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Since 2015 Wouter Padberg is working as First Kapellmeister of Theater Trier and the Philharmonisches Orchester Trier. He conducted performances of Tosca, Die Ausflüge des Herrn Broucek (Janacek), Fidelio, Die Großherzogin von Gerolstein (Offenbach), Midsummer Nights Dream (Britten) and Im weissen Rössl. Apart from the operatic activities Padberg conducted symphony concerts (Beethoven 9, Brahms 1st Piano Concerto, Enigma Variations), concerts devoted to 18th century symphonic works, family concerts and a symphonic ballet production with commissioned work by Susan Oswell.


Between 2013 and 2015 Wouter Padberg was Assistant Conductor of Karel Mark Chichon and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern. He stepped for rehearsals and assisted during recording of the complete symphonies by Dvorak. From 2011 and 2013, Padberg was Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio Chamber Orchestra. Besides assisting and rehearsing he had the opportunity to perform with both orchestras in concert, conducting a family concert of Peer Gynt by Grieg in the Concertgebouw and Haydn Symphony No. 49 La Passione. During this period he was able to work with many conductors on a great variety of repertoire. Of special importance were the cooperations with Frans Brüggen, Sir Mark Elder and Vladimir Jurowski.


During this time Wouter Padberg continued his activities as opera conductor. In 2013 he conducted performances of La Boheme in Amsterdam in an internationally acclaimed production by stage director Lotte de Beer. In 2012 he conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the Australian premiere of the contemporary opera After Life by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa. Other productions include La Cenerentola, Candide and Häuptling Abendwind by Offenbach.


Prior to this, Wouter has been working regularly as Assistant Conductor at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and the Dutch Touring Opera and took part in productions like Salome, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Don Giovanni, Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Lucia di Lammermoor, Suor Angelica, Madama Butterfly and Tristan und Isolde.


As a guest conductor in the symphonic repertoire, Wouter Padberg has appeared in the Netherlands with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in the Concertgebouw, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Limburg and Arnhem Philharmonic as well as with new music ensembles such as Nieuw Ensemble and Asko-Schönberg Ensemble.


Wouter Padberg studied piano and conducting at the Conservatory of Rotterdam. After his studies Wouter had important artistic input from conductors like Kurt Masur, Vassily Sinaisky, Frans Brüggen, Vladimir Jurowski and Bernard Haitink. In 2008 Wouter Padberg was awarded the Kersjes Prize, a Dutch prize for young talented conductors.


Future engagements include a re-invitation of the Deutsche Radio Philharmie Saarbrücken Kaiserlautern in February 2017 (Elgar and Wagenaar), symphonic concert on 8 December 2016 (Nielsen, Beethoven, Sibelius) with the Philharmonisches Orchester Trier.


(Autumn 2016)

2010 - present

2010 - present

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