biography


Roger Epple . Dirigent

Roger Epple is one of the most outstanding German conductors of the younger generation. At the age of 29, he was invited to conduct contemporary music production at the Bayerische Staatsoper. In 1990 he won the BMW-Music Theatre Prize for best musical direction at the Munich Biennale which marked the the beginning of his opera career. In the same year he was appointed Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Opera and four years later First Kapellmeister of the Mannheim Opera (Nationaltheater).

In 1996 he became one of the youngest music directors of an European opera house at the Opernhaus Halle, leading the most higly respected orchestra of the state of Sachsen-Anhalt. To date he has conducted over 50 operas for, among others, Staatsoper Berlin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Staatsoper Hamburg (Fidelio), Oper Köln (Cunning Vixen), Peralada Festival/Barcelona (Elektra), Graz Opera (Enrico), Aalto-Opera (The Rake's progress), San Sebastian Festival (Ariadne auf Naxos), Lucerne Festival (Eine Winterreise), Deutsche Oper Berlin (The Magic Flute), Staatsoper Stuttgart (Wozzeck), Bayerische Staatsoper (Kassandra), Leipzig Opera (Trovatore, Cosi´fan tutte, Magic Flute, Jonny spielt auf,...) and Paris- Radio France( Elegy for young Lovers).

Moreover he has conducted numerous concerts in such renowned venues as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin's Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Dublin's National Concert Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Sala Sao Paolo, Buffalo Music Hall, Palais des Beauxs Arts Brussels.
Roger Epple has worked with more than 60 professional Orchestras including the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre National de Belgique, The Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Gürzenich Orchester Köln, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Zagreb Philharmonic, Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin, Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Radio Symphony, the Munich Radio Orchestra and most of the German State-Orchestras.


Many composers have written for him. He has conducted over 40 World premieres. His discography includes several recordings for Sony Classical, Teldec, CPO, Wergo and Capriccio. His CD of Hartmann's "Wachsfigurenkabinett" was awarded the Echo Klassik 2002.