Prof. Ruediger Bohn


Born in Lübeck, he studied piano with Günter Ludwig and David Levine and conducting with Volker Wangenheim at the conservatoires in Cologne and Düsseldorf, from which he graduated with distinction. He began his career as a concert pianist. After attending masterclasses with Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, and John Eliot Gardiner, in 1988 he became the chief conductor of the Tübingen Sinfonietta, with which he worked until 1996, also collaborating with Brussels’ Théâtre de la Monnaie, as well as theatres in Basel and Lübeck. In 1997–2007 he was the Artistic Director of the Contemporary Opera in Berlin, where he premiered works by Henze, Kagel, Battistelli, Feldman, Reimann, Hölszky, Martin, Sciarrino, Maxwell Davies, Rihm, and Holliger. At the 2002 Munich Biennale he led the German Youth Orchestra in the premiere of André Werner’s opera Marlowe: Der Jude von Malta. Subsequent invitations brought him to Munich, Vienna (Klangforum Wien) and Dijon (Why Note Festival); he then appeared with Collegium Novum and Neue Musik Berlin, and took part in various festivals: Ultraschall in Berlin, Venice Biennale and, with the European Workshop for Contemporary Music, the Warsaw Autumn Festival. As an orchestral conductor he has worked mainly outside his homeland. He has collaborated with the RAI symphony orchestras in Rome and Turin, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Orchestre Radio-Symphonique du Luxembourg as well as the orchestra and chorus of Teatro Comunale di Bologna. As a guest conductor he appeared with Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik at the Salzburg Festival, and with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. He also regularly conducts ensembles and orchestras in South Korea (Tongyeong International Music Festival, Seoul Philharmonic, and Seongnam Philharmonic) and Japan (Next Mushroom Promotion Ensemble, Takefu Festival). He is regular guest-conductor at the Kobe Chamber Orchestra. Since 2003 he has been the Artistic Director of the European Workshop for Contemporary Music.

In addition to his conducting, Prof. Bohn is a passionate educator. Currently, he is Professor of Conducting at the „Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf“ and is engaged in numerous international masterclasses for conducting in Basel, Leipzig, Weimar, Köln, Brescia, Vilnius, and Satu Mare.

In 2017 he received the Decoration of Honour For Services to the City of Warsaw.