Clemens Schuldt
Clemens Schuldt © Sammy HartArtist

"... a gripping, almost breathtaking interpretation of Beethoven’s fifth symphony."

Hamburger Abendblatt
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Biography

From the 2016/17 season onwards, Clemens Schuldt will become principal conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra. The winner of the renowned Donatella Flick Conducting Competition London in 2010 is one of the most exciting young conductors emerging from Germany. He was the Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for one year, working with distinguished conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev and Sir Simon Rattle.

He is conducting orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Netherlands Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Münchener Kammerorchester, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Orquesta Sinfonica de Radio Television Espanola in Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León Valladolid and further abroad with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. Soloists he works with include Kit Armstrong, Ingrid Fliter, Daniil Trifonov, Francois Leleux, Xavier de Maistre, Steven Isserlis and Nils Mönkemeyer.

In 2015/16 Schuldt makes his debuts with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona with Viviane Hagner, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi Milano with Chloë Hanslip, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Musikkollegium Winterthur with Bruckner Mass No3, Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel, Kammerakademie Potsdam and Västerås Sinfonietta. He is returning to Royal Northern Sinfonia with Mozart mass in c-minor with Sally Matthews, Scottish Chamber Orchestra including a tour to Germany with Kit Armstrong, Netherlands Philharmonic, Real Filharmonia Galicia and Hiroshima Symphony.


 

Opera is becoming a more central part of Clemens Schuldt’s music making. In the 2015/16 season he is Conductor in Residence at Staatstheater Mainz. This position includes a new production of Gounod’s Faust, Verdi’s Rigoletto as well as performances of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. Last season he has conducted Verdi’s La Traviata at Staatstheater Mainz and a new production of Gounod’s Faust at the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck. He has conducted performances of Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann at the Theatre Osnabrück and of Dvorak’s Rusalka at the Theater Gelsenkirchen.

In 2010 he became a scholarship holder of the Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrats. Born in Bremen, Clemens Schuldt studied violin at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, performing in the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne under Markus Stenz and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi. Subsequently he took up his conducting studies with Rüdiger Bohn in Düsseldorf, Mark Stringer in Vienna and Nicolás Pasquet in Weimar.

SEASON 2015/2016

 

Quotes

“Conductor Clemens Schuldt has a knack of getting an orchestra to give its best”

Kymen Sanomat, Reigo Paavola, 03.15

“Conductor Clemens Schuldt, and pianist Daniil Trifonov join the Philharmonia Orchestra in an exceptional concert. With a full house , the musical results achieved far exceeded all expectations.”

Revista Musical Catalana, Lluís Trullén, 2.02.15

“As an encore, the Philharmonia Orchestra performed Sibelius‘ Valse triste, a delicate piece that Schuldt conducted masterfully and played with intense sound, and at the same time steeped in nostalgia that transported the audience to Scandinavian latitudes. A concert that will leave a lasting memory”

Núvol, Elsa Forges, 1.02.15

“The Scottish Chamber Orchestra gave an astonishing concert the previous evening, [...] contrasting the rugged evocations of James MacMillan’s tempestuous Í (A Meditation on Iona) with the broad sweep of Sibelius’s Seventh Symphony, with young conductor Clemens Schuldt providing big sounds and grandiose visions.”

The List, David Kettle, 10.07.14

“Throughout, animated young German conductor Clemens Schuldt did his fellow country-man proud – as with the spirited Mozart symphonies that completed the bill.”

The Scotsman, Kelly Apter, 5.05.14

“The 1982 born Clemens Schuldt conducted the orchestra masterfully and with great precision. […] At the end Clemens comes back into the focus with the full power of the symphonic poem “Illusion and Death” by Maki Ishii (1936-2003) that he conducts phenomenally firm and decisive.”

Der Tagesspiegel, Christiane Tewinkel, 19.06.13

“Clemens Schuldt kept it all together carving dynamics and rhythmical elements with musical wit. His sound interpretation of Dvorak’s eighth symphony explains why this seemingly humble young man is a sly old dog, celebrated among experts. Free of airs and graces he lets the music flow, directs the orchestra with great concentration bringing out every little detail. All in all this audible delight made one want to listen (to him) again.”

Tageszeitung Hameln, Karla Langehein, 14.03.13

“In the second half Clemens Schuldt almost got ahead of himself and drove the orchestra to a gripping, almost breathtaking interpretation of Beethoven’s fifth symphony”

Hamburger Abendblatt, Marcus Stäbler, 5.11.11

“Finally came Clemens Schuldt […] who found the ideal mix of tempi to let the Strauss tease and titillate, with its little accelerando seeming utterly organic. He then delivered Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod with such delicately layered textures, such perfectly judged suspensions, and such nobility of expression that his win seemed a forgone conclusion.”

The Independent, Michael Church, 9.11.10

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