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“The real highlight is Andreas Spering’s stylish conducting, and the sprightly playing he draws from Le Cercle de l’Harmonie.” Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times
Andreas Spering is one of the leading specialists in historically informed performances. He was strongly influenced by his studies with Gerd Zacher in Essen and his position as harpsichordist with Musica Antiqua Köln and Reinhard Goebel (1990-1994).
Since 1996, Andreas Spering has been Artistic Director of the Brühl Castle Concerts Festival and the Capella Augustina, which he founded. Since 2002, this festival has focused on the works of Joseph Haydn, and Andreas Spering has thus established the first and only annual Haydn festival in Germany.
As an opera conductor, Andreas Spering regularly conducts at many well-known houses such as Gothenberg, Gent, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Sevilla, Hannover and Essen, where he conducted productions such as The Abduction from the Seraglio, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Fidelio, Der Freischütz, Rinaldo and Almira. With the Bayerische Theaterakademie at the Prinzregententheater in Munich he led a new production of Mayr’s Adelasia e Alermano. In France, he has worked at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence where he conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 2010 and was immediately re-invited for performances of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera two years later. During his time as Music Director of the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe, he conducted many of Handel’s operas. This season, Andreas Spering will conduct a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal Operahouse in Copenhagen.
Andreas Spering has collaborated with orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Orchestra Sinfónica de Euskadi, Philharmonie Zuidnederland , Musikkollegium Winterthur, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Kammerorchester Basel, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In Germany, he has worked with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Weimar, Beethovenorchester Bonn and the radio orchestras of Hannover, Leipzig and Munich. This season, Andreas Spering will return to the radio orchestra Cologne, Dresdner Philharmonie, the Beethovenorchester Bonn and will give his debut with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Known for his thoughtful choice of repertoire, Andreas Spering discography includes Handel’s Siroe and Imeneo and the first ever recording of Reichardt’s Erwin and Elmire. In 2005, the recording of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung performed on period instruments (Naxos) received international critical acclaim. The recording of early Haydn cantatas was awarded by the magazine “Le Monde de la Musique.”, Haydn’s seldom performed oratorio Il ritorno de Tobia (Naxos) received the German Recording Award 2008. Both Brahms serenades (cpo) were released in 2008, Haydn’s Applausus was released in 2010. Last season, a recording of Mozart Arias with the Kammerorchester Basel and Sabine Meyer was released by Sony and gained international acclaim.