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Titus Engel’s debut at Teatro Real Madrid with the premiere of Pilar Jurado’s La página en blanco in February 2011 was highly praised by the press. The Süddeutsche Zeitung proclaimed it “superb” and La Razón wrote: “The Swiss conductor Titus Engel led the orchestra amazingly. He knew the work back and forth and achieved an excellent reaction from the orchestra.”
Born in Zurich in 1975, Titus Engel currently resides in Berlin. After studying musicology and philosophy he began studies in conducting with Christian Kluttig at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden. Sponsorships from the Dirigentenforum of the Deutscher Musikrat (2002 to 2005) and a fellowship with David Zinman’s American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Summer Music Festival in 2003 supported his musical career. As assistant to Sylvain Cambreling, Marc Albrecht and Peter Rundel, he acquired a broad orchestral repertoire.
Titus Engel has since conducted numerous renowned orchestras such as the Orchestre de l`Opéra de Paris, the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Stuttgart State Orchestra, the WDR-Rundfunkorchester, the WDR-Sinfonieorchester, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Basel Chamber Orchestra. As a guest conductor he regularly works with leading ensembles for contemporary music, such as Ensemble Modern, Ensemble musikFabrik, Ensemble Recherche, the Collegium Novum Zürich and the Klangforum Wien among others. He was musical director of courage-Dresdner Ensemble for Contemporary Music from 2000 to 2012.
The search for new concert forms and the dramaturgically meaningful fusion of old and new music are central to his career. Besides symphonic repertoire of the 19th and 20th century, he has a deep passion for baroque music performances on historical as well as on modern instruments. The results have been shown in projects such as Affektheischerei at the zeitfenster-Biennale Alter Musik of the Konzerthaus Berlin in 2010, or Im Sog der Klänge, in which choir music of the 17th century is combined with world premieres. The project was performed at the NDR in Hamburg and at Klangspuren Schwaz in 2009 and at the Herrenhäuser Festwochen in Hanover in 2010 among other venues.
He made his opera debut with the premiere of Benjamin Schweitzer’s Jakob von Gunten at the Dresdner Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik in 2000. Since then, he conducted Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Weber’s Freischütz, Wagner’s Fliegender Holländer, Krenek’s Dunkle Wasser and premieres (Sergej Newski, Leo Dick, Elena Mendoza, Olga Neuwirth) at the Stuttgart State Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Ruhrtriennale, the Radialsystem Berlin and the Berliner Festspiele.
After successfully ending the season 2012/13 with appearances at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals, Titus Engel will make his debuts with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the new season 2013/14. Furthermore, he will conduct a new production of Telemann’s Orpheus at the Oper Frankfurt. At Teatro Real Madrid, where he is a regular guest upon invitation of Gerard Mortier following the success of La página en blanco, he will lead the premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s opera Brokeback Mountain.
Titus Engel has produced various works for radio, TV and on CD. In cooperation with ZDF-ARTE television he published a number of debut recordings of historical and contemporary silent movie music. He is founder of the Akademie Musiktheater Heute and the Ligerzer Opernwerkstatt as well as editor of several books on today’s opera.