Stefan Blunier

Dirigent

General Music Director of the City of Bonn from 2008-2016, Stefan Blunier served as Chief Conductor of both the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and Bonn Opera. Under his charismatic direction a new musical awareness has infused the orchestra and audience and the orchestra has been increasingly in demand abroad with notable recent tours including a highly successful visit to China in 2011 and an 11-concert tour of the USA. The orchestra’s recordings under his direction have been recognized with two ECHO Klassik “Opera Recording of the Year” awards for Eugen d’Albert’s Der Golem (2011) and Schreker’s Irrelohe (2012) which also received a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Symphonic recordings including works by Respighi, Schoenberg, Franz Schmidt Symphony No 4, Bruckner Symphony No 8 and a Beethoven cycle have similarly received a host of awards and nominations.

Blunier’s guest-conducting engagements have taken him to nearly all the German radio symphony orchestras as well as the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Staatsphilharmonie Ludwigshafen, Duisburg Symphony Orchestra and many orchestras in Denmark, Belgium, the Far East, Switzerland and France. Recent highlights include the NHK Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, South Netherlands Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio and the Century Symphony Orchestra of Osaka. Alongside his appointment in Bonn, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra (2010-2013) which involved several recordings and tours including invitations to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw as well as Germany, Austria and Slovenia.

In the field of opera, he has conducted productions in Munich, Hamburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart and Berlin (Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper), Montpellier, Oslo, Bern and London. His interpretation of Massenet’s Thais at Opera Bonn was acclaimed as one of Germany’s “best opera productions of 2014” (Opernglass), and a highly successful production of Daphne at Frankfurt Opera resulted in an immediate re-invitation to conduct Tristan und Isolde. Other recent performances include Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers at English National Opera, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites and The Love for three Oranges at Komische Oper Berlin, Elektra and Tannhäuser in Bonn, Rigoletto at Zurich Opera and Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Norwegian Opera. A special interest in late 19th century and early 20th century repertoire as well as contemporary music has brought about productions such as Irrelohe and Das Spielwerk by Schreker, Szymanowski’s Krol Roger, Cerha’s Der Rattenfänger and the German premiere of Saariaho’s L’amour de loin.

Stefan Blunier was born in Bern, Switzerland and studied piano, horn, composition and conducting in Bern and at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and he is a founder of the Ensemble für Neue Musik Essen. Early success in the Besancon and Malko Competitions were followed by appointments in Mannheim (Associate Chief Conductor) and Darmstadt (Music Director and Chief Conductor 2001-2008) prior to his tenure in Bonn.

Upcoming concerts

Concertmomenten
za 16.06.18 20:00

Concert met de laureaten van de Koningin Elisabeth wedstrijd zang

Al meer dan 75 jaar ervaren we tijdens de Koningin Elisabeth Wedstrijd een gans palet aan emoties: passie, vreugde, droefheid, nostalgie en sympathie… het moment waarop het grote repertoire in fase gebracht wordt met de hedendaagse maatschappij.

Concertmomenten
do 14.06.18 20:00
vr 15.06.18 20:00

Concert met de laureaten van de Koningin Elisabeth wedstrijd zang

Al meer dan 75 jaar ervaren we tijdens de Koningin Elisabeth Wedstrijd een gans palet aan emoties: passie, vreugde, droefheid, nostalgie en sympathie… het moment waarop het grote repertoire in fase gebracht wordt met de hedendaagse maatschappij.

Concertmomenten
vr 01.06.18 20:00
za 02.06.18 20:00

Concert met de laureaten van de Koningin Elisabeth wedstrijd zang

Al meer dan 75 jaar ervaren we tijdens de Koningin Elisabeth Wedstrijd een gans palet aan emoties: passie, vreugde, droefheid, nostalgie en sympathie… het moment waarop het grote repertoire in fase gebracht wordt met de hedend

Concertmomenten
do 31.05.18 20:00
ma 04.06.18 20:00

Concert met de laureaten van de Koningin Elisabeth wedstrijd zang

Al meer dan 75 jaar beroert de Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd met een veelkleurig palet aan emoties: passie, vreugde, verdriet, weerstand, sympathie … een eenwording met de ‘grote’ muziek in een wereld die veel veranderd is.