Anja Bihlmaier

Conductor

Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest Den Haag
Principal Guest Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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Biography

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. She assumed the role of Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague in August 2021 alongside her position as Principal Guest Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
Bihlmaier begins the 22/23 season with the first of several appearances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Residentie Orkest. In addition to regular concerts in Amsterdam and The Hague, she brings the orchestra to the Kölner Philharmonie ahead of their German tour next season. As a guest she returns to conduct the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig in Beethoven Symphony No 9, the BBC Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Barcelona Symphony and Orquestra y Coro Nacional de España and makes first appearances with the Oslo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Belgian National Orchestra, Nationaltheater-Orchesters Mannheim and Salzburg Camerata.

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 / Bachtrack.com
With diverse repertoire ranging from Haydn through to Mahler, Strauss and B.A. Zimmermann alongside Sibelius, Bartók, Dvořák, Shostakovich, Debussy, Britten, Galina Ustwolskaja and Wim Henderickx, Anja Bihlmaier has recently conducted the SWR Symphonieorchester, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestras.

A passionate advocate of 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. In February 2023 she conducts Wagner Der Fliegende Holländer in Tampere and future productions are scheduled with Norwegian National Opera and Glyndebourne. More recently she has conducted Gounod Faust with Trondheim Opera, Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Malmö Opera and several productions at Volksoper Wien including Henry Mason’s highly acclaimed new production of Die Zauberflöte (2020-21).

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.

2022/23
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Contacts: Katja Hippler, Arnold Simmenauer (Director)

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Schedule

16.12.2022
20:00 Uhr
NL / Den Haag - Amare
Anja Bihlmaier, Stefan Jackiw, Residentie Orkest Den Haag
18.12.2022
15:00 Uhr
NL / Utrecht - Tivoli Vredenburg
Anja Bihlmaier, Stefan Jackiw, Residentie Orkest Den Haag
27.12.2022
14:15 Uhr
NL / Amsterdam - Concertgebouw Grote Zaal
Anja Bihlmaier, Stefan Jackiw, Residentie Orkest Den Haag
12.01.2023
20:30 Uhr
ES / A Coruña - Auditorio del Ferrol
Anja Bihlmaier, Stefan Jackiw, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
13.01.2023
20:00 Uhr
ES / A Coruña - Palacio de la Opera
Anja Bihlmaier, Stefan Jackiw, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
20.01.2023
20:00 Uhr
NL / Den Haag - Amare
Anja Bihlmaier, Annelien van Wauwe, Residentie Orkest Den Haag
22.01.2023
14:15 Uhr
NL / Den Haag - Amare
Anja Bihlmaier, Annelien van Wauwe, Residentie Orkest Den Haag
10.02.2023
18:30 Uhr
FI / Tampere - Tampere Hall
Anja Bihlmaier, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Opera Choir
12.02.2023
15:00 Uhr
FI / Tampere - Tampere Hall
Anja Bihlmaier, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Opera Choir
15.02.2023
18:30 Uhr
FI / Tampere - Tampere Hall
Anja Bihlmaier, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Opera Choir
16.02.2023
19:00 Uhr
FI / Lahti - Sibelius Hall
Anja Bihlmaier, Juliana Koch, Magdalena Hoffmann, Lahti Symphony Orchestra
18.02.2023
15:00 Uhr
FI / Tampere - Tampere Hall
Anja Bihlmaier, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Opera Choir
22.02.2023
18:30 Uhr
FI / Tampere - Tampere Hall
Anja Bihlmaier, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Opera Choir
23.02.2023
19:00 Uhr
FI / Lahti - Sibelius Hall
Anja Bihlmaier, Vadym Kholodenko, Lahti Symphony Orchestra
25.02.2023
15:00 Uhr
FI / Tampere - Tampere Hall
Anja Bihlmaier, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Opera Choir
24.03.2023
19:00 Uhr
ES / Barcelona - L'Auditori Sala 1 Pau Casals
Anja Bihlmaier, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Orquesta Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya
25.03.2023
19:00 Uhr
ES / Barcelona - L'Auditori Sala 1 Pau Casals
Anja Bihlmaier, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Orquesta Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya
31.03.2023
20:00 Uhr
NL / Den Haag - Amare
Anja Bihlmaier, Vivi Vassileva, Residentie Orkest Den Haag

Videos

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)

Contact

Katja Hippler
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 730
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713
Arnold Simmenauer (Director)
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 724
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713