I am very happy and proud to conduct four opera world premieres this season. The chamber opera Lachesis (music: Marijn Simons / text: Hermann Schneider) as well as the opera Unter dem Gletscher (music: Prof. Michael Obst / text: Hermann Schneider) based on a text by Icelandic Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness will be premiered at Landestheater Linz in September 2021 and in May 2022.
Samuel Penderbayne's opera Fucking Åmål was inspired by the award-winning Swedish film Fucking Åmål; I will conduct its world premiere at the Hamburg State Opera in January 2022. At the Stadttheater Fürth we are working with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and the Middle-Franconian cabaret artist Bernd Regenauer on the new genre of a cabaret opera: The Franconian opera Der goldene Giger (music: Uwe Strübing) will be staged for the first time in May 2022.
I'm also looking forward to performances at the Landestheater Linz of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Wagner's Parsifal, as well as several concerts with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz.
On Sunday, September 20, the International Albrechtsberger Society will hold a Festive Concert honoring the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. Albrechtsberger strongly influenced Beethoven and his development as a teacher and mentor in Vienna for several years.
The concert program includes Beethoven's 2nd Symphony, the World Premiere of the Te Deum No. 2 in D major by Albrechtsberger since around 200 years and his Hungarian Coronation Mass. The Chamber Orchestra Concerto Sacro and the soloist ensemble Canto Arrianis will perform under the baton of Ingmar Beck.
The concert will take place at 3 pm in the Leopoldihof of Stift Klosterneuburg, in case of unfavourable weather conditions in the Stiftskirche Klosterneuburg with a limited number of listeners and seat spacing (120 seats available).
In his first season as Kapellmeister at Landestheater Linz, Ingmar Beck will conduct two premieres. On October 4th, the renewed version of the famous operetta "Dreimäderlhaus" by Franz Schubert / Heinrich Berté edited by Ola Rudner will be premiered in the BlackBox. Gregor Horres is directing this Singspiel, which will be played 19 times at Landestheater Linz until December 31, 2020.
The premiere of Händel's opera "Rinaldo" will take place on May 7th at Landestheater Linz (Großes Haus). Jens-Daniel Herzog is directing the co-production with the Zürich Opera House and the Nuremberg State Opera.
Ingmar Beck will conduct as Kapellmeister at the Landestheater Linz from September 2020 and has signed a two-year contract. After a selection process in several rounds, the orchestra and the management of the second largest Austrian opera house selected the Augsburg conductor with a majority of votes. In the 2020/21 season, he will conduct, among others, Händel's Rinaldo.
In November 2020, Beck will conduct another world premiere at the Hamburg State Opera. The composer Samuel Penderbayne is currently working on an opera version of the Swedish film „Fucking Amal“. The plot is a plea for social openness.
On November 22, Ingmar Beck conducted his Chamber Orchestra Concerto Sacro in the traditional Ehrbar-Saal in Vienna. In addition to the overture to Mozart's Don Giovanni and the concert aria “Ah, perfido” as a start of the festivities to Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Concerto Sacro played Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 101 “The Clock.
The chamber orchestra, which has so far mainly performed as an accompanying orchestra, has a couple of concert and CD recording engagements in Austria in 2020.
In December 2019, Ingmar Beck will perform a climate operetta together with the Hamburg director Maike Schuster. Both artists want to engage with both the climate debate and the revival of current themes in opera.
In this context, Ingmar Beck wrote an article titled "BACK TO THE PRESENT" about the future of our opera houses, in which he announces the goal of "bringing the opera back into the midst of society" and „adressing current events in our musical and theatrical language".
"[I want] an opera, which does not forget the young generation, which puts the questions of their time in the center, an opera that is there for them, and therefore also for all others. With the programming of current topics I would like to appeal in addition to the existing classical audience in particular the young people of a city, inspire them for the art form of opera and thus also open their understanding of older repertoire."
In the summer of 2019 Ingmar returned to the Symphoniker Hamburg and to the ISEJO Youth Symphony Orchestra. In Hamburg, he conducted a Viennese Classic program at the end of the season in the courtyard of the town hall with Beethoven's Leonore Overture, the 7th Symphony and Mozart's Oboe Concerto (oboe: Mariano Esteban Barco).
The WELT titled her concert critique "Fresh Wind of the Classical" and praised especially the "highly inspired Leonore Overture" and the "tremendous transparency" in the Oboe Concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (complete review: WELT, 23.07.2019)
Works of early romanticism were on the program at the ISEJO Youth Symphony Orchestra’s summer tour 2019. In addition to Weber's Oberon Overture, the clarinet duo of the Mayrhofer brothers played two concert pieces by Mendelssohn for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra; the main work was Schumann's Symphony No. 1 ("Spring Symphony").
The review of the OVB praised a "Spring Festival of juvenile exuberance", the "superior direction" of Ingmar Beck and the "stylistic certainty of the young orchestra". (complete review: OVB, 06.08.2019).
The World Premiere Recording of the Coronation Mass by Johann Georg Albrechtsberger has been available since July 2019 on Spotify, Youtube, Amazon Music, iTunes etc. In collaboration with the Albrechtsberger Society, Ingmar Beck, with his chamber orchestra Concerto Sacro and the choir Canto Arrianis, recorded the solemn Mass for the first time to make it accessible to the world and the fans of classical music.
The "Hungarian Coronation Mass" was composed and premiered in 1792 for the coronation of the Emperor Franz II as the King of Hungary - since then the mass was in the archive of the monastery Klosterneuburg. Now it was recorded for the first time. An edition of the score will be available soon at the Albrechtsberger Society.
In May 2019, Ingmar Beck will conduct the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra for the first time. In this concert, the orchestra will present their program for the upcoming season 2019/20 and play a beautiful and diversified selection of the following season. The program will contain of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius, Debussy, and by the contemporary composers Byström, and Dean.
Shortly afterwards, Ingmar Beck will conduct a world premiere production at the State Opera Hamburg. The opera „The Night of the Sea Urchins“, which was composed in collaboration by Diana Syrse, Mischa Tangian, and Huihui Cheng, will be performed for the first time in the Chamber Opera „opera stabile“ (May 4-7).
In March 2019, Ingmar Beck will have his debut with the Orchestre de Paris in the newly built Paris Philharmonie, conducting the orchestra’s season reveal. Beck and the Orchestre de Paris will perform the overture Leonore No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven on March 16. In the days before, he will assist Herbert Bloomstedt in his symphony concerts with the Orchestre de Paris.
Immediately afterwards, Ingmar Beck will have his Romanian debut with the Filarmonica Transilvania Cluj. On March 22, the program will include a contemporary Romanian ballet by Razvan Metea ("Inviere"), Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto (soloist: Daniel Petrica Ciobanu), and Johannes Brahms's 1st symphony.
On March 10, the Great Te Deum of Beethoven's teacher Albrechtsberger will be performed for the first time in more than 200 years - additionally, the harp concerto and soprano arias by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed at the Stiftskirche Klosterneuburg.
The International Albrechtsberger Society organizes its third major project of a new concert series in the magnificent Stiftskirche Klosterneuburg. The chamber orchestra Concerto Sacro and the choir Canto Arrianis under the direction of Ingmar Beck will collaborate with internationally-acclaimed harpist Elisabeth Plank and the Viennese soprano Eva-Maria Schmid in a varied concert titled “Te Deum".
In addition to the revival of the Great Te Deum by Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, a work by the same title by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed, giving listeners an unique comparison of the two composers. The soprano Eva-Maria Schmid will present atmospheric soprano arias by W. A. Mozart; in addition, harpist Elisabeth Plank will play the rarely performed harp concerto by Albrechtsberger. Tickets are available for € 25 via Wien-Ticket, the International Albrechtsberger-Gesellschaft, and the box office.
From January to February 2019, Ingmar Beck returned to the Canadian Opera Company as Assistant Conductor to Bernard Labadie. The COC revival of the famous Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s production was prominently cast, including amongst others Emily D’Angelo (Dorabella), Ben Bliss (Ferrando), and Johannes Kammler (Guglielmo).
In December Ingmar Beck will serve as Assistant Conductor for Daniel Harding and Orchestre de Paris on their concert tour to Japan. The concerts will take place in Sapporo, Tottori, Kyoto, Osaka, and in the world-famous Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The program consists of Mahler’s 1st symphony, Beethoven’s 6th symphony, and the violin concertos of Beethoven and Berg (soloist: Isabelle Faust).
Asam Classical Soloists will perform Christmas concerts in Germany, lead by their founder Ingmar Beck on the hapsichord. The ensemble will perform with Cuban-American mezzo-soprano Alexandra Urquiola and violinist Verena-Maria Fitz (Bavarian State Orchestra) to present a riveting program. The concert includes Vivaldi's famous violin concerto “Winter” (The Four Seasons) and the atmospheric Concerto di Natale by Corelli. Urquiola will perform excerpts of Händel's Messiah and virtuoso, intimate arias from the Vivaldi literature.
December 21, 8 pm: Petrikirche Baldham
December 22, 7.30 pm: Max-Joseph-Saal der Münchner Residenz (Tickets via tickets@asamclassical or München-Ticket)
In November, Ingmar Beck works as the operetta specialist and assistant conductor for Opéra de Lyon’s international tour to the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman). He assists Chief Conductor Daniele Rustioni in a production of the Strauss operetta Night in Venice. Beck will conduct a majority of the production process.
Immediately after, Beck will travel to Nürnberg (Germany) to lead the Nürnberger Symphoniker on the 1st advent.
On October 21, Ingmar Beck conducted the first performance for over two hundred years of Johann Georg Albrechtsberger’s Great Requiem in C minor. Beck's chamber orchestra, Concerto Sacro, collaborated with Canto Arrianis to revive the work in the splendid Stift Klosterneuburg (Austria). Beck scattered various instrumental pieces throughout the Requiem to create emotional juxtaposition, utilizing works by Vanhal, Graf, Richter, Hasse, and Filtz.
Post concert, the Albrechtsberger Society proudly presented the World Premiere Recording of Albrechtsberger's Coronation Mass, Great Alleluja, and Symphony in C Major, all conducted by Ingmar Beck.
Asam Classical Soloists opened their 2018/2019 season with a Baroque Music concert in Fürstenfeld (Germany). The ensemble performed Hasse's Serenata Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra, lead by their founder Ingmar Beck. He decided to modernize the work, replacing the Italian recitatives with their German translation equivalents. Actors of the renowed Otto Falckenberg School Munich portrayed the raw text with intimacy and strength. The soloists were Lydia Teuscher (soprano), Yulia Sokolik (mezzo-soprano), Maria Wördermann and Janus Torp (actors).
The Süddeutsche Zeitung enthusiastically praised the performance, saying, “The long lasting and excited applause of the audience showed that the concept of this musical evening worked out perfectly.“
Ingmar Beck made his debut with the Inn-Salzach-Euregio Youth Orchestra this summer, leading the orchestra through Germany and Austria. Beck’s program included Mozart's Overture to The Impresario and the composer’s 2nd Horn Concerto, Beethoven's concert aria “Ah perfido” op. 65, and Haydn's Symphony No. 101 “The Clock.”
Several press articles praised the concerts, saying:
- “Ingmar Beck proved that he can lead an orchestra to their highest performance“
- “Beck brings viridity to Mozart's music“
- “It is unbelievable that this orchestra only rehearsed for a few days“
- “Clear lightness“
On Sunday, July 22, Ingmar Beck will conduct his concert debut with the Symphoniker Hamburg. The concert is the last of four traditional summer concerts in Hamburg's City Hall and the last concert of the orchestra's season 2018/19. The program includes Haydn's Symphony No. 104, the Clarinet Concerto of W.A. Mozart (Soloist: Pablo Barragán), and the Symphony in C major by Viennese composer Anton Eberl (1765-1807); according to music critics of the early 19th century, he was as fundamental to Viennese society as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.
This summer, Ingmar Beck participates in his first production with the Bregenzer Festspiele. He is Assistant Conducting for Johannes Debus (Music Director: the Canadian Opera Company) in Berthold Goldschmidt's opera Beatrice Cenci. Similar to Zemlinsky's Kreidekreis and many other works of the 1930s and 1940s, the opera questions justice and human rights through the lens of an historically-based fiction, using a latent comparison to humanity’s powerlessness against the brutal socialism that plagued the country during that time.
Johannes Erath directs "Beatrice Cenci" as a breath-taking church thriller. The opera will premiere on
July 18 in the Bregenzer Festspielhaus; in addition, there will be a TV broadcast in August, as well as a later DVD release.
Ingmar Beck will begin a collaboration with the International Albrechtsberger Society next Sunday, July 1. The concert will consist of the Coronation Mass, the Alleluja, and a symphony by Johann Georg Albrechtsberger at 6pm in the Stiftskirche Klosterneuburg. Beck will be joined by the members of the choir of the Wiener Musikverein and his chamber orchestra, Concerto Sacro, to create this magnificent event.
In the coming years, many more works of Albrechtsberger will be re-explored, performed, and recorded. Albrechtsberger was Chief Conductor at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna from 1793 until 1809, and composed many works that until now have remained undiscovered. Plans are in the works for a performance of his Requiem in C minor in October.
From March 16-18, 2018, Ingmar Beck conducted and directed the 160th anniversary festival of Stadtchor Klosterneuburg. Beck served as the choir’s Artistic Director from 2012-2017, leading them to remarkable musical and artistic heights. Years of development and growth was celebrated through this final collaboration. The first concert boasted an eclectic night of German opera, including ensembles, overtures, and arias from such works as J. Strauss’ Night in Venice, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, La Clemenza di Tito, and Abduction from the Seraglio, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Kienzl’s Der Evangeliemann, and Wagner’s Lohengrin and Die Meistersinger. The festival culminated with an emotionally-riveting Brahms Requiem, premiered 150 years ago.
NEW: INGMAR BECK CONDUCTS MOZART
From December 2017 until January 2018 Ingmar Beck acted as Lothar Koenig's Assistant Conductor for "Der Kreidekreis" by Alexander von Zemlinsky (director: Richard Brunel) and overtook a majority of rehearsals in the first three weeks of production. The internationally-renowned cast included Ilse Eerens (Belgium), Nicola Beller-Carbone (Italy), Stephan Rügamer (State Opera Berlin), and Martin Winkler (State Opera Vienna).
From November 29 to December 4, 2017, Ingmar Beck and mezzo-soprano Annette Lubosch toured Israel, giving a celebrated concert in the Austrian Hospice of Jerusalem where Ingmar Beck accompanied Lubosch on the piano. The two musicians lead a masterclass program for five days in Jerusalem, targeted at the healthy development of young singers. Beck and Lubasch also traveled to Palestine to lead orchestral and vocal workshops at the Barenboim Said Foundation.
The Baroque Ensemble Asam Classical Soloists celebrates its 10 year anniversary with a concert on October 21 at 8 pm in Himmelfahrtskirche München-Sendling. The ensemble will perform the first work from their first concert "Exsultate, jubilate" (soprano: "ECHO Klassik" winner Marie-Sophie Pollak) and the Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola (Soloists: Verena-Maria Fitz, violin / Benjamin Beck, viola) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the Farwell Symphony by Joseph Haydn. Tickets can be ordered per mail via email@example.com.
The Asam Classical Soloists were founded in 2007 by Ingmar Beck who is leading the ensemble playing the hapsichord. The repertoire of the ensemble is mainly based on works of the times of Baroque and Classic. In the last years the Asam Classical Soloists performed at Forum "Alte Musik" Fürstenfeld, in the Münchner Residenz and in the Himmelfahrt Church München-Sendling, including two concerts with the Augsburg Boys' Chorus.
Ingmar Beck was conducting the final concert of the huge Bavarian scholarship program klasse.im.puls with Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra in May. On the program of the concert, which was sold out for weeks, was the 9th symphony "New World" of Antonín Dvořák, a medley of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, and a hymn of the Nuremberg composer Heinrich Hartl. The Bavarian TV (BR) documented the whole project (archive).
The summer programm of the Aspen Music Festival 2017 is released. Additionally to his work as Assistant Conductor Ingmar Beck will conduct various concerts, including a symphony orchestra concert and two family concerts.
Both family concerts are contributed to the season theme "Enchantment". On July 20 Beck will conduct a musical poem of the German story of the "Musicians of Bremen" by the American composer Bernard Rogers. On August 17 "Dirty Beasts" of the English composer Benjamin Wallfish will be performed - a very colourful orchestra piece commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra in 2013, with poems of Roald Dahl.
As highlight of the summer Ingmar Beck will conduct the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra on July 26. The program includes the world-famous "Scheherazade" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and the Piano Concerto No. 25 K. 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Ingmar Beck was awarded with the Aspen Conducting Prize 2016 by Robert Spano (Chefdirigent Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Chefdirigent Aspen Music Festival) in August 2016. This prize is the highest award for conductors at the Aspen Music Festival and is one of the most prestigeous awards for young conductors in USA. Ingmar Beck will be the official Assistant Conductor at the Aspen Music Festival 2017.
In August 2016 Ingmar Beck was awarded with a fellowship of the "Academy Music Theatre Today" of the Deutsche Bank Foundation. This 2-year-fellowship contents workshops at various opera houses in Europe and a new production at the State Opera Hamburg.
Works by Händel and Hasse were played in the last concert of the Asam Classical Soloists in collaboration with the world-famous Augsburg Boys' Choir. With their leader Ingmar Beck at the hapsichord the baroque orchestra presented highly interesting instrumental and church works by Johann Adolph Hasse and highly virtuose opera arias of Georg Friedrich Händel, which were written for the famous soprano Faustina Bordoni (who was the wife of Hasse).
The Munich Baroque Orchestra Asam Classical Soloists was founded in 2007 of the conductor, hapsichord player and cellist Ingmar Beck. The main repertoire of the ensemble contents standard repertoire of Baroque and Classical times as well as unknown and not published works of this time.