Artistic Director

Andreas Spering is one of Germany’s leading specialists in historically informed performance practice. In the 2021/22 season, he will conduct the Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg, Orchester des Niedersächischen Staatstheaters Hannover, Beethovenorchester Bonn and Lapland Chamber Orchestra, among others. In December he returns to the Filharmonia Poznanska, who immediately invited him back after his debut in April 2021. Before that, he gives his debut with Brussels Philharmonic in November 2021 conducting Fauré’s Requiem.

Opera productions have taken him to Antwerp, Essen, Gothenburg, Hanover, Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Nantes, Nuremberg, Rouen, Seville and Strasbourg, among others, where he has conducted mainly the great Mozart operas, as well as Beethoven’s “Fidelio” and Weber’s “Freischütz”. At the Aix-en-Provence Festival he gave guest performances of “Don Giovanni” and “La finta giardiniera”. In Brussels and Amsterdam he conducted Pierre Audi’s production of „And you must suffer“ and he directed Wagner’s „Rheingold“ at the Kulturwald Festival.

On the concert platform, Andreas Spering works with orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Staatskapelle Weimar and the radio orchestras in Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig, Saarbrücken and Munich

Recent highlights include his return to the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, his debut with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a new production of “Le nozze di Figaro” at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy and a new production of “La finta giardiniera” at the Nationaltheater Weimar.

He was influenced by his studies with Gerd Zacher in Essen and by Reinhard Goebel’s ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln, of which he was a member as harpsichordist for several years.

His great passion is the Viennese Classical period, especially Joseph Haydn. As artistic director of the Brühl Castle Concerts, he established the first and only Haydn Festival in Germany. There he conducted over 60 symphonies, the great oratorios and eight operas by this composer. The work of Handel has also played an important role in his career: for many years he was Musical Director of the Händelfestspiele Karlsruhe, where he conducted numerous productions. For the festival’s 40th anniversary, he returned with a celebrated production of „Alcina“ . He is also a welcome guest at the Händelfestspiele Halle.

His discography includes several award winning recordings. His recording of Haydn’s early cantatas (harmonia mundi), for example, received an award from “Le Monde de La Musique”. His recording of Haydn’s “Il ritorno di Tobia” (Naxos) received the “Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”. A Mozart CD with Sabine Meyer and the Basel Chamber Orchestra (Sony) received great critical acclaim.

Andreas Spering lives in Cologne with his family and two dogs