Michael Wendeberg


Classical repertoire – from Bach to Schönberg – comes just as naturally to Michael Wendeberg as his passion for new music. He is especially eager to change the way contemporary repertoire and music is seen and heard through comparing and correlating different music traditions. He is pursuing this approach in particular in his current position as musical director of the Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva, which he has held since 2011. Michael Wendeberg has also conducted renowned orchestras and ensembles that include the Staatskapelle Berlin, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra Ljubljana, Klangforum Wien, Remix Ensemble Porto, Musikfabrik Cologne, Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart and the Basel Sinfonietta. He has made guest appearances at the Lucerne Festival, Munich Biennale, Bregenz Festival, Venice Biennale, Eclat Festival Stuttgart and Klangspuren Schwaz, as well as at Wien Modern and Musica de

hoy Madrid with a variety of programmes. Michael Wendeberg studied conducting in Toshiyuki Kamioka’s masterclass in Saarbrücken, and piano with Markus Stange, Bernd Glemser and Benedetto Lupo. During this time he worked as Toshiyuki Kamioka’s assistant at the Wuppertaler Bühnen. After graduating Michael Wendeberg held positions at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and Staatsoper Berlin, where he assisted Daniel Barenboim and guest conductors such as Pierre Boulez and Sir Simon Rattle, and was principal conductor at the Lucerne Theater. His opera repertoire from this time comprises, among others, Bizet’s Carmen, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Handel’s Orlando, Mozart’s Zaide, Clemenza di Tito and The Magic Flute, Verdi’s La Traviata and Il Trovatore, Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Pasquale, Rossini’s La Scala di Seta and La Cenerentola, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda and Bernstein’s West Side Story.