Catherine Larsen-Maguire was born in Manchester and is now based in Berlin. After ten years as principal bassoonist at the Komische Oper Berlin, where she also directed concerts and operatic performances, she began to concentrate exclusively on conducting in 2012.
Catherine Larsen-Maguire’s repertoire ranges from the baroque to the 21st century; she has a special interest in contemporary music and has directed the first performances of several works. She made her operatic debut at the Komische Oper in 2009, conducting the German premiere of Elisabeth Naske’s „Die Rote Zora“. The production was revived in 2011 and is available on DVD.
Highlights in 2017/18 included debuts with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, the Slovenian Radio Orchestra, Klangforum Wien, OFUNAM in Mexico City, the Yun Ensemble in South Korea and at the Buzzards Bay festival in Massachussetts, as well as returning to the Sunflower Music Festival in Kansas. She was a member of the jury for the prestigious Besançon Competition for Young Conductors 2017, und will be active in the same capacity in 2019. Future projects include a film music recording in Berlin, concerts and recordings with the Slovenian Radio Orchestra, several projects with Ensemble united berlin, and concerts in Mexico, China, at the Ruhrtriennale Festival in Germany, and in Scotland, Brazil, Spain and the USA.
CD recording (Deutsche Grammophone)
Christoph Israel‘s “Ein Wintermärchen”
with The Swonderful Orchestra
12th – 17th August 2019
Querétaro Festival, Mexico
Masterclasses and concerts
4th and 5th September 2019, 8pm
Ruhrtriennale, Maschinenhaus Essen
Gordon Kampe: Gefährliche Operette
15th – 22nd September 2019
Jury member, Besançon Competition for
Young Conductors (final round)