Thomas Hengelbrock

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Thomas Hengelbrock
Born (1958-06-09) 9 June 1958 (age 59)
  • Violinist
  • Musicologist
  • Stage director
  • Conductor

Thomas Hengelbrock (born 9 June 1958) is a German violinist, musicologist, stage director and conductor.

Born in Wilhelmshaven, Hengelbrock studied the violin with Rainer Kussmaul. He started his career in Würzburg and Freiburg im Breisgau. He worked as an assistant to Witold Lutosławski, Mauricio Kagel and Antal Doráti and played with ensembles such as the Concentus Musicus Wien. In 1985, he cofounded the Freiburger Barockorchester, where he worked as a violinist and a leader of the ensemble.[1]

In 1991, Hengelbrock founded the Balthasar Neumann Chor in Freiburg. Subsequently, in 1995, he established the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble as a parallel orchestra with its namesake choir, to perform works from Baroque to contemporary music in Historically informed performances. He continues to work both Balthasar Neumann ensembles regularly.[2] From 1995 to 1999, he was the first artistic director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He was music director of the Volksoper Wien from 2000 to 2003. In 2001, he founded the "Feldkirch Festival" in Feldkirch, Vorarlberg, and served as its artistic director until 2006.

In 2011, Hengelbrock became chief conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra in 2011.[3] During his tenure, the orchestra took up new residence at the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, and changed its name to the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. In June 2017, the orchestra announced that Hengelbrock is to conclude his tenure with the ensemble at the close of the 2018-2019 season.[4]

Selected recordings[edit]


  1. ^ Stean Schickhaus (2015-08-20). "'Grabenkämpfe haben in der Musik nichts verloren'". Frankfurter Rundschau. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  2. ^ Alexander Dick (2016-11-30). ""Ein kleine Zeitreise durch Mendelssohns Kosmos"". Badische Zeitung. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  3. ^ Alexander Dick (2009-03-28). "Dirigent Thomas Hengelbrock geht nach Hamburg". Badische Zeitung. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  4. ^ "Hengelbrock nur noch bis 2019 Chefdirigent". NDR. 2017-06-19. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
(no predecessor)
Artistic Director, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Succeeded by
Daniel Harding (music director)
Preceded by
Christoph von Dohnányi
Chief Conductor, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
Succeeded by