Vasily Petrenko

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko started his music education at the Saint Petersburg Capella Boys Music School – Russia’s oldest music school. He then studied at the Saint Petersburg Conservatoire where he participated in masterclasses with such luminary figures as Ilya Musin, Mariss Jansons and Yuri Temirkanov.

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Maestro Petrenko has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Czech Philharmonic, NHK Symphony and Sydney Symphony orchestras.

He has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, Grafenegg Festival and made frequent appearances at the BBC Proms.

He also collaborates with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and the San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Montréal and Saint Louis Symphony orchestras.

Prof. Lucius A. Hemmer

Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra

Professor Hemmer grew up in Hanover. He studied bassoon and later conducting in his hometown, Philadelphia and Munich and won several awards including two 1st prizes of the German competition "Jugend musiziert".

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Hemmer worked for many years as a freelance musician and soloist as well as a lecturer at the Munich Music University. He was a member of the festival orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival where he played as solo bassoonist under Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Georg Solti, Valery Gergiev and Christoph Eschenbach.

As a conductor he was director of the Camerata Academica, the orchestra of the Technical University of Munich. The extensive participation in radio, CD and TV productions rounds off his musical profile.

As a tour manager and later as an orchestra manager, he was in charge of the Philharmonic of Nations in Justus Frantz's team. In 1999 he moved to the Philharmonic State Orchestra Halle as orchestra director and then as director of the Amadé Chamber Philharmonic.

Since 2003, Hemmer has been the director of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra.

Prof. Colin Metters

Royal Academy of Music

Colin Metters is professor of conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he founded the conductors’ course in 1983. In 2013, he retired as Head of Studies after serving in the post for 30 years.

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Metters remains as professor of conducting at the Academy’s Postgraduate Conductors’ Course. He has given master classes in Germany, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, China, Venezuela, Vietnam and the USA.

He has worked extensively with the Dirigenten Forum in Germany directing master classes and serving many times as a jury member. In 2008 he represented the UK on the jury for the 5th Prokofiev International Conducting Competition in Saint Petersburg.

Nayden Todorov

Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

Nayden Todorov was born in Bulgaria and made his debut as a conductor at the age of 16. He began studying conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and continued this at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem with professor Mendi Rodan.

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His first permanent international engagement was in Israel with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra where he was chosen from more than 150 applicants as a permanent conductor. At the age of only 26 he was invited as a music director to the Plovdiv Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra proving to be the youngest conductor in Bulgaria.

For 12 years Todorov was director of the State Opera in Ruse, Bulgaria. Parallel to his work in Bulgaria, maestro conducted hundreds of symphony concerts, opera and ballet performances with various concerts and opera crews worldwide.

Over the years, maestro Todorov has worked with all symphony orchestras and opera theatres of his homeland. At his concerts with the Sofia Philharmonic, Todorov collaborated with some of the world’s most famous singers and instrumentalists such as Raina Kabaivanska, Angela Georgiou, Sonya Yoncheva, Vesselina Kasarova, Paul Badura Skoda, Ivo Pogorelich, Yuriy Bashmet, Patricia Kopatschinskaja, Sarah Chang, Maxim Vengerov, Viktoria Mullova, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin and many others.

In 2019, for his concerts with the Sofia Philharmonic, Nayden Todorov was voted for the second time Musician of the Year by the listeners of the Bulgarian National Radio.

Thomas Sanderling

Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra

He grew up in St Petersburg, where his father, the celebrated conductor Kurt Sanderling, was permanent conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

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He graduated from the Music School of the Leningrad Conservatory and went on to study conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in East Berlin, becoming Music Director of the Halle Opera at 24 years old.

By his mid-twenties he was conducting in all East Germany's principal orchestras and opera houses, including the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Leipzig Gewandhaus and won the Berlin Critic's Prize for his opera performances at the Komische Oper Berlin. His CD of Shostakovich's Michelangelo Suite (premiere recording) directly lead to his becoming assistant to both Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein.

In the early 1980s he became permanent guest conductor of the Deutsche Staatsoper Unter Den Linden, which led to his successful debut at the Wiener Staatsoper, conducting Die Zauberflöte. Immediately afterwards the Wiener Staatsoper invited him to conduct Le Nozze di Figaro - the first performance after the death of the great Karl Böhm. He has won many prizes and a competition and is particularly renowned for the German, Russian and French orchestral repertory.

In 2002 Sanderling became the Guest Conductor of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, in 2007 he became the Principal Guest Conductor of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, in August 2017 Maestro Sanderling became the Chief Conductor of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra.

Peter Gülke

Winner of the main Ernst von Siemens Music Prize 2014

Peter Gülke, Kapellmeister and musicologist from Weimar, studied in his hometown, Jena and Leipzig and worked as a conductor in Rudolstadt, Stendal, Potsdam, Stralsund, Dresden, as GMD in Weimar and Wuppertal, but most recently (until 2020) in Brandenburg; as a university lecturer in Dresden, Freiburg, Basel and Zurich, in both functions as a guest, among others with many European orchestras, for many years a.o. in Eindhoven, Bern and Vienna, as well as in the USA and China.

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As a teacher he is i.a. worked for many years within the Conductors' Forum at the German Music Council and at the Summer Academy of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and also works on musicology (monographic studies on Guillaume Du Fay, Rousseau, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann); Carrier, etc. the Sigmund Freund Prize of the German Academy for Language and Poetry 1995 and the Siemens Music Prize 2014.

The most recent publications include “From Bach to Beethoven. Forays through great music ”, Kassel 2014,“ Music and Farewell ”, Kassel / Stuttgart 2015; "Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy -" Who sees through the contradictions of the time most clearly ", Kassel / Stuttgart 2017; “Mein Weimar”, Berlin 2019, “The Art of Interpretation. Conversations about Beethoven and Schubert ”(together with Alfred Brendel), Kassel / Stuttgart 2020).


Beethoven International Conducting Competition

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