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You can learn to conduct in a few weeks, but you can never learn to be a conductor.

Otto Klemperer

 

The conductor Jannik Wolters received his first music lessons in kindergarten. Although music played only a subordinate role in his family and popular music was predominantly appreciated, the Christmas Oratorio by Bach sparked his interest at the age of 12. He learned to play piano, violin, took singing lessons and supplemented his instrumental lessons with courses in music theory and ear training. At the age of 15, his passion for the grand form led him to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where he accompanied Axel Kober in the rehearsal of the Ring des Nibelungen. Inspired by his singing in various choirs, Wolters began rehearsing various masses as a musical assistant (including Schubert's German Mass, Rutter Requiem, C.S. Christmas Oratorio). After Wolters completed his music baccalaureate with top marks, he conducted various orchestral formations.

In order to cultivate his musical sense for wind instruments, Wolters took over the musical direction of a wind orchestra, with whom he worked out, among other things, Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture in a very short period of time. As Wolters has developed a strong focus on the European-Romantic repertoire, this was a logical step. Wolters sees constant learning and growth as his central task in life. He took conducting lessons from Prof. Colin Metters and had a guest conductorship at the Berlin Sinfonietta. Following his claim of "modelling of excellence", he studied works by Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner, among others, as part of an ongoing guest conducting position (rehearsal visits) with Christian Thielemann which started at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2022. Wolters was invited from among 634 entries to the LAKE COMO INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING COMPETITION 2022 and conducted at the CALL FOR CONDUCTORS 2023 in Budapest.  In the 2023/24 season, Wolters gained further experience in opera theatre, including assisting Massimo Taddia in the new production of Tosca in Rimini. He was also awarded the 1st prize of the CLASSICAL MUSIC STARS International Competition in the category Conducting.

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