15th – 16th Sept 2020
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 numerous works. Becoming increasingly well-known as a teacher of conducting, she was guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin, is a member of the jury for the Besançon conducting competition, and regularly gives masterclasses in Germany and abroad.
Recent highlights included debuts with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, Klangforum Wien, OFUNAM in Mexico City, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Colburn Orchestra in Los Angeles, 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. Future projects include concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, concerts and recordings with the Slovenian Radio Orchestra, several projects with Ensemble united berlin, and concerts in Brazil, Spain, China, Mexico and the USA.