Michael Koehler

Michael Koehler

Conductor

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Maestro Michael Koehler is renowned for excellence in musical performances around the world. His unique concerts enriche cultural life and gain enormous public recognition. The dark and warm sound of his orchestras, much praised today, has grown from the German tradition.   Michael Koehler has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Bayreuth Opera House, Frankfurt HR Concert Hall, Chicago Harris Theatre, Royal Festival Stockholm, Beijing Hall of the People, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul Songnam Concert Hall, Mumbai National Center of the Performing Arts and Bangalore Chowdiah Concert Hall i.e. Radio and TV like ARD, ZDF, RAI, CCTV, Indian National TV i.e. have covered his activities. He has conducted numerous orchestras across in Europe, Asia and America (USA, Italy, Sweden, China, South Korea, India and Latin America).   He regularly accompanies renowned and internationally recognized soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Staats- kapelle Berlin and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Guy Braunstein, Lothar Strauß, Christian Funke, Giuliano Sommerhalder and Michael Barenboim). Recent recordings are released by Sony Music and Bayreuth Wagner Festspiele. Maestro Kurt Masur has recommended him vigorously in appreciation of his musical work.   Maestro Michael Koehler was born in the musical city of Dresden, Germany. After spending his early years in Dresden as solo pianist, he studied sound engineering and orchestra conducting in Berlin, Munich and Paris. After his graduation from the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin (class of GMD Prof. Rolf Reuter, Berlin State Opera) he continued his studies with Maestro Sergiu Celibidache in Munich and at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and Munich. He participated in master-classes with Kurt Masur, Gerd Albrecht, Rolf Reuter and at the Yehudi- Menuhin-Academy, Gstaad among others.    Michael Koehler wrote his thesis in musicology at the Humboldt University of Berlin. In 2000 he was conferred the title of Doctor Philosophiae. In 2011 he was appointed Professor and Orchestra Conductor in Seoul. In addition to his performing career, he dedicates a part of his time to teaching. He enjoys sharing his passion in music.   Since 1998, he has been working at the Leipzig University of Music and Drama „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ as Orchestra Conductor. He collaborated with Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, Fabio Luisi and Daniel Harding. Equally at home with theatre, he has conducted several operas (primarily in Germany and Korea), including Carmen, L‘elisir d‘amore and The Meistersinger of Nuremberg by Richard Wagner (directed by August Everding).   As the Artistic Director and Music Director of the Leipzig Philharmonic Orchestra since 2000, he has presented a series of brilliant concerts and the public have been drawn by his imagination and innovativeness.    Since 2007 he is working in close collaboration with the indian violin icon and composer Dr. L. Subramaniam. They have founded the 
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