The Critical Orchestra®
Workshop for interactive conducting | Founded by Prof. Christhard Gössling based on an idea by Klaus Harnisch
The Critical Orchestra / Das Kritische Orchester® unites members of well-known orchestras, who gather on a voluntary basis to offer young junior conductors a globally unique teaching situation. It is the musicians themselves who give the feedback and suggestions to the conductors during the rehearsals.
The Critical Orchestra® 2024 will take place from 14th to 17th March 2024 at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy, Neuer Marstall, Schloßplatz 7, 10178 Berlin.
Each of the three rehearsal days will be spent working on a symphony.
1st Round: Richard Strauss: Fröhliche Werkstatt, op. 7 (Sonatine Nr. 2 Es-Dur)
2nd Round: Leos Janacek: String Serenade op. 6 (Es-Dur)
3rd Round: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Schottisch Sinfonie op. 56 (Nr. 3 in a-moll)
This interactive workshop enriches the traditional forms of further training for conductors with an artistic exchange between conductor and musician that is not common in everyday orchestral life. The young talents thus benefit from the experience of the musicians from orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR-Elbphilharmonie-Orchester, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Niedersächsisches Staatsopernorchester, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and others.
The Critical Orchestra® works and decides artistically autonomously. Prof. Lothar Strauß is the artistic director of the project.
Among the participants of past workshops were Patrick Lange, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, David Afkham and Kristiina Poska.
The Forum Dirigieren has been running this project in cooperation with the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin since 2016. It is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Lothar Strauss is one of the leading German concert masters. Born as the son of a composer and a singer, he already began playing the violin at the age of five at Berlin’s Special Music School. Owing to his great talent, he was admitted to the master class of Prof. W. Scholz at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin at the age of 14, and in the following years he won several awards at international competitions. The Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin even elected the 22-year-old as its first concert master when he was still enrolled as a student.
Johannes Wildner studied conducting, violin and musicology in Vienna and Italy and is today one of the leading Austrian conductors of his generation. His time as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra had a lasting influence on his conducting style and music-making.