Artistic Director

Johannes Klumpp

Johannes Klumpp is considered to be one of the most promising up-and-coming German conductors of his generation. He was born in 1980 in Stuttgart and studied Conducting and Viola at the Liszt School of Music Weimar. He has attended a number of master classes held by the likes of Kurt Masur, Gennady Roshdestvensky, Reinhard Goebel, Collin Metters, and Michail Jurowski.

He was named a grant holder of the Composer Forum of the German Music Council in 2005, and was awarded the third funding level. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Artists List »Maestros of Tomorrow«.

In 2006, he won the Franz-Liszt prize for »exceptional artistic achievements with exemplary conduct«. Additionally, he was a finalist at the International Conductors Competition in Besançon in 2007, competing against 300 other conductors.

He won the first prize and special prize of the 4th German Academy Conducting Competition »In memoriam Herbert von Karajan« in 2008. In 2011 he won the special prize of the German Conductors Competition (»Deutscher Dirigentenpreis«).

Johannes Klumpp was named Artistic Director of the SummerMusicAcademy in 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 work has led him many places, conducting renowned orchestras such 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, Rolf-Dieter Arens began playing the piano at the age of five. 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 teaching at the Music academies of Leipzig and Weimar from 1970 to 1986, he was appointed professor of piano at the Liszt School of Music Weimar in 1986.

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

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

From 1993 to 1999, and again from 2007 to 2015, he was appointed the Artistic Director of the SummerMusicAcademy at Hundisburg Castle. In 1995, he founded the Chamber Music Ensemble “Weimarer Solisten”. Since 2000, he has been the Artistic Director of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition of Weimar-Bayreuth. Since 2006, he has been contributing to the New Liszt Foundation Weimar as a founding member. From 2001 to 2010 Rolf-Dieter Arens was the director of the Liszt School of Music in Weimar. For his achievements in his work regarding the musician and visionary Franz Liszt, he was awarded the “Premio Liszt” in Grottamare (Italy) in 2011. As president of the “Culture Foundation Leipzig”, one of his latest projects is the creation of a permanent Wagner exhibition in the Nikolai Church in the birth town of the composer, which opened in spring 2013.

In 2014, Arens was awarded the order of merit of Thuringia. From 2014 to 2015 he was a guest lecturer for piano at the Mahidol University in Bangkok (Thailand).