Clemens Heil

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Clemens Heil has worked as the 1st Kapellmeister at the Bremen Theatre since 2002. In the current repertory season he conducts among other things the new productions of The Makropulos Case by Janacek as well as Cosi fan tutte by W. A. Mozart.

He received training as a pianist and conductor at the music academies in Stuttgart and Freiburg. The first engagements of Clemens Heil led him as a choir director first to the state operas in Stuttgart and Hanover. His choir production of Luigi Nono´s opera Al gran sole 2004 in Hanover received the award “Choir of the Year” in the Opernwelt magazine. As a solo répétiteur and musical director at the state theatre in Mainz, Clemens Heil eventually succeeded in developing a large and wide-ranging repertoire reaching from baroque to contemporary music, mainly in music theatre. He conducted numerous own productions, such as lately Macbeth by Salvatore Sciarrino or Benjamin Britten´s The rape of Lucretia.

In 2007/08, Clemens Heil was the conductor of the International Ensemble Modern Academy Frankfurt (IEMA). In this position he conducted various projects of the academy (among others Donaueschinger Musiktage, Klangwerktage Hamburg, Quantensprünge in ZKM Karlsruhe). Soon his cooperation with the Ensemble Modern began – among other things he took over the conductorship of the Dreigroschenoper at the Frankfurt Theatre.

Clemens Heil received ongoing stimuli from the work as the assistant to Peter Eötvös and Franck Ollu. In 2008 he was the assistant of Mauricio Kagel and after his death he conducted the concerts of the Ensemble Modern at the in Brixen, as well as in the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. He was a guest at the Hamburg State Opera several times, most recently as the musical assistant of Simone Young at the German premiere of the opera König l’Upupa by Henze.

Clemens Heil made an appearance as a concert conductor as well, such as with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie at the Festival Freispiel in Frankfurt (2010) or as a guest of the Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra (2012). Among others, Clemens Heil also conducted the State Orchestra in Hanover, the Aachen Symphony Orchestra, the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Symphony Orchestra in St.Gallen. In addition, Clemens Heil appears as a chamber musician and accompanist.

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