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Corinna

Niemeyer

Conductor

Corinna Niemeyer was appointed Music Director of the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg in September 2020. Her enthusiasm for conveying music in innovative ways is reflected in the breadth of her activities, which include period music ensembles, contemporary premieres, cross-disciplinary projects, opera, as well as mainstream symphonic projects. She has established a reputation for her ability to connect with audiences and for her creative approach to presenting concerts.

Corinna is establishing her reputation as an opera conductor and started the season with a return to the Royal Opera House to conduct the UK premiere of Sir George Benjamin’s opera Picture a day like this. This followed her debut at the Linbury Theatre in Autumn 2022 with Oliver Mears’ new production of Britten's Rape of Lucretia, co-produced with Britten Pears Arts. The 2023/24 season will also see Corinna conduct productions of Massenet's Cendrillon at Opéra de Lausanne and Purcell's The Fairy Queen at Theater St Gallen.

Corinna’s innovative programming is reflected in the repertoire she conducts with the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg which this season includes Haydn, Mozart, Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre and Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with Ian Bostridge.

Recent and future orchestral highlights include the Orchestre de Paris, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, l’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Heidelberg Philharmonic, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Beethoven Orchester Bonn and Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. Corinna also regularly conducts Les Siècles and Ensemble Modern.

 

Corinna made her debut at Opéra de Lille in 2022, conducting Les Siècles in a production of Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges . She has also conducted Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Cologne Opera,

Rossini’s Le Comte Ory at Opéra de Metz, and at Grand Theatre de la Ville de Luxembourg a double-bill featuring Viktor Ullmann's one act opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis and the world premiere of Eugene Birman En vertu de… about the European Human Rights Convention.

 

Corinna completed her training as a conductor at the Hochschule der Künste Zürich and previously studied orchestra conducting, cello and musicology at the conservatories of Munich, Karlsruhe, and Shanghai. She has won awards from a number of international conducting competitions, including Tokyo International Conducting Competition in 2015, and Talent Chef d'orchestre in Paris in 2014. She took up a two-year tenure as Assistant Conductor with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018.

Since 2012 she has worked with Francois-Xavier Roth, assisting him in his work with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Cologne Opera and Les Siècles. This included major projects such as Berlioz’s Les Troyens at the Festival Berlioz in La Côte-Saint-André, and contemporary programmes for Musikfest Berlin. Over the years she has also worked as an assistant to Ivan Fischer, Lahav Shani and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. During her studies, she was Artistic Director of the Orchestre Universitaire de Strasbourg, establishing the orchestra as one of the most active university orchestras in Europe. She was awarded the "Prix de l’Amitié franco-allemande" in 2018 by the German Consulate General in Strasbourg for her cross-border cultural commitment. Since 2023 Corinna is the conductor of  the DEMOS Youth Orchestra of Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie de Paris.

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