Conductors

Corinna Niemeyer

Artistic and Music Director, Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg

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Introduction

Corinna Niemeyer has just been appointed Artistic and Music Director for the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg from September 2020. This appointment follows 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 as a guest conductor, which includes 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.

In the 2020-21 season, guest conducting engagements include projects with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National des Pays de Loire, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bremen Philharmonic, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Nordic Chamber Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias.

Corinna is also making her mark as an opera conductor. In May-June 2019 she made an acclaimed debut at Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland with a new production and Swiss premiere of Ernst Krenek’s original take on Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, in which she was praised for her “sensitive and committed interpretation” (Deutschlandfunk). Her debut at Cologne Opera in May 2017, conducting Le nozze di Figaro, led to two further engagements in 2017/18, including performances of La traviata. In 2016, she led a contemporary production of Udo Zimmermann’s Weiße Rose at the Theater Augsburg, praised as “moving” (BR-Klassik) and of “great intensity” (a3Kultur).

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 including 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, Valery Gergiev and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. During her studies, she became 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. She also regularly conducts the children’s orchestra (DEMOS) at the Philharmonie de Paris.  From 2016 to 2018, she was lecturer and principal conductor at the Sorbonne University in Paris and will continue to be associated with the Sorbonne Orchestra as guest conductor.


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    11 May 19 L'incoronazione di Poppea | House Debut |
    Theater St. Gallen

    “Corinna Niemeyer und das Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen bringen diese neobarocke Musik mit durchaus spätromantischen und expressionistischen Einsprengseln frisch und direkt herüber. Ein genauer Kontakt zur Bühne trägt viel zum Gesamteindruck einer konzentrierten Kompaktheit dieser Opernrarität bei. Die gut zwei Stunden des von Krenek angenehm gekürzten, auf den Punkt gebrachten Stoffes um Liebe und Verrat am Hof Neros gehören zum Kurzweiligsten und Spannendsten, was man in letzter Zeit in St. Gallen erlebt hat.”

    “Corinna Niemeyer and the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra bring this neo-baroque music fresh and straightforward with quite late-romantic and expressionist insinuations. Close contact with the stage contributes much to the overall impression of a concentrated compactness of this operatic rarity. The good two hours of Krenek’s pleasantly cut-to-the-point stuff about love and betrayal at the court of Nero are among the most entertaining and exciting things one has recently experienced in St. Gallen.”

    Martin Preisser, Tagblatt, 12 May 19

    “Das Sinfonieorchester St.Gallen unter der Leitung von Corinna Niemeyer transportiert diese instrumentale Farbpalette aufs Wunderbarste, zeigt die motivischen Verästelungen mit der gebotenen Transparenz. Der Orchesterklang ist nie zu dick oder zu aufdringlich, auch in den beiden Vorspielen und dem Intermezzo herrscht eine kluge dynamische Subtilität vor, die das Ohr zum aufmerksamen Zuhören lenkt. Und wer nun denkt, hm Krenek, Dodekaphonie, Dissonanz, dem sei Entwarnung gegeben. Das ist alles wunderbar fein, zart, ganz Monteverdi, aber in einem hoch spannenden Gewand.”

    “The Symphony Orchestra of St. Gallen under the direction of Corinna Niemeyer transports this instrumental colour palette to the most wonderful, showing the motivic ramifications with the required transparency. The orchestral sound is never too thick or too intrusive, and in the two overtures and the intermezzo there is a clever dynamic subtlety that directs the ear to attentive listening. And who now thinks, hm Krenek, dodecaphony, dissonance, the all-clear given. This is all wonderfully fine, delicate, quite Monteverdi, but in a highly exciting garb.”

    Erstellt von Kaspar Sannemann, Oper Aktuell, 12 May 19

    “[…] in einer anspruchsvollen, oft kleingliedrigen Partitur, welche die junge Dirigentin Corinna Niemeyer technisch sensibel disponiert und gestaltet; eine feine Leistung.”

    “Corinna Niemeyer plans and designs [the detailed score] in a technically sensitive way; a fine performance.”

    Felix Michel, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 12 May 19

    “Ein Höhepunkt der spielerisch reichen, unter der Leitung von Corinna Niemeyer prägnant musizierten Krenek-Partitur war das Intermezzo in der Mitte des zweiteiligen Abends, gleichsam ein neobarockes Concerto.”

    “A highlight of the playfully rich, under the direction of Corinna Niemeyer concisely played Krenek score was the interlude in the middle of the two-part evening, as a Neo-Baroque Concerto.”

    Rocco Sound

    “Der durchsichtige Orchestersatz lässt in der engagierten, sensiblen Interpretation Corinna Niemeyers und des Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen verblüffende, fantasievolle Details der Partitur hören.”

    “Schon der erfreulichen sängerischen wie musikalischen Leistung wegen lohnt der Besuch der Produktion, die als Alternative zu historisch informierten Aufführungen äußerst interessant ist.”

    “The transparent orchestral movement in the dedicated, sensitive interpretation of Corinna Niemeyer and the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen hears amazing, imaginative details of the score.”

    “For the gratifying vocal and musical performance, it is worth visiting the production as an alternative to historically informed performances extremely interesting. ”

    Dieter David Scholz, Deutschlandfunk, 13 May 19