Corinna NIEMEYER, 31
Award winner of the Tokyo International Conducting Competition 2015 and the "Talent Chef d'Orchestre 2014" in Paris, German conductor Corinna Niemeyer has already a remarkable international conducting experience.
Working with renowned orchestras, her 2017/2018 highlights include two projects with Konzerthausorchester Berlin, as well as returning to Gürzenich-Orchester Köln.
She has appeared as guest conductor with Gürzenich Orchester Köln, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Sinfonieorchester Bern, Orchestre Colonne Paris, Osaka and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestras, among others.
Last season she made her opera début with critical acclaim: a contemporary production at Oper Augsburg and performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Oper Köln.
Since 2012 Niemeyer has been working closely with François-Xavier Roth, assisting him at SWR-Sinfonie-Orchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg and at Oper Köln. She also works as assistant of Iván Fischer since 2016.
Since 2010 Niemeyer is Artistic Director of the University Orchestra of Strasbourg (France), with up to 17 concerts per year. Since September 2016 she conducts the Orchestra of Sorbonne Universités Paris, which is affiliated to the major faculty of musicology of France. Enthusiastic about sharing her passion for music, she is also the conductor of a children and youth orchestra (DEMOS) at Philharmonie Paris.
Combining her background in musicology and music pedagogy with her charismatic on-stage-appearance, she is known for delivering captivating opening commentary at her family and student concerts. In the 2015 /2016 season she conducted nearly 30 school and family concerts with Bergische Symphoniker, acclaimed by audience and critics.
Niemeyer holds a Master’s degree in Orchestra Conducting from Hochschule der Künste Zürich and studied at the Conservatories of Music of Karlsruhe, Munich and Shanghai. She received important advice in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen and David Zinman.
Works conducted in the Competition:
Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op84 (excerpt)
Weber: Der Freischütz Overture (excerpt)
Round 2 – Semi-finals
Bartók: Divertimento (excerpt)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21: II Larghetto (excerpt)
Schumann: Symphony No 1 in B-flat, Op 38, “Spring” (excerpt)