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 the season 2017/18 with the Orchestre National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon include a scenic production of Schumann's "Manfred" (mise en scène: Sandra Pocceschi), as well as symphonic concerts featuring works like Brahms' "Ein deutsches Requiem", Beethoven's Symphonies No. 4 and 7 and Lutoslawski's "Concerto for orchestra". 


Symphonic work for this season and beyond includes invitations to Orchestre National Capitole Toulouse, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and Junge Deutsche Philharmonie.

Recent symphonic highlights include performances with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Turku Philharmonic, Orchestra National de Lille and Folkwang Kammerorchester.


Recent operatic highlights include a revival of Ivan Eröd's "Pünktchen und Anton" at Wiener Staatsoper and a new production of Purcell's "Fairy Queen" for children at the Salzburg Festival.


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.


In 2013 David 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.

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