BiographyFollowing a long-time as well as fruitful collaboration, Philipp Ahmann will become Chief Conductor of Leipzig’s MDR Radio Choir in January 2020.
From 2008 to 2018, he was chief conductor of the NDR Radio Choir in Hamburg and, in addition, led prestigious orchestras specialising on “early music” and ensembles for “New Music”, including the AKAMUS Berlin, B’Rock, Bell’arte Salzburg, Concerto con Anima, Concerto Cologne, Le Concert Lorrain, and the Elbipolis Barock Orchestra Hamburg, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Ensemble Resonanz, Fabergé-Quintett, Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne, MDR-Sinfonieorchester and NDR Radiophilharmonie, as well as the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Dutch Radio Choir, WDR Rundfunkchor and SWR Vokalensemble. Productions with the Bigband “Spielvereinigung Sued”, NDR Bigband and the NDR Brass bear witness to the conductor’s versatility.
Born in 1974, Philipp Ahmann studied “Conducting” with Marcus Creed in Cologne and gained further artistic impulses by Frieder Bernius, Peter Neumann and Robin Gritton, as well as due to collaborations with renowned conductors, such as Gerd Albrecht, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Peter Eötvös, Christoph Eschenbach, Thomas Hengelbrock, Heinz Holliger, Marek Janowski, Wladimir Jurowski, Andrew Manze, Kent Nagano, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Christian Thielemann, and Lothar Zagrosek.
He has been a guest at renowned festivals such as Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the International Handel Festival Göttingen.
Philipp Ahmann has been acclaimed especially for his interpretation of oratorio works ranging from Baroque to contemporary. His vast repertoire encompasses besides numerous works by Bach, Handel, and Telemann as well as works of the French, Italian and Salzburg Baroque, the key works of the Viennese Classic and the romantic period, such as Haydn’s The Seasons, Mendelssohn’s Paulus and Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem as well as Berlioz’ L’enfance du Christ, and, furthermore, works of the modern era.
Handel and Mozart in particular are the “connection points” between the concert and the opera stage, thus he already conducted Così fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte. In August 2019, Philipp Ahmann made his successful debut at the Ópera Nacional de Chile in Santiago with a staged production of Handel's Rodelinda.
Numerous CDs recorded with the NDR Choir and the MDR Rundfunkchor gained enthusiastic critical acclaim.