In October 2022, Andreas Spering has been appointed as new Chefdirigent of the Brandenburger Symphoniker and will start his five-year tenure with the season 2023/24. He is one of Germany's leading specialists in historically informed performance practice. In the 2021/22 season, he conducted the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Orchester des Niedersächischen Staatstheaters Hannover, Beethovenorchester Bonn and Lapland Chamber Orchestra, among others. Furthermore, he gave his debut with Brussels Philharmonic conducting Fauré's Requiem.
Highlights of the season 2022/23 include a new production of “Die Zauberflöte” at the Opéra National du Rhin, concerts with the orchestra of the Opéra de Rouen and with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, as well as special concerts with the Brandenburger Symphoniker celebrating the 140th anniversary of the death of female composer Emilie Mayer who was at her time known as the “female Beethoven”.
Opera productions have taken him to Antwerp, Essen, Gothenburg, Hanover, Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Nantes, Nuremberg, Rouen, Seville and Strasbourg, among others, where he has conducted mainly the great Mozart operas, as well as Beethoven's "Fidelio" and Weber's "Freischütz". At the Aix-en-Provence Festival he gave guest performances of "Don Giovanni" and "La finta giardiniera". In Brussels and Amsterdam he conducted Pierre Audi's production of "And you must suffer" and he directed Wagner's "Rheingold" at the Kulturwald Festival.
On the concert platform, Andreas Spering works with orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Staatskapelle Weimar and the radio orchestras in Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig, Saarbrücken and Munich.
Recent highlights include his return to the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, his debut with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a new production of "Le nozze di Figaro" at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy and a new production of "La finta giardiniera" at the Nationaltheater Weimar.
He was influenced by his studies with Gerd Zacher in Essen and by Reinhard Goebel's ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln, of which he was a member as harpsichordist for several years.
His great passion is the Viennese Classical period, especially Joseph Haydn. As artistic director of the Brühler Schlosskonzerte, he established the first and only Haydn Festival in Germany. There, he conducted over 60 symphonies, the great oratorios and eight operas by this composer. The work of Handel has also plays an important role in his career: for many years he was Musical Director of the Händelfestspiele Karlsruhe, where he conducted numerous productions. For the festival's 40th anniversary, he returned with a celebrated production of "Alcina". He is also a welcome guest at the Händelfestspiele Halle.
His discography includes several award winning recordings. His recording of Haydn's early cantatas (harmonia mundi), for example, received an award from "Le Monde de La Musique". His recording of Haydn's "Il ritorno di Tobia" (Naxos) received the "Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik". A Mozart recording with Sabine Meyer and the Basel Chamber Orchestra (Sony) received great critical acclaim.
Andreas Spering lives in Cologne with his family and two dogs.
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„Spering’s interpretation is zesty and rhythmic, with plenty of intelligent detailing.“
„…(Andreas Spering) organised masterfully the dramatic dialogue between all musical elements. From high of his ethereal seat J. S. Bach must have smiled with contentment.“
„It was a telling sign that the following evening’s performance of “La Finta Giardiniera,” an opera Mozart wrote when he was just a teenager and in no way the equal of “Le Nozze di Figaro,” was more interesting and affecting. Here, conducted by Andreas Spering, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie played with both more muscle and more tenderness, and the youthful cast seemed more committed to the alternately riotous and sober story of the love tangles that ensue when a noblewoman disguises herself as a gardener to escape a violent lover.“
„The real highlight is Andreas Spering’s stylish conducting, and the sprightly playing he draws from Le Cercle de l’Harmonie.“