Thomas Hengelbrock Conductor


Born in Germany, Thomas Hengelbrock is a violinist, conductor, researcher and musical mediator. At the heart of his work is a thorough study of the musical text, the meaning and the content of musical works. He regularly brings to light works that were forgotten or thought lost. As well as performing works such as Mendelssohn's Elias, Haydn's Creation, Beethoven's Missa solemnis, Parsifal on period instruments and Cavalleria rusticana in its original version, he is particularly devoted to contemporary music.

Thomas Hengelbrock is the founder and director of the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Orchestra, with whom he has been performing for twenty-five years. In 2017, he conducted the opening concert of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Thomas Hengelbrock has conducted the Vienna and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre national de France and the Tonhalle-Orchester in Zurich.

Alongside his work as a conductor, he has directed several productions such as Dido and Aeneas or Don Giovanni and has collaborated on interdisciplinary projects with actors such as Klaus Maria Brandauer, Johanna Wokalek and Graham Valentine.

For many years, he has been committed to giving young people access to art and culture and passing on his enthusiasm for music. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, he has been particularly committed to the survival of culture and independent musicians in Europe.

In 2016, Thomas Hengelbrock was awarded the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize. In January 2024, he was appointed music director of the Paris Chamber Orchestra, effective in September 2024.

At the Paris Opera: Orphée et Eurydice, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2018; Idomeneo, 2006, 2009; The Magic Flute, 2008; Iphigénie en Tauride, 2021; Alcina, 2021; Faust, 2022

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