The internationally acclaimed joana mallwitz becomes chief conductor at the konzerthaus berlin.
The 34-year-old, currently general music director at the state theater in nuremberg, will take over as artistic director of the orchestra in the capital for an initial five seasons starting with the 2023/24 season, as the concert house and cultural administration announced on tuesday. Previously, the personnel matter had been discussed in the responsible senate of the capital city.
The first conductor in the post will succeed christoph eschenbach in two years time. The 81-year-old has held the post since 2019.
Mallwitz announced at the end of july that she would not be renewing her contract as general music director in nuremberg and would be leaving the state theater at the end of the 2022/23 season. One reason she gave was her family situation. Mallwitz expects her first child in the fall. In addition, failed plans for the construction of a new concert hall in nuremberg were the decisive factor.
The beauty of the orchestra’s sound
In a statement, mallwitz described herself as very honored, and said she was looking forward immensely to working with the concert house orchestra. She has already met the musicians in two projects "as modern-thinking, music-loving, explorative and extremely approachable personalities". "Paired with the exciting and inspiring history of the place, the beauty of the sound of the orchestra and the wonderful team around intendant sebastian nordmann, these are prerequisites that one could not wish for better as a conductor."
Nordmann sees "an incredible power and dynamism" in mallwitz’s conducting. "Even during concentrated rehearsals she casts a spell over you."Discussions with her "about the future of classical music, her great dedication and her enthusiasm for music education have quickly made her the desired candidate".
Berlin’s culture senator klaus lederer (left) is looking forward to "an inspiring musician as well as an outstanding music mediator". Mallwitz embodies a new generation of orchestra conductors and will contribute with the konzerthausorchester to inspire a broad audience for classical music.
In salzburg, mallwitz has just been celebrated again for her musical interpretation of mozart’s opera "così fan tutte". Last year, she was the first woman to conduct a major premiere cycle at the festival in the 100-year history of the classical music festival.
The career of the conductor, who was born in hildesheim, began at the age of 19 as a solo repetiteur at the heidelberg theater, where she rose to the position of kapellmeister after her very first season. As europe’s youngest general music director at the time, she moved to the erfurt theater in 2014. Four years later, it was off to nuremberg. In 2019, experts from the magazine "opernwelt" named her conductor of the year.
As portrait artist of the vienna music society, mallwitz will be conducting the vienna symphony orchestra and the vienna rso in the 2021/22 season. Debuts have been arranged with the symphony orchestra of the bavarian radio, the orchestre national de france and the semperoper in dresden. She has already appeared with orchestras in berlin, london, munich, birmingham or gothenburg.
Mallwitz conducted "eugen onegin" and "L’elisir d’amore" (bayerische staatsoper), "salome" and "the merry widow" (opera frankfurt), "the flying dutchman" and "madama butterfly" (royal danish opera), "der rosenkavalier" (norwegian national opera oslo) or "macbeth" (opera zurich). In nuremberg she was celebrated for "war and peace" and "lohengrin.