen Kamensek

Karen Kamensek was born in Chicago. In 2011, she was appointed Music Director of the Hannover State Opera. During and immediately following her studies at Indiana University, she conducted at the Houston Grand Opera, toured with the New York City Opera and directed the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Honduras, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Bochum Symphony Orchestra. Kamensek is especially fond of the composer Philip Glass and conducted, among others, the premieres of Glass’ operas ›Orphée‹ (1993) and ›Les Enfants Terribles‹ (1996). The performance of ›Orphée‹ at the Jeunesses Musicales Festival in Weikersheim marked her European debut as a conductor.

Between 2000 and 2002, Karen Kamensek was Music Director at the Volksoper Vienna; from 2003 until 2006, she conducted at the Freiburg Theater as Music Director. During the 2007/2008 season, she was appointed interim Music Director at the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor, followed by an engagement as Assistant Music Director at the Hamburg State Opera between 2008 and 2011.

As a sought-after guest conductor, Karen Kamensek has been conducting at major opera houses all over the world, including the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Frankfurt Opera, the Stuttgart State Opera, the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, the Volksoper Vienna, the Prague State Opera, the Opéra National de Bordeaux, the San Diego Opera, and the Opera Australia Melbourne. Additionally, Karen Kamensek has conducted the Basel Sinfonietta, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Vlaams Radio Orchestra Brussels, and the Vienna Radio Sym-phony Orchestra.

  (Status 2015, Source: Nds. Staatsorchester)




Conductors 2012

    • Final/Gala Concert: Hannu Lintu, NDR Radiophilharmonie
    • Opening Concert: Karen Kamensek, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover
    • Special Concert: Arno Volmer, NDR Radiophilharmonie


Conductors 2009

    • Final/Gala Concert: Nicholas Milton, NDR Radiophilharmonie
    • Semifinal: Agnieszka Duczmal, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
    • Opening Concert: Wolfgang Bozic, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover
    • Special Concert: Eiji Oue, NDR Radiophilharmonie


Conductors 2006

    • Final/Gala Concert: Christoph Poppen, NDR Radiophilharmonie
    • Semifinal: Agnieszka Duczmal, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
    • Opening Concert: Enrique Mazzola, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover


Conductors 2003

    • Final/Gala Concert: Eiji Oue, NDR Radiophilharmonie
    • Semifinal: Agnieszka Duczmal, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
    • Opening Concert: Shao-Chia Lü, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover


Conductors 2000

    • Final/Gala Concert: Yan Pascal Tortelier, NDR Radiophilharmonie
    • Semifinal: Agnieszka Duczmal, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
    • Opening Concert: Hans Urbanek, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover


Conductors 1997

    • Final/Gala Concert: Janós Fürst, NDR Radiophilharmonie
    • Semifinal: Agnieszka Duczmal, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
    • Opening Concert: Andreas Delfs, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover


Conductors 1994

    • Final/Gala Concert: Roberto Benzi, NDR Radiophilharmonie
    • Semifinal: Agnieszka Duczmal, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra


Conductors 1991

    • Final/Gala Concert: Jacek Kaspszyk, NDR Radiophilharmonie
    • Semifinal: Hans Urbanek, Kammerorchester des Niedersächsisches Staatsorchesters
    • Opening Concert: George Alexander Albrecht, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover