Dominik Beykirch

The 31-year-old conductor Dominik Beykirch has been shaping the artistic profile of the Deutsches Nationaltheater (DNT) and the Staatskapelle Weimar as Chief Conductor Music Theatre since the 2020/2021 season. He joined the tradition-steeped house as 2nd Kapellmeister back in 2015 and has been engaged there as 1st Coordinated Kapellmeister since the 2018/2019 season.
In the 2019/2020 season, Dominik Beykirch celebrated great success at the house with the opera "Lanzelot" by Paul Dessau, which was performed for the first time in 40 years. Opernwelt named the production directed by Peter Konwitschny "Rediscovery of the Year" and at the same time nominated Dominik Beykirch as "Conductor of the Year". The political opera was also named "Best Rediscovery" by the international Oper!Awards. Furthermore, the elaborate production of "Ariadne auf Naxos" (directed by Martin G. Berger), whose musical direction the young conductor also held, was awarded the FAUST Prize 2020.
His musical direction of new productions such as Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Leonard Bernstein's Candide and Gioachino Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri (director: Tobias Kratzer) or, more recently, Verdi's Aida (director: Andrea Moses) also met with great response from audiences and the specialist press.
In the second half of the 2021/2022 season, Dominik Beykirch will devote himself to two very special projects, Luciano Berio's Recital for Cathy and the excavation of Anton Schweitzer's Singspiel Aurora. He can also be heard in numerous concerts, for example at the Konzertnacht OpenAir, as a guest at the Kölner Philharmonie or with the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt.
As a guest conductor, Dominik Beykirch has already worked with numerous renowned orchestras, such as the symphony orchestras of the HR, MDR, WDR and SWR, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Duisburg Philharmonic, the Jena Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Halle, the Bremen Philharmonic, the Philharmonie Zuidnederland (Netherlands), the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, the Philharmonisches Orchester Altenburg-Gera, the Bergische Symphoniker, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt, the Hofer Symphoniker, the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester and the Folkwang-Kammerorchester Essen. He has also been a guest conductor at the Staatstheater Kassel and conducted numerous performances at the Staatsoperette Dresden. He has also conducted important rehearsals for Markus Poschner, Andres Orozco-Estrada and Christoph Eschenbach, among others, and worked with soloists such as Jens Peter Maintz, Claudio Bohórquez, Danjulo Ishizaka, Jakob Spahn, Sebastian Manz, Wen-Sinn Yang, Nemanja Radulovic, Harriet Krijgh, Michael Barenboim and Jan Vogler.
Most recently, the album Clarinet Concertos was released on the Berlin Classics label, on which clarinettist Sebastian Manz interprets the Clarinet Concerto by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, composed in 1928, together with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken under the direction of Dominik Beykirch. Dominik Beykirch also recorded Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with the Dresden Philharmonic for Berlin Classics (narrator: Malte Arkona).
His numerous awards include 2nd prize at the German Conducting Award 2017, endowed with 10,000 euros, first prize at the 6th German University Competition for Orchestral Conducting, as well as sponsorship prizes from the publishing houses Bärenreiter and Breitkopf & Härtel, the Ernst von Schuch Prize and the Rudolf Bräuer Scholarship "for exceptional artistic achievements". Dominik
Beykirch was a scholarship holder in the Conductors' Forum of the German Music Council and was on the artist list "Maestros of Tomorrow" from 2016 to 2019. He is also an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation and a consultant for choral symphonies at Werkgemeinschaft Musik e.V.. In the 2013/14 season, the young conductor was Michael Sanderling's assistant at the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Hermann Hildebrandt Scholarship.
Dominik Beykirch completed his musical training at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in the conducting class of Prof. Nicolás Pasquet, Prof. Gunter Kahlert and Martin Hoff in Weimar. At the same time, he received enriching artistic impulses from numerous master classes with Bernard Haitink, Colin Metters, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Ton Koopman, among others. He now passes on his knowledge as a lecturer for the German Music Council and as part of a teaching assignment at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig.