German conductor David Niemann is rapidly emerging as one of the most promising conductors of his young generation.
Second prize winner of the 2015 Malko Conducting Competition, he was appointed Assistant Conductor at the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier in February 2015, working alongside chief conductor Michael Schønwandt from the start of the 2015/16 season.
Plans for 2016/17 with Orchestre National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon include a double bill of Ravel's L’Enfant et les sortilèges and Szymon Laks' L'Hirondelle inattendue, Duruflé’s Requiem, Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, and La Boîte à joujoux - Debussy’s ballet for children.
Symphonic work for this season and beyond includes invitations to Residentie Orkest, Vienna State Opera, Turku Philharmonic, Qatar Philharmonic, Malmö and Aalborg Symphony Orchestras.
Recent symphonic highlights include performances with Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
In 2013 he assisted Emmanuel Krivine in a production of Schumann’s Manfred at the Opera Comique (Paris). Operatic highlights also include Così fan tutte and Die Fledermaus at the Academy of Music, Leipzig, as well as a production of Christian Jost’s opera The Arabian Night at the Academy of Music, Hamburg.
Initially a passionate violinist, David commenced his conducting studies in 2007 as a pre-student at the Folkwang University of his hometown of Essen with David de Villiers and continued his studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Leif Segerstam, at the Dutch National Masters of conducting programme with Ed Spanjaard and Jac van Steen, in addition to the Academy of Music Hamburg with Ulrich Windfuhr, from which he holds a Master’s degree. David is supported by the prestigious German conductors’ programme ‘Dirigentenforum’.
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