Anja Bihlmaier


Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest Den Haag
Principal Guest Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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Anja Bihlmaier’s strong musical instinct, abundant charisma and natural leadership have propelled her to the forefront of recently established conductors both on the symphonic and operatic stages. In August she assumes the role of Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague alongside her position as Principal Guest Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
Bihlmaier opens the 21/22 season at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw commencing her tenure as Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest, swiftly followed by opening concerts of the orchestra’s long-anticipated new hall, Amare. Besides regular concerts in Amsterdam and The Hague, she conducts the orchestra at the Bodensee Festival in May and a tour of Germany is planned next season. Programmes include Mahler Symphony No 4, Sibelius Symphonies Nos 2 and 5 and Verdi Requiem, plus Schumann Symphonies which will be recorded for later release.

Elsewhere this season Bihlmaier conducts the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, SWR Symphonieorchester, Finnish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Swedish Chamber and Pacific Symphony Orchestras all for the first time, and returns to Gothenburg Symphony, Orquestra y Coro Nacional de España and Barcelona Symphony, amongst others.
„…This was one of the most unsettling performances of this work that I have heard and it made me hear this symphony in a new light. Even at its most light-hearted, in the third movement, there was “always the feeling that things could spin out of control”, to quote the excellent online notes. And yet there was plenty of fun and high spirits as well, sitting alongside more serious matters but never overwhelmed by them. The playing of the BBC Philharmonic this evening was outstanding.”Peter Connors /
With diverse repertoire ranging from Haydn through to Mahler alongside Sibelius, Bartók, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Louise Farrenc and Mikko Heiniö, Anja Bihlmaier has recently conducted the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestras.

With a passion for opera, Bihlmaier amassed 15 years of experience from positions at Staatsoper Hannover, Theater Chemnitz and Staatstheater Kassel with productions including Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, Bizet Carmen, Massenet Werther, Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro and Dvořák Rusalka. More recently she conducted Gounod Faust with Trondheim Opera, Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Malmö Opera and has regularly conducted Volksoper Wien including productions of Carmen, Die Fledermaus, Le Nozze di Figaro and Henry Mason’s highly acclaimed new production of Die Zauberflöte. Future plans include Der Fliegende Holländer in Tampere.

Following studies at the Freiburg Conservatory of Music, Anja Bihlmaier won a scholarship to study with Dennis Russell Davies and Jorge Rotter at the Salzburg Mozarteum. She won further scholarships from the Brahms Foundation and was admitted onto the Deutsche Dirigentenforum. She now makes her home in The Hague where she can indulge her love of nature, surfing and cycling.
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20:00 Uhr
DK / Kopenhagen - Tivoli Concert Hall -
Anja Bihlmaier, Arthur & Lucas Jussen, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra
11:00 Uhr
NL / Amsterdam - Concertgebouw - Grote Zaal
Anja Bihlmaier, Boris Giltburg, Residentie Orkest Den Haag
20:00 Uhr
NL / Den Haag - Amare -
Anja Bihlmaier, Yeol Eum Son, Residentie Orkest Den Haag
NL / Den Haag - Amare -
Anja Bihlmaier, Yeol Eum Son, Residentie Orkest Den Haag
20:15 Uhr
NL / Rotterdam - Concertgebouw De Doelen - Grote Zaal
Anja Bihlmaier, Yeol Eum Son, Residentie Orkest Den Haag
14:15 Uhr
NL / Den Haag - Amare -
Anja Bihlmaier, Tobias Feldmann, Residentie Orkest Den Haag
17:00 Uhr
DE / Suhl - Congress Centrum Suhl -
Anja Bihlmaier, MDR-Sinfonieorchester, MDR-Rundfunkchor, Lenneke Ruiten, Ulrike Schneider, Maximilian Schmitt, Patrick Zielke


Robert Schumann, Symphony No. 4 with the Finnish Radio Orchestra
Georges Bizet, Carmen Suite No. 2 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Charles Gounod, Romeo and Juliet at the Staatstheater Kassel (Part 1)


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