Clemens Schuldt
Clemens Schuldt © Sammy HartArtist

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

Hamburger Abendblatt
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In 2016/17 Clemens Schuldt will commence his position as Principal Conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, opening the season with Beethoven’s iconic Eroica Symphony. Winner of the renowned Donatella Flick Conducting Competition London in 2010, Clemens Schuldt is one of the most exciting young conductors emerging from Germany today.

Clemens Schuldt is widely praised for his innovative interpretations of classical and romantic Germanic repertoire, often using his creativity to include lesser known or contemporary repertoire in his programmes. Schuldt has enjoyed considerable success in the UK including recent debuts with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and regular appearances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, most recently on tour to Germany. Other orchestras with whom he appears include Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Yumiuri Nippon Orchestra Tokyo, Orquesta Sinfonica de Radio Television Espanola in Madrid and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona. Soloists he works with include Daniil Trifonov, Kit Armstrong, Sally Matthews, Hakan Hardenberger, Francois Leleux, Xavier de Maistre, Steven Isserlis and Nils Mönkemeyer.


The 2016/17 season sees Schuldt make notable debuts with Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Spanish National Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Den Norske Opera Orchestra. He returns to the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra with two appearances at the Concertgebouw and the Philharmonia Orchestra, following his highly praised tour to Spain with Daniil Trifinov last season. Further afield, he continues his success in Japan with appearances with the New Japan Philharmonic and Hiroshima Symphony, before making debuts with the Tasmanian Symphony and Hong Kong Sinfonietta. 

Opera is becoming a central part of Clemens Schuldt’s music making. In the 2016/17 season he will continue his association with the Staatstheater Mainz conducting Bellini’s Norma and Gluck’s Armide. Last season in Mainz he conducted new productions of Gounod’s Faust and Verdi’s Rigletto. Elsewhere he lead a new production (of Gounod´s Faust) at the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck and performances of Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann at the Theatre Osnabrück and of Dvorak’s Rusalka at the Theater Gelsenkirchen.

Clemens Schuldt 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. Born in Bremen, Clemens Schuldt studied violin at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, performing in the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen before he took up his conducting studies in Düsseldorf, Vienna and Weimar. 

SEASON 2016/2017


“Young German conductor Clemens Schuldt directed the SCO in a truly exceptional Stravinsky Pulcinella – crisp, driven, richly textured, and giving so many of the orchestra’s musicians the chance to shine as soloists”

The Scotsman, David Kettle, 06.05.2017

“But it was the return of young German conductor Clemens Schuldt […] that were the talking points”

Herald Scotland, Keith Bruce, 10.05.2016

“In Sage Gateshead's latest homage to [Mozart], singers and musicians scaled the heights under conductor Clemens Schuldt”, Rob Barnes, 07.02.2016

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

Kymen Sanomat, Reigo Paavola, 03.2015

“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, 02.02.2015

“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, 01.02.2015

“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, 10.07.2014

“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, 5.05.2014

“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, 19.06.2013

“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, 14.03.2013

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