Conductor | Composer
Conductor | Composer
02.09.2023, 19 Uhr
Gustav Holst: Saint-Paul’s Suite
Victor Herbert: Serenade op. 24
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester in C-Dur K.467
in der historischen Fassung für Klavier und Streicher von Ignaz Lachner
Gerlint Böttcher, Klavier
Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim
Aurélien Bello was born in France in 1980 and initially studied music theory, harp and orchestration at the CNSMD in Lyon. This was followed by conducting studies at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music with Prof. Hans-Dieter Baum. He was sponsored by the Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates and was a scholarship holder of the Academy “Musiktheater heute” of the Deutsche Bank Foundation. As a harpist, he has played with renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, under conductors such as Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Tugan Sokhiev and Gustavo Dudamel.
Through the mediation of Claudio Abbado, who met him as a harpist with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Aurélien Bello was able to make his conducting debut in Venezuela in 2005 with various orchestras of the Sistema Network. Since then he has conducted many well-known ensembles, including the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Konzerhausorchester Berlin, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. He is closely associated with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, with the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim and with the Thüringen Philharmonie. Opera productions have taken him to the Komische Oper Berlin, the Baden-Baden Festival, Bielefeld, Gelsenkirchen, Schwerin and Rheinsberg, among others.
Since summer 2022 Aurélien Bello has been artistic director of the symphony orchestra of the Bach Music High School in Berlin and regularly performs at the Philharmonie Berlin and other major concert halls. 2015 – 2022 he was artistic director of the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Berlin, the ensemble of the Young Friends of the Berlin Philharmonic; a highlight of this collaboration was the 2019 concerts of G. Mahler’s “Lied von der Erde” in Berlin in Wiesbaden, based on an idea by Sarah van der Kemp.
Since 2013, Aurélien Bello has also increasingly devoted himself to orchestration and composition. For the Berliner Philharmoniker he arranged “Der kleine Rosenkavalier” by R. Strauss (2015), “La Boîte à Joujoux” by Debussy (2016), as well as a “Hommage à Sir Simon Rattle” for his farewell (2018). In 2014, he reduced Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” to 50 musicians and 100 minutes for the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin.
The orchestral composition “A Brief History of Time” after Stephen Hawking was premiered in January 2018 at the Philharmonie Berlin. In 2017 and 2018 he composed two operas for the Rheinsberg Music Academy as a commission from the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, and in March 2019 his children’s opera “Der kleine und Otello” based on motifs by Verdi and a libretto by Tina Hartmann was premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic. Due to the pandemic, further works have been created in 2020 and 2021, which will be premiered and recorded with the help of Neustart-Kultur.