Megaron Concert Hall

The British conductor Catherine Larsen Maguire with UYO . On Tuesday, October 27, at the Megaron Concert Hall,  “D. Mitropoulos Hall”, at 20:30.

Catherine Larsen-Maguire

Following ten years as principal bassoonist at the KomischeOper Berlin, Catherine Larsen-Maguire turned her focus exclusively to conducting in 2012, having acquired an extensive knowledge of the repertoire, a superlative musical ear and an in-depth awareness of orchestra psychology; since thenshe has conducted among others the Bremen, Magdeburg, Augsburg and Nuremburg Philharmonics, the orchestra of the KomischeOper Berlin, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the DeutschesKammerorchester Berlin, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Belgrade Philharmonic and the Slovenian Radio Orchestra as well as the orchestras of the Sunflower and Buzzards Bay Festivals in the United States and the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, the OrquestaSinfónica de Xalapa and the  Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río in Mexico.Alongside the standard orchestral canon, Catherine Larsen-Maguire also has a special interest in contemporary music and has directed the first performances of numerous works, including Gordon Kampe’s “GefährlicheOperette” for the Ruhrtriennale and the North American premiere of MacMillan’s Oboe Concerto with Nigel Shore. Collaborations include Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Resonanz, Ensemble ascolta andensemble united berlin.Placing great emphasis on working with younger musicians, Larsen-Maguire also enjoys working with and training youth ensembles around the world; she was ajury member for the Besançon Competition in 2017 and 2019, andfor five years held a guest professorship in conducting at the University of the Arts, Berlin.

Born in Manchester and now based in Berlin,Catherine Larsen-Maguire read music at Cambridge University, and studied the bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with Klaus Thunemann in Hanover, and at the Karajan Academy in Berlin. She won the top prize in the 1996 Prague Spring Bassoon Competition; in addition to her position at the KomischeOpershe also played as guest principal in the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras.