Sybille Werner

A native of Germany now living in New York City, Sybille Werner has established herself as a symphonic and operatic conductor of note on both sides of the Atlantic.

She most recently recorded works by Wagner, Schumann and Richard Strauss with the Bamberger Symphoniker for Bayerischer Rundfunk. This network also broadcast a concert with the First Women's Chamber Orchestra of Austria she gave in her hometown of Schwabach in 2001, the same year she recorded for S├╝dwestdeutscher Rundfunk with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Kaiserslautern. In addition, German State Television ARD has repeatedly aired a prime-time 45-minute biographical documentary about Sybille Werner which was filmed in New York, in Germany, and during a guest engagement with Sinfonietta Cracovia in Cracow in 1998.

Ms. Werner made her European debut in 1994 with the Czestochowa State Philharmonic and the Kalisz Symphony in Poland; she subsequently returned to the country for concerts with the orchestras of Koszalin, Plock, Bialystok, Torun, Walbrzych, Kielce and Poznan, where she recorded works of the American composer Roger Nortman as well. Further guest appearances include repeat engagements in Germany with Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden, an orchestra of young professionals from over 20 countries, and her Mexican debut in San Luis Potosi, November of 2007, with a program of Grieg and Mahler’s Symphony No.1.

While Ms. Werner feels a strong affinity for the music of Mahler and the Central European repertoire, she also is intrigued by the works of contemporary composers. In May 2000 she gave the world premiere of Martin Halpern's The Boy from Deerfield in New York. The following year she made her first visit to Japan to conduct Keiko Fujiie’s La Ni├▒a de Cera in Tokyo and Kyoto, followed by a multi-media staging of Dave Soldier’s Naked Revolution in Virginia. After numerous performances of Grigori Frid’s The Diary of Anne Frank in New York in 2001/2, she was invited to conduct this production at the Cleveland Opera in June 2004.

Having moved to New York in her twenties, she founded the Pro Solisti Chamber Orchestra and she served as Assistant Conductor of the Metropolitan Y Orchestra of West Orange, New Jersey. Subsequently she held the position of Music Director/Conductor with the Manhattan Opera Association for three seasons, with the Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony for two seasons, and with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble for nine seasons. She has appeared as guest conductor with the Fort Collins Symphony in Colorado and Opera Amici in Manhattan repeatedly, as well as with the Long Island Opera Company and the Greenwich Village Orchestra.

In addition to conducting, Ms. Werner has assisted the renowned Mahler scholar Prof. Henry-Louis de La Grange since 2005. Her contributions to his monumental biography of the composer include the compilation of an extensive performance chronology of Mahler's works spanning the period 1911 to 1961. She has lectured about this subject to the Mahler Society of New York in 2009, and at the international symposium “After Mahler's Death” in Vienna, May 2011.

Born in Schwabach, Germany, Sybille Werner studied piano, conducting and musicology, counting among her teachers and mentors Dr. Michael Zearott, Dr. Richard Lert, Walter Ducloux, Otto-Werner Mueller, and Max Rudolf; she has benefitted from the privilege of attending numerous rehearsals of many great conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber and Klaus Tennstedt.

 

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