Felix Mildenberger is the first conductor to be awarded the “Prix Young Artist of the Year” from the Rupert-Gabler-Stiftung at this year’s Festival der Nationen.
Sensitive, versatile, and highly musical – these are just some of the characteristics that distinguish Felix Mildenberger as a conductor. Orchestras appreciate the deep seriousness of his approach to music and his great musicality, combined with his gentlemanlikeness. This includes the London Symphony Orchestra, where Felix Mildenberger has been Assistant Conductor since winning the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition in 2018. In this position, he has worked with Sir Simon Rattle, François Xavier Roth, Gianandrea Noseda, Michael Tilson Thomas and others, also conducting concerts himself. The year before, he was second prizewinner at the 12th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition in Spain. Both are amongst the most renowned competitions for young conductors. He has been a scholarship holder of the Akademie Musiktheater heute of the Deutsche Bank Foundation from 2017-2019 and of the German Music Council’s Dirigentenforum since 2017. Before assuming the position as Assistant Conductor of Paavo Järvi at the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, he assisted Emmanuel Krivine at the Orchestre National de France in Paris for two years. Felix Mildenberger is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sinfonieorchester Crescendo Freiburg, which he co-founded in 2014.
Highlights of the 2020/21 season include his debuts with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, SWR Symphonieorchester, and Musikkollegium Winterthur, as well as the New Year’s Concert with hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt. He will also conduct the Aarhus Symfoniorkester, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Opéra National de Lorraine, Orchestra Leonore Pistoia, and Real Filharmonia de Galicia for the first time. Moreover, he will return to the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Belgrad Philharmonic, Filarmonica Teatro Regio Torino and Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. He will also work with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and assist Jukka-Pekka Saraste for a new production of Aribert Reimann’s Lear at the Bavarian State Opera.
He already works with many orchestras on a national and international level. These include the Orchestre National de France, London Symphony Orchestra, Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Bremer Philharmoniker, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and others. Previous engagements took him to the Orchestre National de Lille, Ensemble Modern and Salzburger Mozartwoche. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra invited him as Cover Conductor twice, for Bernard Haitink and Mariss Jansons.
Felix Mildenberger was an assistant for opera productions at the Aspen Opera Center and the Académie Lyrique in Rochefort and conducted concerts at the Impuls Festival for New Music. He was a Conducting Fellow of the Aspen Music Festival in 2016 and 2017, where he studied with Robert Spano, Markus Stenz, Hugh Wolff, Michael Stern, Patrick Summers, Larry Rachleff, Johannes Debus und Federico Cortese, and was also awarded the Robert Spano Conductor Prize.
Born in Germany in 1990, Felix Mildenberger received his first musical education in violin, viola and piano, and subsequently studied conducting in Freiburg and Vienna from 2011 to 2015. His teachers include Prof. Lutz Koehler, Prof. Mark Stringer, Gerhard Markson, Prof. Scott Sandmeier, Massimiliano Matesic and Alexander Burda. In addition, he participated in masterclasses of Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, David Zinman, Neeme Järvi, Leonid Grin, Prof. Johannes Schlaefli and Prof. Nicolás Pasquet. In the course of his Dirigentenforum scholarship he worked with John Carewe, Gabriel Feltz, Marko Letonja and Marc Piollet. From 2015 to 2017, he was a lecturer for orchestral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, and did a masterclass for young conductors at Mozarteum University during Salzburger Mozartwoche 2020.