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Omer Meir Wellber conducts premiere at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
February 17, 2020

Omer Meir Wellber will conduct a work commissioned by the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig on 20, 21 and 23 February: the monodrama The Eternal Stranger by Ella Milch-Sheriff, which found its inspiration on the occasion of Beethoven’s anniversary and deals with the various facets of foreignness. The programme also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra, whereby the violin is played by Jacob Reuven on the mandolin – so to speak as an “immigrant” into a Central European piece of music.


You can listen to the concert  here on MDR Kultur.


Find more information about the concert program here.


20, 21, 23 February            Leipzig, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig


Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra

Ella Milch-Sheriff: The eternal stranger       world premiere

Beethoven: Symphonie No. 4


Jakob Reuven – mandolin

Daniel Ciobanu – piano

Eli Danker –  actor/narrator


In the coming months of April and May, The Eternal Stranger by Ella Milch-Sheriff will be performed under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm (17, 18 April) and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo in Palermo (14 May).


Omer Meir Wellber in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Antwerpen
February 3, 2020

Omer Meir Wellber will be giving his debut with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and with it at the same time his debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. With works by Wagner, Mahler and Tschaikowski, the established conductor will have concerts in Utecht, Amsterdam and Antwerpen.


7. Februar Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest

Wagner: Vorspiel und Liebestod aus Tristan und Isolde (Version ohne  Sopran)

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Tschaikowski: Sinfonie Nr. 6 „Pathétique“

Christoph Pohl – Baritone


9. Februar Amsterdam, Concertgebouw

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest

Wagner: Vorspiel und Liebestod aus Tristan und Isolde (Version ohne Sopran)

Tschaikowski: Sinfonie Nr. 6 „Pathétique“


10.Februar Antwerpen, Koningin Elisabethzaal

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest

Wagner: Vorspiel und Liebestod aus Tristan und Isolde (Version ohne  Sopran)

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Tschaikowski: Sinfonie Nr. 6 „Pathétique“

Christoph Pohl – Baritone


More information about the concerts can be found here.


Omer Meir Wellber – premiere in Palermo
January 15, 2020

After his symphonic debut as Music Director at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo at the beginning of this year, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the new production of Wagner’s Parsifal at the Teatro Massimo under the direction of Graham Vick at the end of January 2020 (premiere: 26 January 2020).


More information can be found here.


Concerts around the end of the year
December 27, 2019

Start the year 2020 with Omer Meir Wellber and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo at the New Year’s Concert and works by Wagner, Verdi, Puccini. Find more information and listen live here or on the Youtube Channel of Teatro Massimo (tmassimopa).


1. January Palermo, Teatro Massimo

Orchestra del Teatro Massimo

New Year’s Concert

Joseph Calleja – Tenor


4. January Palermo, Teatro Massimo

Orchestra del Teatro Massimo

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9


Omer Meir Wellber at Bridgewater Hal
December 10, 2019





More information can be found here.


Omer Meir Wellber opens season in Palermo
December 2, 2019

Omer Meir Wellber, newly appointed Music Director of the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, will conduct the New Year’s Concert on 1 January and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on 4 January, opening the 2020 season.


1 January Palermo, Teatro Massimo


Orchestra del Teatro Massimo

New Year’s concert

Joseph Calleja – Tenor


4 January Palermo, Teatro Massimo


Orchestra del Teatro Massimo

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9


Further information can be found here.


Omer Meir Wellber – Debut with the Munich Philharmonic
November 18, 2019

Omer Meir Wellber will give his debut with the Munich Philharmonic on 21, 22 and 24 November 2019. Below you will find the programme of the concerts:


21, 22, 24 November Munich, Philharmonie

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

Haydn: Symphony No. 49

Adler: Alone, I return from the Night – Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra

Haydn: Nelson Mass

Sarah-Jane Brandon – soprano, Katija Dragojevic – mezzo-soprano, Martin Mitterrutzner – Tenor, Ain Anger – Bass

Hila Baggio – Soprano

Philharmonic Choir Munich


Further information about the concerts can be found here.


Omer Meir Wellber conducts premiere
November 6, 2019

Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre in Dresden




On 3 November, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the premiere of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre in Dresden. The co-production with the Teatro Real in Madrid will be directed by Spanish opera director Calixto Bieito. Further performances will take place on 7, 13, 26 and 28 November.


Find more information here.


Literary debut of Omer Meir Wellber
October 14, 2019

Poetic, political, wild…Today “Die vier Ohnmachten des Chaim Birkner” by conductor Omer Meir Wellber is published!


Chaim Birkner is 108 years old and the oldest man in Israel. He came to Israel in 1944 and since then he has been lying his way through life, avoiding everything and everyone. His neglected daughter Sharon of all people forces him to face life at least once.


Find more information here!


“Die vier Ohnmachten des Chaim Birkner” by Omer Meir Wellber
September 27, 2019

On 14 October 2019 the conductor Omer Meir Wellber will publish his literary debut “Die vier Ohnmachten des Chaim Birkner”, which will be published in German by BerlinVerlag.  Learn more about the book here!


“Chaim Birkner is 108 years old, the oldest man in Israel. But he’s not celebrating, he decides to move back to Hungary, the country he fled, into his parents‘ apartment in Budapest he could never sell. That’s where his father and he “rescued” two Torah roles from the synagogue, that’s where he grew up with the neighbour girl Leon, the yellow tree, the sordid dealings of his father …

Ever since he came to Israel in 1944 he has been lying his way through life, avoiding everything and everyone. Of all people it is, now, his neglected daughter Sharon who forces him to face life at least once… This is the novel of a tired and desperate man, confronting us with a history of Israel nobody ever dares to tell.”


Video livestream today (13 September) at 4:30 UK time: Omer Meir Wellber and the BBC Philharmonic
September 13, 2019

Please join us today at 4:30 pm (UK time) for Omer Meir Wellber‘s concert as newly appointed Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, the home of the orchestra, and experience a unique adaptation of Vivaldi's Four Seasons (2. Summer) with mandolinist Jacob Reuven and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 directed from the piano by Wellber with an interesting twist: improvising the cadenzas with musicians from the orchestra as well as for Schumann and Schönberg.





Watch the worldwide livestream today at 4.30 p.m. (UK time) here or www.bbc.co.uk/philharmonic as well as on MediaCityUK big outdoor screen; catch-up stream also viewable any time after that.


Omer Meir Wellber and the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester
September 9, 2019

On 13 September 2019, Omer Meir Wellber, the new Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, will conduct works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Schönberg and Schuhmann.


Previously, on 12 September, he leads the launch of BBC Education’s music education campaign Bring the Noise, which aims to bring children closer to the joy of making music.


13 September Manchester, MediaCityUK

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concert

Vivaldi: Four Seasons (Summer)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 K.414

Schoenberg: Five Orchestra Pieces Op. 16

Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Jacob Reuven – Mandolin


Further information can be found here!


Omer Meir Wellber – BBC Proms Concerts – Press and Stream on Demand
August 7, 2019

Omer Meir Wellber’s concerts at the BBC Proms as the new Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic were praised highly by the British Press.


Thanks to BBC Radio 3, the broadcast of those concerts can still be listened to online for another two and three weeks.


Prom 7:

23 July – London, Royal Albert Hall – BBC Proms

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 15 KV 450

Ben-Haim: Symphony No. 1

Schönberg: Fünf Orchesterstücke op. 16

Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Yeol Eum Son – Piano

stream on demand until 21 August


Prom 14:

29 July – London, Royal Albert Hall – BBC Proms

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Haydn: The Creation

Sarah-Jane Brandon – Sopran, Benjamin Hulett – Tenor, Christoph Pohl – Bariton

BBC Proms Youth Choir

stream on demand until 27 August


Omer Meir Wellber on tour with Hilary Hahn and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
July 15, 2019

Omer Meir Wellber will conduct works by i.a. Bach and Schubert together with violinist Hilary Hahn and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen at various renowned festivals in Germany, Spain and Switzerland.


Concert dates and further information:


22 August Kloster Eberbach, Basilika Rheingau Musik Festival

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Bach: selected chorales

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 A minor

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 E major

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 D Major D 200

Hilary Hahn – Violin


23 August Lübeck, Musik- und Kongresshalle Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Otto: Contrapunctus I (Orchestration of Contrapunctus I from Bach’s “Die Kunst der Fuge” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 A minor

Sadikova: Mirroring Contrapunctus for orchestra (orchestration of the Contrapunctus XII from Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 E major

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 D Major D 200

Hilary Hahn – Violin


24 August Flensburg, Deutsches Haus Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Otto: Contrapunctus I (Orchestration of Contrapunctus I from Bach’s “Die Kunst der Fuge” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 A minor

Sadikova: Mirroring Contrapunctus for orchestra (orchestration of the Contrapunctus XII from Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 E major

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 D Major D 200

Hilary Hahn – Violin


27 August San Sebastián, Kursaal Auditorium San Sebastián Festival

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Otto: Contrapunctus I (Orchestration of Contrapunctus I from Bach’s “Die Kunst der Fuge” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 A minor

Sadikova: Mirroring Contrapunctus for orchestra (orchestration of the Contrapunctus XII from Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 E major

Schubert: Symphony No. 4

Hilary Hahn – Violin


29 August Gstaad, Kirche Saanen Gstaad Festival

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Bach: selected chorales

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 A minor

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 E major

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 D Major D 200

Hilary Hahn – Violin


31 August Redefin, Landgestüt Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Otto: Contrapunctus I (Orchestration of Contrapunctus I from Bach’s “Die Kunst der Fuge” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 A minor

Sadikova: Mirroring Contrapunctus for orchestra (orchestration of the Contrapunctus XII from Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 E major

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 D Major D 200

Hilary Hahn – Violin


Omer Meir Wellber at the Bach Festival in Leipzig
June 13, 2019

On 18 June 2019, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct a special project on The Art of the Fugue by J. S. Bach at the Bach Festival in Leipzig’s Thomaskirche with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.


The composers of the project are:


Maximilian Otto – Fugue 1

Peter Tornyai – Fugue 5

Carlo Boccadoro – Fugue 7

Sven-David Sandström – Joint 8

Ferran Cruixent – Fugue 9

Bernd Franke – Fugue 11

Aziza Sadikova – Fugue 12

Ella Milk Sheriff – Fugue 14


Omer Meir Wellber himself says about the project: “The Art of the Fugue« has been a fountain of inspiration and continues to be. Composers from all over the globe chose and orchestrated Fuges, dialoging with Bach through new orchestral perspectives. This project is about cultural immigration: we bring the world into the core of the European musical tradition, a dialog through sound and color.”


No 75 Incomplete perfection

– J. S. Bach: The Art of the Fugue, in new arrangements

– F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Christus (Fragment)

– F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Wie der Hirsch schreit nach frischem Wasser


Debut at the BBC Proms
April 17, 2019

On 23 and 29 July, Omer Meir Wellber, designated Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, will conduct his debut concerts at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


On the program will be the following :


23 July, London, Royal Albert Hall

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 15, KV 450

Ben Haim: Symphony No. 1

Schönberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra op. 16

Schumann: Symphony No. 4


29 July, London, Royal Albert Hall

Haydn: The Creation



Find here further information about the concerts.

Symphonic Concerts in Dresden
April 9, 2019

Principal Guest Conductor Omer Meir Wellber will conduct two symphonic concerts with the Staatskapelle Dresden on 14 and 15 April. On the program will be works by Haydn and Górecki.


Find more information on this here.


ARTE Concert Stream - Omer Meir Wellber's Elbphilharmonie debut
March 28, 2019

On Thursday, 21 March, Omer Meir Wellber conducted his debut concert in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with the NDR Elbphilharmonie orchestra, with works by Haydn, Schnitte and Tchaikovsky.


The concert was streamed live on ARTE Concert and is now available for 90 days. Click here.


Guest with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and debut in the Elbphilharmonie
March 18, 2019

From Thursday, 21 March, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct concerts with the NDR Elbphilharmonie and will have his debut at the rostrum of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. He and the orchestra will present works by Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Schnittke.


The concert on 21 March will be streamed live on ARTE Concert. The concert stream will then be available for 90 days. Click here.


Furthermore, Omer Meir Wellber will be guest at the German popular TV show DAS! in the North German TV channel NDR. You can watch live on Wednesday, 20 March from 18.45 – 19.30 German time. Click here for further information.


Omer Meir Wellber conducts symphonic concert in Palermo
March 8, 2019

On 9 March, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct a symphonic concert with the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo in Palermo. On the program will be works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Prokofiev. Soloists are pianist Daniel Ciobanu as well as mezzo soprano Ekaterina Seergeva.


Find here further information on the concert.


In January 2020 he will take up the position of Music Director of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo


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