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Hermann Bäumer



Conductor Hermann Bäumer will make his debut at the Prague State Opera with a production of Dmitri Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk in November 2023.
Since the 2011/12 season, he has been Chief Conductor of the Mainz State Philharmonic Orchestra and General Music Director of the State Theatre there. As a former member of the Berlin Philharmonic he understands the subtleties of working successfully with an orchestra and is valued by orchestras the world over for his modest manner and commitment to the music. He has conducted the orchestras of the Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Sächsische Staatskapelle, Bamberg Symphony, Bavarian State Orchestra, hr-Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz and Ensemble Modern, Norwegian State Opera, New Japan Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Since the 2016/17 season, he has also been the resident conductor of the Hof Symphony Orchestra.
He is highly regarded in Germany for his work with young people, which is reflected in his regular collaboration with many youth orchestras such as the Bundesjugendorchester and LandesJugendOrchester Rheinland-Pfalz. From 2004-2011 he was General Music Director of the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra and received the ECHO Klassik Award for his recording of Josef Bohuslav Foerster's Symphonies No. 1 and No. 2. With the Iceland Symphony Orchestra he premiered two oratorios by Jon Leifs Edda I and II and recorded them on CD. For the cpo label he has recorded works by Bruch, R. Strauss, Gernsheim, Gounod, Rontgen and others with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken/Kaiserslautern, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.
In Mainz, he not only conducts impressive symphony concerts, and in the 2018/19 season he received the German Music Publishers Association's award for the best concert programme of the season, but also shows himself to be a skilled opera conductor. Highlights of the past seasons include Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Mathis der Maler, Antikrist, Al gran sole carico d'amore, Die Eroberung von Mexico and the film Beethoven - Ein Geisterspiel (2020), made in collaboration with director Jan-Christoph Gockel and in cooperation with ZDF/3sat.