Artistic Director

Johannes Klumpp

Johannes Klumpp is considered one of the most promising representatives from the generation of young German conductors. He was born in 1980 in Stuttgart and studied Conducting and Viola at the Liszt School of Music Weimar. He completed his studies by attending a number of master classes some of which were held by Kurt Masur, Gennady Roshdestvensky, Reinhard Goebel, Collin Metters and Michail Jurowski.

In 2005 he became a grant holder of the Composer Forum of the German Music Council, and was awarded up to the third funding level. Since 2010 he is a member of the Artists List “Maestros of Tomorrow”.

In 2006 he won the Franz-Liszt prize for “exceptional artistic achievements with exemplary conduct”. At the International Composers Competition in Besancon in 2007 he was one of the finalists competing with 300 others.

In 2008 he won the first prize and special prize of the 4th German Academy Conducting Competition “in memoriam Herbert von Karajan”.

In 2011 he won the special prize of the German Composers Competition.

Johannes Klumpp is the Artistic Director of the SummerMusicAcademy since the summer of 2007. From 2009 to 2011 he was the 1st music director at the “Musiktheater im Revier“ in Gelsenkirchen, where he conducted operas by Mozart, Puccini, Britten, Feldman, Humperdinck, Boito and many others.

His many concert activities have led him to conduct such renown orchestras as the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin (formerly Berlin Symphony Orchestra), the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Tiroler Landesorchester Innsbruck, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and many more.

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Rolf-Dieter Arens

Born in 1945 in Zinnwald, Germany, Rolf-Dieter Arens began playing the piano at five years of age. From 1963 to 1968 he studied piano with Professor Volger and Chamber Music with Professor Schuster at the Academy of Music in Leipzig. He also attended master classes with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna.

After extensive teaching at the Music academies of Leipzig and Weimar from 1970 to 1986, he was appointed as full professor for piano at the Liszt School of Music Weimar.

From 1986 until 1991, he was a regular soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, and toured Europe with them. He has also had concert appearances all over the world both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. Arens has worked with such renowned conductors as Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, Marek Janowski and Sir Neville Marriner.

In addition to holding master classes in Japan and South Korea, he has regularly been a jury member at international competitions in Bolzano, Budapest, Dublin, Santander, Utrecht, Weimar und Wien. His work is documented in numerous radio broadcasts and recordings for television and CD productions.

From 1993 to 1999 and now since 2007 he has been appointed as the Artistic Director of the SummerMusicAcademy Castle Hundisburg. In 1995 he founded the Chamber Music ensemble “Weimarer Solisten”. Since 2000, he is the Artistic Director of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition of Weimar-Bayreuth. Since 2006, he is a founding member of the New Liszt Foundation Weimar. From 2001 to 2010 Rolf-Dieter Arens was the director of the Liszt School of Music in Weimar. In 2011, he was awarded the “Premio Liszt” in Grottamare (Italy) for his achievements regarding the musician and visionary Franz Liszt. As president of the “Culture Foundation Leipzig” his latest project is the creation of a permanent Wagner exhibition in the Nikolai church in the birth town of the composer, opening up in spring 2013.