Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer, Conductor

Biography

Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer is Music Director of the Swiss Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Bern Bach Choir and from 2022, Artistic Director of Andermatt Music at the new Andermatt Concert Hall. She is fast building a reputation as a conductor of meticulous technique, contagious passion and rare intellectual insight.

Lena-Lisa is an active international guest conductor. In that capacity, she has worked with ensembles including the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Pomeranian Philharmonic Bydgoszcz, Camerata Schweiz, Basel Sinfonietta, Sinfonietta Berne, Orchestre Symphonique du Jura, Orchestra of Europe, Capriccio Baroque Orchestra and Zakhar Bron Festival Orchestra.

In recent seasons Lena-Lisa has toured with the Swiss Orchestra and soloists Oliver Schnyder, Heinz Holliger, Marie-Claude Chappuis and Alina Pogostkina as well as taking charge of concerts with the Capriccio Baroque Orchestra. She has appeared with the Bern Bach Choir and Leipzig Chamber Orchestra at the Leipzig Bach Festival. The current season will take her to the Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Corund Lucerne and will see her return to the Capriccio Baroque Orchestra.

In addition to her practical music making, Lena-Lisa is a known for her research on interpretation and reception history with a particular focus on Gustav Mahler and Felix Weingartner. Her publication Mahler-Interpretation heute: Perspektiven der Rezeption zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts was positively reviewed by Neue Zürcher Zeitung and was followed in 2019 by Klingender Zeitgeist, on the subject of Mahler's Symphony No 4. In this capacity, Lena-Lisa has frequently been invited to give guest lectures at Basel University.

Born in Zurich in 1983, Lena-Lisa studied violin and conducting at Basel Conservatory, as well as musicology and economics at Basel University. Her PhD thesis took as its subject the recording history of Mahler’s Symphony No 4. She deepened her studies with Sylvia Caduff and Sir Roger Norrington and was assistant conductor to Claudio Abbado. She held scholarships from the Swiss Study Foundation, the Deutsche Bank Foundation Academy Opera Today and the Ernst Göhner Foundation.

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