Equally at home in all styles and genres, Catherine Larsen-Maguire is a highly accomplished British conductor based in Berlin, who has worked extensively with orchestras and ensembles throughout Europe and the Americas.
Her brilliant musicianship, perfecting ear, intelligent rehearsing, coupled with her combination of power, subtlety and flexibility on stage, are widely praised by those who have performed under her baton.
Catherine’s broad range of repertoire is enhanced by her special interest in contemporary music, and she has directed the premieres of numerous works. She made her operatic debut at the Komische Oper in 2009, conducting the German premiere of Elisabeth Naske’s „Die Rote Zora“, as well as the DVD production of the work. She works regularly with Ensemble United Berlin, and has performed with Musikfabrik Köln, Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg, Ensemble Ascolta and Klangforum Wien.
Widely respected for her pedagogical activities, Catherine held a guest professorship at the University of the Arts in Berlin and led the conducting team at the annual Femusc Festival in Brazil for five years. She directed youth orchestras in Germany, Scotland, Mexico, South Africa, Greece, Los Angeles and Guatemala, as well as Young Euro Classic in Berlin. She gives regular masterclasses around the world and was a jury member for the prestigious Besançon Competition for Young Conductors 2017, returning in the same capacity in 2019.
︎ Barber, Adagio for Strings
︎ Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto Op 64
Recent highlights include performances with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, OFUNAM in Mexico City, the Yun Ensemble in South Korea, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the orchestra of the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, the Taoxichuan Chamber Orchestra in China, at the Buzzards Bay Festival in Massachussetts and the Sunflower Music Festival in Kansas, and in the Gewandhaus Hall in Leipzig with the Amicus Orchestra Glasgow, of which she is principal conductor.
In the current season, her schedule includes concerts with the Slovenian Radio Orchestra, several projects with Ensemble United Berlin, debuts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and at the Ruhrtriennale Festival in Germany with Ensemble Ascolta, in addition to performances in Mexico, China, Brazil, Spain and the USA.
Catherine Larsen-Maguire read music at Cambridge University, and studied bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with Klaus Thunemann in Hanover, and subsequently at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She won the top prize in the 1996 Prague Spring Bassoon Competition, held the Principal Bassoon position at the Komische Oper Berlin for 10 years, and has played as guest Principal Bassoon in the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras, working regularly with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Bernhard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle and Kirill Petrenko.
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