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Anja Bihlmaier

Chief Conductor, Residentie Orkest

  • Anja Bihlmaier’s musical intuition, charisma and passion allied with precision make her one of the leading conductors of her generation. She has been Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest since August 2021.

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  • Notable debuts in 23/24 include the London Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Mahler Chamber, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and at the Salzburg Mozartwoche. Following her BBC Proms debut in 2023 she returns in 2024, again with the BBC Philharmonic but also bringing Glyndebourne’s production of Carmen after performances at the main festival throughout August.

    In 24/25 she conducts the Munich Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie, WDR Cologne, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Bergen Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Seattle and Toronto symphonies, Spanish National and Orquesta da Galicia.  She returns to the National Symphony in Dublin for Mahler 9 and takes the Residentie Orkest to Bonn for the start of her three-year residency at the Beethovenfest.        

    Bihlmaier has a wide-ranging repertoire that includes Haydn, Mahler, Strauss, B.A. Zimmermann to Sibelius, Bartók, Dvořák, Shostakovich, Debussy, Britten, Galina Ustvolskaya and Unsuk Chin.   

    Bihlmaier gained many years of experience through positions in Hanover, Chemnitz and Kassel, also guest conducting at the Vienna Volksoper and across Scandinavia, notably in Malmo (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Trondheim (Faust), Tampere (Fliegender Hollaender) and Oslo (La Traviata). In June 2025 she will conduct at the Berlin State Opera (new production).

    After studying at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik with Scott Sandmeier, Bihlmaier was awarded a scholarship at the Salzburg Mozarteum and went on to study with Dennis Russell Davies and Jorge Rotter. She was accepted into the Deutsche Dirigentenforum and received a scholarship from the Brahmsgesellschaft Baden-Baden.

    2023/24 – 295 words. Not to be altered without the permission of Intermusica.


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'Bihlmaier is a conductor who trades flash for focus and puts a premium on clarity... wonderfully evocative with a striking dramatic effect...'

The Washington Post, May 2024

'The orchestra under Bihlmaier's direction was on fire... really fantastic... the whole concert was extremely exciting.'

Der Standard, April 2024

'Optimal euphoria and emotion... Bihlmaier built the symphony fantastically towards those unforgettable final bars. In the sold-out Amare, everything sounded beautifully balanced.'

Trouw, 4*, February 2024

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