Corinna Niemeyer & Junge Deutsche Philharmonie: new commissions and slam poetry

Corinna Niemeyer this week joins the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie for a five-city tour marking the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, conducting an innovative programme that brings together new music, slam poetry and the visual arts.

Though only active for 14 years, the Bauhaus revolutionised creative and artistic thinking and work worldwide. Among the distinguished teachers who worked there were founder Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Oskar Schlemmer.

Corinna and an ensemble from the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie will present five new commissions for woodwind and percussion, based on paintings by famous Bauhaus artists Josef Albers, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, L’szlé Moholy-Nagy and Oskar Schlemmer. They perform alongside five slam poets, who deal with the same paintings in their texts.

Alongside her Assistant Conductor position with Rotterdam Philharmonic, Corinna has enjoyed guest conducting relationships with the Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

A passionate advocate for education, Corinna became Artistic Director of the Orchestre Universitaire de Strasbourg during her studies, establishing the orchestra as one of the most active university orchestras in Europe, and works regularly with the Philharmonie de Paris’ DEMOS childrens’ orchestra. She spoke about her youth work in a recent interview, saying:

I am always amazed how intensively you can get into the music, even with an orchestra of beginners like Demos [Philharmonie de Paris’ DEMOS children’s orchestra]. Of course you can make an immediate difference in sound. Naturally they have a sense of beauty that you can help them discover and grow. And you can immediately feel how enriching the musicmaking is to their lives. For a rehearsal with 115 kids you need to be super concentrated, but they also give a wonderful energy back, it is very gratifying.”


Carlos CÉRDENAS (*1985) back and forth (2019)
Martin GRÜTTER (*1983) Fernflower (2019)
Marianna LIIK (*1992) Transparent (2019)
Gerhard MÜLLER-HORNBACH (*1951) Tiefen(t)räume (2019)
Aziza SADIKOVA (*1987) One figure (2019)

Slam poets:
Franziska Holzheimer
Samuel Kramer
Dalibor Markovic
Tanasgol Sabbagh
Leticia Election

26 September, Hanau, Comoedienhaus Wilhelmsbad
28 September, Wiesbaden, Casino-Gesellschaft
29 September, Darmstadt, Centralstation
30 September, Frankfurt, Mousonturm
1 October, Offenbach, Sparkasse, Berliner Straße 46

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