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 courses with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, a festival of contemporary Iranian music with Ensemble United Berlin, and concerts in Spain, Mexico and with the orchestra of the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.
28th March 2018, 8pm
Greek National Radio, Athens
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Bach: Double Concerto for two violins
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Bizet: Carmen Suite No.1
Julius Stern Institut Chamber Orchestra
Underground Youth Orchestra, Athens
8th April 2018, 7.30pm
City Halls, Glasgow
Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus
Rimsky-Koraskov: Scheherazade (1st mvt)
Elgar: Enigma Variations
National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
28th May – 1st June
Course tutor, Aldeburgh Young Musicians
17th June 2018, 7.30pm
Bute Hall, University of Glasgow
Strauss: Four Last Songs
– Soloist: Anush Hovhannisyan
Mahler: Symphony No.1