Anja Bihlmaier

Conductor

Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest Den Haag
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Biography

Anja Bihlmaier’s musical intuition, charisma, and passion allied with precision make her one of the leading conductors of her generation. She has been Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest since August 2021.
Notable debuts in 23/24 have included London Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Mahler Chamber, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony orchestras and at the Salzburg Mozartwoche. Following her BBC Proms debut in 2023 she returns in 2024, again with the BBC Philharmonic but also bringing Glyndebourne’s production of Carmen after performances at the main festival throughout August.

In 24/25 she conducts the Munich Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie, WDR Cologne, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Bergen Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Seattle and Toronto symphonies, Spanish National and Orquesta da Galicia. She returns to the National Symphony in Dublin for Mahler 9 and takes the Residentie Orkest to Bonn for the start of her three-year residency at the Beethovenfest.

Bihlmaier has a wide-ranging repertoire that includes Haydn, Mahler, Bruckner, Strauss, B.A. Zimmermann to Sibelius, Bartók, Dvořák, Shostakovich, Debussy, Britten, Galina Ustvolskaya and Unsuk Chin.
„…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 / Bachtrack.com
Bihlmaier gained many years of experience through positions in Hanover, Chemnitz and Kassel, also guest conducting at the Vienna Volksoper and across Scandinavia, notably in Malmo (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Trondheim (Faust), Tampere (Fliegender Hollaender) and Oslo (La Traviata). In June 2025 she will conduct at the Berlin State Opera (new production).

After studying at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik with Scott Sandmeier, Bihlmaier was awarded a scholarship at the Salzburg Mozarteum and went on to study with Dennis Russell Davies and Jorge Rotter. She was accepted into the Deutsche Dirigentenforum and received a scholarship from the Brahmsgesellschaft Baden-Baden.

2024 / 2025
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Contacts: Arnold Simmenauer, Juliane Scotney

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Programme

2024 / 2025

You’ll find the current programs in the IMPRESARIUM of the 24/25 season

Schedule

13/06/2024
19:30 h
Anja Bihlmaier, Alexander Melnikov, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
13/06/2024
19:30 h
Anja Bihlmaier, Alexander Melnikov, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
15/06/2024
14:00 h
Anja Bihlmaier, Alexander Melnikov, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
15/06/2024
14:00 h
Anja Bihlmaier, Alexander Melnikov, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
17/06/2024
18:30 h
Anja Bihlmaier, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
23/06/2024
19:00 h
Anja Bihlmaier, Renaud Capuçon, Mahler Chamber Orchestra
21/09/2024
18:00 h
Anja Bihlmaier, Cuarteto Casals, Residentie Orkest
21/09/2024
18:00 h
Cuarteto Casals, Anja Bihlmaier, Residentie Orkest Den Haag
27/09/2024
20:00 h
Kölner Philharmonie
Köln, Germany
Anja Bihlmaier, Alina Ibragimova, WDR Sinfonieorchester
21/02/2025
19:30 h
Musik-und Kongreßhalle
Lübeck, Germany
Anja Bihlmaier, Javier Perianes, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
23/02/2025
18:00 h
Anja Bihlmaier, Javier Perianes, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
21/03/2025
19:30 h
Isarphilharmonie
München, Germany
Anja Bihlmaier, Kian Soltani, Münchner Philharmoniker
22/03/2025
19:00 h
Isarphilharmonie
München, Germany
Anja Bihlmaier, Kian Soltani, Münchner Philharmoniker
03/05/2025
20:00 h
Anja Bihlmaier, Alexander Melnikov, Konzerthausorchester Berlin
04/05/2025
16:00 h
Anja Bihlmaier, Alexander Melnikov, Konzerthausorchester Berlin
20/06/2025
19:30 h
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Berlin, Germany
Anja Bihlmaier, Staatskapelle Berlin
22/06/2025
19:30 h
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Berlin, Germany
Anja Bihlmaier, Staatskapelle Berlin
25/06/2025
19:30 h
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Berlin, Germany
Anja Bihlmaier, Staatskapelle Berlin
03/07/2025
19:30 h
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Berlin, Germany
Anja Bihlmaier, Staatskapelle Berlin
11/07/2025
19:30 h
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Berlin, Germany
Anja Bihlmaier, Staatskapelle Berlin

Videos

Schumann: Symphony No. 4 with the hr-Sinfonieorchester
Bruch: Concerto for Violin No. 1 in g-Minor Op.26 at the BBC-Proms
Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 2 with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Contact

Arnold Simmenauer
Managing Director
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 724
Juliane Scotney
Senior Artist Manager
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 715