Roger Epple

Dirigent | Conductor

"Straight from the lovely Allgäu to the thriving global music metropolises around the world"

… this very aptly encapsulates the path of German conductor Roger Epple.

With his broad repertoire, ranging from classical concert and opera to contemporary and crossover genres of classical music, his analytical capabilities and musical intelligence, he is an appreciated conductor to acclaimed top-notch orchestras all over Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Roger Epple

For many years now, Roger Epple has been inspired by the music of Gustav Mahler, driving him to continuously explore, rethink and interpret Mahlers’ work through which he has gained an exceptional expertise for the composers’ work.

The result was an interpretation in which one could notice the conductor’s familiarity with Mahler’s specific tonal vocabulary, characteristic spirit and with the vast dimensions of Mahler’s mighty movements.

Mahler’s 9th symphony
(Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung)

In close collaboration with important contemporary composers, Roger Epple has been contributing towards numerous world premieres and recordings.

He has also repeatedly committed himself to the rediscovery of forgotten and formerly proscribed composers, for which he has received several awards.

As principal conductor, music director and welcome guest conductor of about a hundred orchestras worldwide, he can refer to an extensive repertoire in both the symphonic and opera field, including over one hundred opera productions alone.

With the superbly featured Saarland State Orchestra, Roger Epple brilliantly demonstrated the complexity of Strauss’ composition. He skillfully approached the work with profound analysis, thereby achieving transparent, lucid contours and truly magical timbres.

Premiere of the Rosenkavalier
(opera glass magazine)

“I consider Roger Epple a highly sensitive, deeply aware young artist whose talent is rooted in his giftedness, decency and musical intelligence.”

Hans Werner Henze

Biography

Roger Epple has been acknowledged as one of the most distinguished German conductors of his generation. Following permanent conducting posts at the Leipzig Opera House as well as the Mannheim National Theatre, he for many years has been holding the position of the Music Director at the Halle Opera House and the Oldenburg State Theatre. 

He has conducted more than one hundred renowned orchestras in Asia, North America, Central America, South America and Europe including the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, Leipzig, and the SWR, the Orchestre National de Belgique in Brussels, the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan as well as most of the German state orchestras and many outstanding special ensembles such as Concerto Köln and Ensemble Modern.

As a guest conductor he has been working at the Berlin State Opera (Ariadne on Naxos), the Hamburg State Opera (Fidelio), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (The Magic Flute), Paris (Elegy for Young Lovers), the Leipzig Opera (Cosí fan tutte), the Graz Opera House (Enrico), the National Theatre in Munich (Kassandra), the Aalto Theatre in Essen (Rake’s Progress), the Stuttgart State Opera (Wozzek), the Cologne Opera (The Cunning Little Vixen), not to mention the many music festivals he was booked for at the cities of Lucerne, Florence, Verona, Dresden, Strasbourg or Munich.

To date, he has led about one hundred classical music productions, while on the symphonic concert stage having established himself, among other things, as a proven specialist in the symphonies of Gustav Mahler.

The Echo Classic and BMW Music Theatre Award winner has recorded numerous CDs for labels such as Sony Classical, Teldec, Wergo, Capriccio and CPO.

More than forty world premieres by composers from all over the world attest to his interest in contemporary classical music. Beyond that, he has also repeatedly committed to the rediscovery of compositions banned during National Socialism, having conducted the world premieres of pieces by Egon Wellesz, Berthold Goldschmidt or Paul Dessau.

 

Discography

Egon Wellesz

Egon Wellesz:

Konzert für Klavier und Orchester, op.49;
Konzert für Violine und Orchester, op. 84;
Margarete Babinsky, Klavier; David Frühwirth, Violine
Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin
Capriccio 5027

Paul Dessau

Paul Dessau:

Symphony No. 2;
Les Voix, für Sopran, Klavier und Orchester
In Memoriam Bertolt Brecht, für Orchester
Examen et poème de Verlaine, für Sopran, Alt und Orchester
Danse et Chanson, für Gesang und Ensemble
Sinfonie in einem Satz
Ksenja Lukic, Sopran; Manuela Press, Mezzosopran, Holger Groschopp, Klavier
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Capriccio 5019

Egon Wellesz

Egon Wellesz:

Sinfonische Werke und Orchesterlieder Deutsches Sinfonie
Orchester Berlin
Sophie Koch, Regina Klepper
CAPRICCIO digital 67077

"Lost Objects"

David Lang / Michael Gordon / Julia Wolfe:
Concerto Köln/ Bang on a can ensemble(New York)
RIAS - Kammerchor, Claudia Barainsky, Daniel Taylor, Andrew Watts, DJ Spooky (N.Y.)
TELDEC 8573-84107-2

Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith:

Symphony in B-flat
E. Krenek: Dream Sequence, op.224
E. Toch: Spiel,op.39
P.Hindemith: Konzertmusik, op.41; u.a.
Deutsches Symphonie-orchester Berlin
WERGO 6641 2

Faust-Symphonie

Franz Liszt:

Eine Faust - Sinfonie
Niels Giesecke Chor und Extrachor des Opernhaues, der Kirchenmusikhochschule und Jugendchores Halle
Orchester des Opernhauses Halle
Edition Opernhaus Halle

Klazz-Brothers and Cuba Percussion:

Versch. Komponisten - Münchener Rundfunkorchester
SONY Classical 519136 2

Wachsfigurenkabinett

Karl Amadeus Hartmann:

Wachsfigurenkabinett
(Fünf kleine Opern - Ersteinspielung) ausgezeichnet u.a.mit dem ECHO KLASSIK 2002
Mitglieder des Deutschen Sinfonieorchesters Berlin Breedt, Barainsky, Harper, u.v.m
WERGO 6640 2

Best of Klassik

Best of Klassik 2002:

daraus: Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Wachsfigurenkabinett
Mitglieder des Deutschen Sinfonie-Orchesters Berlin
SONY Classical 5094512000

Siegfried Wagner:

Sonnenflammen - große romantische Oper
Mit Roman Trekel, Michaela Schuster, Eva Batori, Ulrike Schneider, u.v.m.
CPO 777097-2

Bela Bartok:

Herzog Blaubarts Burg
Mit Anna-Katharina Behnke und Ulrich Studer
Orchester des Opernhauses Halle
Edition Opernhaus Halle

Andere Welten

50 Jahre Neue Musik in NRW
daraus: Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Metamorphose (1954)
Musikfabrik NRW Koch Schwann 3-5037-4

Josef Schelb:

CD-Portrait
Baßklarinettenkonzert (1930)
Mitglieder des SWF-Sinfonieorchesters Antes
BM-CD 31.9080

Atterberg

Kurt Magnus Atterberg:

Värmlansrhapsodie, Violinkonzert und Konzertouvertüre op.4
Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin- U.Wallin, Violine
cpo 777 106-2

Musikalische Komödien

Musik in Deutschland 1950-2000

daraus: Detlev Glanert: Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung
Opernhaus Halle RCA Red Seal

Verbotene Klänge

Verbotene Klänge - Komponisten im Exil

daraus: Egon Wellesz: Symphonischer Epilog, op.108
Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin
Capriccio 4674575

Contact

To contact Roger Epple

please write to

kontakt@rogerepple.com