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Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau

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Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau

The Dessau Orchestra counts as one of the oldest and most tradition-steeped orchestras in Saxony-Anhalt. The orchestra stems from 1766, when Friedrich Wilheim Rust took over the court orchestra. Since 1794, when a theatre company was permanently engaged in Dessau, the orchestra has played an important part in musical productions of all genres, and since 1798 in the court theatre built by Erdmannsdorff.

Meritorious musical directors in the 19th century included Friedrich Schneider, Eduard Thiele and Augustus Klughardt. The latter two laid the foundation of the Wagner tradition in Dessau. 12 musicians from Dessau played in the first Bayreuth Festival orchestra in 1876. In the first half of the 20th century personalities such as Franz Mikorey, Hans Knappertsbusch, Franz von Hoesslin, Athur Rother and Helmut Seidelmann shaped, as principal conductors, the Dessau orchestra. Seidelmann was on the podium when the new theatre was opened in 1938 with a production of Freischütz. He also conducted a production of The Magic Flute in 1949 when the theatre re-opened after war-time destruction and subsequent reconstruction. Under the directorship of Dr. Heinz Röttger (musical director from 1954 to 1977), outstanding artistic experiences such as the Wagner Festival were created. His successors put their own mark on the traditional repertoire of Wagner-Verdi-Strauss-Slavic composers. Since 1992, under the name of the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, the orchestra has undertaken external engagements (for example repeat performances at the “Classic Open Air” on Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt, concerts in the Konzerthaus Berlin, a tour with tenor Jose Cura and a tour of Japan with operas Salome and The Flying Dutchman) and radio broadcasts and CD recordings attest to the orchestra’s nationwide reputation. In August 2009, Dutchman Antony Hermus succeeded Golo Berg to the position of Principal Conductor and Music Director.

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Antony Hermus

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Dutch conductor Antony Hermus was appointed musical director of the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau and principal conductor of the Anhaltische Philharmonie in August 2009. From 2003 to 2008 he held the position of musical director at the theatre in Hagen. He began his employment in Hagen in 1998 as an intern, working his way up to repetiteur (1999- 2001), and to Kapellmeister (2001 – 2003). His repertoire spans about 200 symphonic works and 50 operas, from which he has premiered many new productions. At Hagen, in addition to conducting standard repertoire, Hermus was also responsible for the rediscovery of a number of forgotten works including The King’s Children (Humperdinck) and Kleider machen Leute (Zemlinsky). He also conducted many contemporary works;  Knussen’s opera Where the Wild Things Are, the world premiere of the revised version of Eggert’s Helle Naechte and the West German premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.

In recent years he has conducted orchestras including the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Bochum Symphoniker, the WDR Rundfunkorchester, the Philharmonic  Orchestras of Duisburg, Magdeburg, Freiburg, Kiel, Oldenburg, Mönchengladbach, Osnabrück, Bremenhaven, Jena, Herford, Ludwigshaven and Rostock, as well as the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Orchestre de Bretagne, Orchestre de Haute-Normandie and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. In his home country he has conducted orchestras including the Het Gelders Orkest, Het Brabants Orkest, Holland Symfonia, Limburg’s Symfonie Orkest and the Noord Nederlands Orkest. He has conducted at Opera houses including Opera Zuid and the Nationale Reisopera (Netherlands), Opera Rennes and the Opéra National de Paris (France). In February 2010 he made a successful concert debut at the Palais Garnier with the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris.

In August 2008 Antony made a successful debut in Asia, where he conducted the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and the Chimei Philharmonic Orchestra in performances with the Taiwan National Ballet. He has worked with many renowned soloists including Enrico Pace, Francisco Araiza, Johan Botha, Martin Fröst, Tanja Becker-Bender, Julie Kaufamnn, David Geringas, Severin von Eckardstein, Gavriel Lipkind, Mils Mönkmeyer, Homero Francesch and the piano duo Paratore.

In September 2005 the Philharmonic Orchestra Hagen, under the baton of Hermus, produced a CD of works by Hans Rott and Gustav Mahler (Symphony No. 1). The CD was highly praised by the press. Furthermore, in October 2007 a similarly highly praised CD was produced of a symphonic version of Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. (ACOUSENCE ACO-CD 20707).

As early as 2002, Hermus was awarded a scholarship by the Richard-Wagner-Verband. He was also awarded a sponsorship by the promotional society for theatre, orchestra, children and youth in Hagen. In April 2006 he received a cultural sponsorship from the Hagen Wirtschaftsjunioren (Junior Business Association).

Besides his extensive work in Dessau, where in the 2010-2011 season he will be responsible for new productions of Turandot, The Protagonist / Pagliacci and Khovanshchina, he will also be making return visits to many of the orchestras listed above. Furthermore, he will be making his debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orkest, the Radio Philharmonish Orkest Holland and the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen as well as at the Opera in Toulon where he will conduct a new production of Faustus.

Hermus was born in 1973 in the Netherlands. He studied piano with Jaques de Tiege and conducting with Jac. Van Steen and Georg Fritzsch at the University of Music in Tilburg.

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Marlon Titre - guitar

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Marlon Titre, Guitar
At the young age of 18, Marlon Titre was appointed as “junior composer in residence” to the Residentie Orkest Den Haag. A few years later he won the first place at the renowned Michele-Pittaluga Guitar competition in Italy. Since then he has performed all over the world as solo guitarist and in ensembles in festivals, concert halls and theatres, including performances for special occasions (for example in 2005 at the silver jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.) He has won awards at over 20 competitions in 6 countries.

Marlon Titre was born in 1982 in Aruba on the Netherlands Antilles. He graduated with the highest honours from the Robert Schumann music college in Düsseldorf, Germany (graduate recital with distinction) and from the Royal Conservatoire Den Haag (Master of Music 1.0 with distinction). He attended classes in composition from Steve Mackey, Steve Reich and Louis Andriessen. In 2007 he wrote compositions for the “Classic Express”, the mobile concert hall of the Princess Christina Foundation. An important part of his work as a composer is the participation of primary school children, more than 10,000 of whom have already performed his works. Marlon Titre has written two concertos for guitar, both of which he premiered himself: A Titre Personnel for classical guitar and ensemble and Ficciones for electric guitar and ensemble.

In 2006 Marlon Titre recorded his debut album in Milan with music by, among others, Nuccio D’Angelo, Athur Kampela and Antonio Lauro. For this recording he played a guitar made by Yuichi Imai. In 2009 he received the “Juventus Award” in France for an outstanding young musician. Since 2008 he has regularly published a digital E-Zine, Marlon Talks, which features interviews with musicians and tips for guitarists.

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