Johanna Malangré

Biography

Praised as ‘a natural conductor’ by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, award-winning German conductor Johanna Malangré will become the next Chief Conductor of the Orchestre de Picardie in France, starting in September 2022.

Johanna has been noted for her electrifying musicality and imaginative leadership. She is passionate about communicating the world of orchestral music to a wider public and has a special interest in curating programmes aimed at introducing new audiences to classical music, all of which she will bring to the public in the North of France.

At the 2019 MAWOMA Conducting Competition in Vienna, Johanna was awarded the First, audience and orchestra prizes. She first gained international attention as ‘Conducting Fellow’ at the 2017 Lucerne Festival Academy, working with Heinz Holliger and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and was reinvited to the Lucerne Festival in 2021 to conduct three concerts, including one world premiere, with the Festival Contemporary Orchestra.

Recent invitations include concerts with the Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel, Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester, Musikcollegium Winterthur, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland- Pfalz, Collegium Novum Zürich, Göttinger Symphonieorchester and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, and, in France, her debut with Orchestre de Bretagne, working on the new CD of soloist Gauthier Capuçon for ERATO/Warner Classics and conducting the subsequent concert tour, as well as first appearances at Festival de Saint-Denis, and with Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche Comté and Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn.

In 2019, Johanna Malangré was appointed Music Director of the orchestra of a new festival in Münich under the patronage of Christian Gerhaher. The HIDALGO festival brings classical music of the highest standard to all types of audiences throughout the city, while breaking down the boundaries between the genres.

Johanna Malangré began her conducting career in 2012 as an Assistant Conductor with the Chamber Opera in Cologne and conducted Dvorak’s Rusalka at Pilsen Opera (2018), as well as concerts with the Staatstheater Cottbus Orchestra and the Meininger Hofkapelle. In 2016/2017, she was assistant conductor of the Bergische Symphoniker, and subsequently, was invited to work with Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal de Versailles, Münchner Symphoniker, Süddeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Musikkollegium Winterthur, MDR-Sinfonieorchester, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra.

Johanna is a graduate of the renowned conducting class of Prof. Johannes Schlaefli in Zürich and has been coached by mentors including Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, Reinhard Goebel and Nicolas Pasquet.

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