Corinna

Niemeyer

Conductor

Corinna Niemeyer was appointed Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg in September 2020. This

follows a two-year tenure as Assistant Conductor with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in 18/19 and 19/20.

Corinna’s enthusiasm for conveying music in innovative ways, combined with an in-depth approach to all the repertoire she conducts, 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 of all age groups and for her creative approach to presenting concerts.

Highlights of the 2022-23 season include conducting Britten's Rape of Lucretia, a co-production between the Royal Opera House London and Britten Pears Arts.

Alongside regular engagements with her orchestra Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg, 2022-23 also sees Corinna perform with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ensemble Modern, Hallé, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Saarländisches Staatsorchester and Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, amongst others.

Last season Corinna conducted successful debuts with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and Real Filharmonía de Galicia. Corinna has also continued her association with the period orchestra Les Siècles, and she made her Opéra de Lille debut in February 2022 with Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges.

Corinna is making her mark as an opera conductor and last season debuted with Opéra de Metz, Rossini Le Comte Ory, and at Grand Theatre de la Ville de Luxembourg in 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’s second season with the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg will again reflect her innovative approach to programming. Highlights include: pairing the "nature sounds" of Les Élémens by baroque composer Jean-Féry Rebel with the bird song featured in Rautavaara's Cantus Arcticus; exploring the musical relations between major works of Robert Schumann and his contemporary French colleague Louise Farrenc; reviving a dada cabaret with Schönberg's Cabaret Songs, pieces by Milhaud and Ibert, and the Mysteries of the Macabre by anniversary composer Györgi Ligeti.

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.

Since 2012 she has enjoyed close collaborations 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 "Medaille de l'Université" by the University of Strasbourg in 2022 and  the "Prix de l’Amitié franco-allemande" in 2018 by the German Consulate General in Strasbourg for her cross-border cultural commitment. From 2016 to 2018, she was lecturer and principal conductor of the orchestra at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She also regularly conducts the children's orchestra (DEMOS) at the Philharmonie de Paris.