Christian Thielemann joins Academy staff

-Posted on 07.12.2016

As of January 2017, Christian Thielemann will become Carl Maria von Weber Visiting Professor of Conducting at the Academy.  

Christian Thielemann was appointed Honorary Member of the Academy in 2011, and has since visited the Academy on two memorable occasions, including a workshop and discussion earlier this year on Death and Transfiguration, to mark the 80th Anniversary of the visit of Richard Strauss to the Academy in January 1936, when the same work was conducted by the composer. 

Since being assistant to Herbert von Karajan, Christian Thielemann has become one of the world’s most eminent conductors. He is currently Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, Music Director of the Bayreuth Festival and Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival. He is a regular visitor to the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras.

The Principal, Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, said:

‘Christian Thielemann has become a great friend of the Academy, where students and staff regularly speak of his remarkable artistry and the values underpinning it. Thielemann believes fervently in the critical role of great music in our lives; for it to be understood on its own terms, he seeks to transform our experience through his extraordinary grasp of tradition and the way he transforms it for our own times. 

‘As the oldest established conservatoire in Britain, it’s fortunate that his Visiting Professorship carries the name of Weber, the first conductor of an Academy orchestra in 1826. This seems especially appropriate given Weber’s importance to both Dresden and Richard Wagner: two of Christian Thielemann’s most celebrated territories. We will always enjoy welcoming him to the Academy.’

Christian Thielemann said: ‘I am truly delighted to be attached to the Academy as a place where I feel very much at home. In my visits, I have always been hugely impressed by the quality of the playing and the seriousness of approach, as well as the unique culture and warmth of the place. I look forward to rekindling these experiences in the future.’

Search news articles

Please use the selection menu below or the text field to filter your results: