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Enoch zu Guttenberg, conductor

He never chose the easy path. Enoch zu Guttenberg always followed his convictions, and never just went with the flow; often he went against it. As one of the most notable conductors of our time he has dealt with music in a way that shook up critics and audiences alike, and which brought him international recognition. His career has been accentuated by performances of symphonic works and interpretations of important sacred works on the great international stages: For example, Enoch zu Guttenberg has conducted the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsch Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, the MDR Symphony Orchestra and the Nouvelle Orchestre Philharmonique Paris.

The collaboration with two ensembles in particular made Guttenberg’s artistic vision and musical philosophy a reality: the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern, which he has led since 1967, and the Orchester der KlangVerwaltung, where he has been artistic director since 1997. Enoch zu Guttenberg has been on international tours in recent years with the Orchester der KlangVerwaltung, which is composed of musicians from leading symphony and operatic orchestras, as well as internationally famous soloists and chamber musicians.

The basis for Enoch zu Guttenberg’s and his ensembles’ interpretations is the symbiosis of well-founded knowledge of the respective historically informed performance practice, the unconditional, imperative orientation to the content, and the resulting emotionality. This is true for all the major works of the Baroque, Viennese Classicism, the Romantic and Late Romantic eras, as well as compositions from the twentieth century. Guttenberg, together with the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern and the KlangVerwaltung, has not only celebrated great successes at all important festivals, but also in the Vienna Musikverein, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, in China at the Hong Kong Music Festival and the Beijing Music Festival in 2009, as well as at St Martin in the Fields in London in 2012. A performance of Verdi’s ‘Messa da Requiem’ at the Vatican in honour of Pope Benedict XVI was a particular highlight of the 2010 concert season.

Since 2000, Enoch zu Guttenberg has been the manager of the International Herrenchiemsee Festival. As the artistic director, Guttenberg has created a unique concept with the dramaturge Klaus J. Schönmetzler, which is not only characterized by his personality and his convictions, but also incorporates the special history of the locality.

Even if music is always central to his activity and creativity, Guttenberg has not lost sight of his environment. Whether as persistent admonisher and visionary in the field of environmental policy, or as a successful promoter of cultural collaboration between East and West – Enoch zu Guttenberg’s upbringing meant that the link between political and artistic commitment was always an obligation for him. He has received many awards for his work over the years, amongst them the Deutsche Kulturpreis and the Cross (1st class) of the German Order of Merit.

Enoch zu Guttenberg’s musical work has been documented on numerous radio and TV productions, as well as CD recordings. Together with the Orchester der KlangVerwaltung, he received the ECHO Klassik in the category ‘Symphony Recording of the Year, Music of the Nineteenth Century’ for the recording of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, the ‘Romantic’.


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