19th November 2023
Recent and upcoming highlights
London Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin
Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin
Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife
Orquesta de Córdoba
Orquesta de Extremadura
Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
Orchestre de Chambre de Genève
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Young Israel Philharmonic
OFUNAM Mexico City
21st October 2023, 11am
Iris ter Schiphorst: Was wird hier eigentlich gespielt (first performance)
Elnaz Seyedi: Dunst – Als käme alles zurück (performance)
1st November 2023, 8pm
Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie Berlin
Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin
19th November 2023, 7.30pm
After ten years as principal bassoonist at the Komische Oper Berlin, Catherine Larsen-Maguire turned her focus to conducting in 2012, and has since then become a sought-after conductor with orchestras in Europe and South America.
In June 2023 she was named as the first Music Director of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, a position she will hold for an initial three years.
The 2021-22 season and beyond sees debuts with the London Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Orchestre de Chambre Fribourgeois and the Faroese Symphony Orchestra. She will also return to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and the OFUNAM in Mexico City, orchestras with which she is developing closer relationships.
Catherine also has a special interest in contemporary music, and has directed the first performances of numerous works, including Alexander Goehr’s most recent orchestral work, “The Master Said”, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Other ensembles with which Catherine regularly collaborates include Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Ascolta, Klangforum Wien and United Berlin. In September 2021 she made her debut with Ensemble Modern at the Berlin Music Festival, and in April 2022 she conducted a joint project with the Scottish Ensemble, Ensemble Resonanz and the Trondheim Soloists in the Barrowland Ballroom Glasgow.
Placing great emphasis on working with younger musicians, Catherine is very much in demand as a conductor for youth orchestras and in music colleges around the world. As part of the Young Euro Classic Festival, she made her debut in Berlin’s Konzerthaus, returning a year later to conduct a world premiere with the German Youth Ballet; this was followed by a tour of China with the same group. She led the conducting team at the annual Femusc Festival in Brazil for five years, and held a guest professorship in conducting at the University of the Arts, Berlin. She gives regular masterclasses in Germany and abroad and was a jury member for the Besançon Competition for Young Conductors in 2017, 2019 and 2021. Recent and upcoming projects include concerts with the Young Israel Philharmonic and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Manchester and now based in Berlin, Catherine read music at Cambridge University and studied the bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with Klaus Thunemann in Hanover, and at the Karajan Academy in Berlin, playing regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic during this time. Important influences on the development of her conducting career were John Carewe, George Hurst and Vladimir Jurowski, whom she assisted on several occasions early in her career.