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GREGOR BÜHL
Conductor               

''Gregor Bühl not only led the formidably playing Staatsorchester safely through the depths of this score, but also animated the orchestra to make music that will not soon be forgotten: emphatic, gripping, urgent."

- Frank Armbruster, Stuttgarter Zeitung
Strauss, Bartok, Staatsorchester Stuttgart
 

 

 

''The orchestra und Gregor Bühl played with burning intensity. In the second act Bühl created wonderful soft orchestral colours, especially in the love duett between Tristan and Isolde.''

- Lars Hedblad, Svenska Dagbladet
Tristan, Stockholm

Fidelio act 1

Götterdämmerung Trauermarsch

Musical Discoveries - Walter Braunfels

Gregor Bühl is a distinguished conductor who gained international recognition with his “Ring des Nibelungen” cycle at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm. His interpretation was met with enthusiastic praise from both audiences and critics alike and he went on to conduct many notable performances in there: “Tristan und Isolde”, “Samson et Dalila”, “Werther”, “Figaro” and celebrated new productions of Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” as well as Leonard Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti”. 

 

In recent seasons, Bühl has been a regular guest at prestigious venues including the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, Hamburg State Opera, and Stuttgart State Opera with performances of “Fidelio”, “Madama Butterfly”, “Il Trovatore”, “La Cenerentola”, “Rigoletto”, “Pique Dame”, “L’elisir d’amore”, “Les Contes d’Hoffmann”, and “Tosca”. His long-standing collaboration with the Staatstheater Hannover has seen him conduct several acclaimed new productions, including the German premiere of Manfred Trojahn’s “Orest” and a highly praised staging of Verdi’s “La Traviata”. Additionally, he conducted the world premiere of Stewart Copeland’s opera ‘Electric Saint’ at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar in 2021, which was highly celebrated.

 

Bühl’s impressive discography has included recordings of “Ring des Nibelungen” (Royal Opera House in Stockholm), Walter Braunfels’ orchestral works with the Vienna RSO and Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie (Capriccio label), as well as, American works for clarinet with Sharon Kam and the London Symphony Orchestra. Two of the latter recordings have received the ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’.

His North American debut took place at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto with “Fidelio”, and his South American debut followed at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires with Lehár’s “The Merry Widow”. Bühl has also guest-conducted at the Opéra National de Montpellier, Semperoper Dresden - where he led the rarely performed Strauss adaptation of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” - Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Leipzig Opera, among others.

 

Bühl’s extensive concert engagements have taken him across Germany, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Israel. He has worked with renowned radio symphony orchestras in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Saarbrücken, Hilversum, and Hanover, as well as the Finnish and Danish radio orchestras. His guest conducting has also brought him to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, and Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.

 

Gregor Bühl began his conducting career as an assistant to Gerd Albrecht at the Hamburg State Opera before becoming Principal Conductor at the Staatstheater Hannover in 1995. During his six-year tenure, he conducted a wide-ranging repertoire including both classic German and Italian operas and significant contemporary works.


Bühl started his conducting studies at the Düsseldorf Musikhochschule under Wolfgang Trommer. He further honed his skills through master classes with Ferdinand Leitner, Gary Bertini, and Gerd Albrecht. In 1995, he received the second prize at the Nikolai Malko Conducting Competition in Copenhagen and, in 1993, the Culture Prize of the Berenberg Bank in Hamburg. He has been awarded scholarships from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and DAAD. From 2016-2022, Bühl was a professor at the Oslo Opera Academy.

"Bühl lifts Bruckner to new heights."
Karl Gunnar Ahlén, SvD

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