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

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Biography

Clemens Schuldt is the Principal Conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Clemens Schuldt is widely praised for his innovative interpretations of classical and romantic Germanic repertoire, often using his creativity to include lesser known and contemporary repertoire in his programmes.  With the MKO he is anticipating highlights such as a focus concert on Per Norgård, Harrison Birtwistle, tour concerts to German summer festivals such as Rheingau Music Festival, concerts in Salzburg, Genf and also in Russia and Columbia. Soloists he works with include Lisa Batiashvili, Augustin Hadelich, Renaud Capucon and Mahan Esfahani.


Schuldt has enjoyed considerable success in the UK including regular appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Other orchestras he appears with include WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Bamberger Symphoniker, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, National Polish Radio Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orquesta Sinfonica de Radio Television Espanola Madrid and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona. Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra Tokyo, New Japan Philharmonic. He gives debuts with Tasmanian Symphony and Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Soloists include Daniil Trifonov, Ingrid Flitter, Kit Armstrong, Augustin Hadelich, Baiba Skride, Alina Ibragimova, Håkan Hardenberger, Francois Leleux, Xavier de Maistre, Steven Isserlis, Sally Matthews and Elin Rombo.

The 2017/18 season sees Schuldt return to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra twice, including the world premiere of Mark Simpson’s cello concerto as well as a regional tour. He returns to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Kari Kriikku, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Elisabeth Leonskaja, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Musikkollegium Winterthur. He conducts his first Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Opera Orchestra in Chemnitz. Schuldt makes notable debuts with Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, RTE National Symphony Dublin, Ulster Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi.

Opera is a central part of Clemens Schuldt’s music making. In his two seasons as Conductor in Residence with the Staatstheater Mainz he conducted new productions of Bellini’s Norma,  Gluck’s Armide, Gounod’s Faust andVerdi’s Rigletto. Elsewhere he led 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.

Winner of the renowned Donatella Flick Conducting Competition London in 2010, 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 2017/2018

Quotes

“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”

chroniclelive.co.uk, 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

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Discography

Nordic SoundTribute to Axel Borup-JørgensenJul. 2015, OUR Recordings, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon

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