Wouter Padberg *


Wouter Padberg studied piano and conducting at the Conservatory of Rotterdam. After his studies he received important artistical guidance from Kurt Masur, Ed Spanjaard, Vassily Sinaisky, Frans Brüggen, and Vladimir Jurowski.

Between 2011 and 2013, Wouter has undertaken the role of assistant conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio Chamber Orchestra. During this period Wouter was able to work with many conductors on a great variety of repertoire. As a guest conductor, Wouter conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the Australian premiere of the contemporary opera After Life by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa. Last summer he also conducted performances of La Boheme in Amsterdam in an internationally acclaimed production by stage director Lotte de Beer.

Prior to this, Wouter has been working regularly as assistant conductor at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and the Dutch National Touring Opera. He has developed a repertoire ranging from Dutch contemporary operas to works such as Salome, Elektra, Frau ohne Schatten, Don Giovanni, Nozze di Figaro, Zauberflöte, Tristan und Isolde, La Cenerentola, Candide, Suor Angelica, Madama Butterfly and La Boheme.

In 2008 Wouter was awarded the Kersjes Prize, a Dutch prize for young talented conductors and this led to many engagements with Dutch orchestras. Since then Wouter has appeared in the Netherlands with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the Concertgebouw, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Limburg and Arnhem Philharmonic as well as with new music ensembles such as Nieuw Ensemble and Asko-Schönberg Ensemble.

From January 2014, Wouter will join the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern and its Music Director Karel Mark Chichon as assistant conductor.


Wouter Padberg
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