The emerging German conductor Anja Bihlmaier studied under Scott Sandmeier at the Freiburg Conservatory of Music (Musikhochschule Freiburg) and under Dennis Russell Davies and Jorge Rotter at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Since the 2015/16 season, Anja Bihlmaier holds the position as Deputy Music Director at the Staatstheater Kassel. In her first season she premiered Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, Bellini’s Norma as well as the revivals of Tchaikovksy’s Eugene Onegin, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Puccini’s La Bohème. Further to this, she was both programming and conducting two symphonic concerts. In July 2015 she replaced Patrik Ringborg and conducted Mahler’s The Song of the Earth.
In the 2016/17 season Anja Bihlmaier will conduct the premiers of Verdi’s Luisa Miller and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Staatstheater Kassel. Moreover she will program and lead three symphonic concerts.
Other highlights of the 2016/17 season will include concerts with Gothenburg University Symphony, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Bremer Philharmoniker and the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal. From season 2013/14 until 2014/15 Anja Bilhmaier was Second Kapellmeisterin at the Staatsoper Hannover, were she conducted the premieres of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, Grétry’s Zémire et Azor and revivals of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Bizet’s Carmen. Amongst the highlights of her final season were Massenet’s Werther (named „Best New Production of the Season 2014/2015“) and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. In her current capacity as Guest Conductor at the Staatsoper Hannover, Anja Bihlmaier conducted the opening premiere of the new season 2015/16 – Dvořák’s Rusalka (staging: Dietrich W. Hilsdorf), which was met with much acclaim from the press.
Next to her active practice in opera, Anja Bihlmaier is equally convincing in the symphonic realm. She has successfully performed with orchestras such as the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Ensemble Resonanz, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Mozarteum Salzburg, the Orchestra of Colours in Athens and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie.
After engagements at the theatres in Görlitz, Coburg and the Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim, Bihlmaier went on to the Theater Chemnitz as Second Kapellmeisterin and Assistant to Music Director Frank Beermann, a role she executed from 2010-2013. In this position, she conducted the premieres of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Kálmán’s Countess Maritza, Weill’s The Threepenny Opera; the range of repertoire she presented within these seasons was extensive, including further works like Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Vasco de Gama, Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek’s Benzin, as well as numerous symphonic Sunday Concerts at the Robert Schumann Philharmonie.
Anja Bihlmaier looks back on successful collaborations with the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Sinfonieorchester Münster, the Hofer Symphoniker, the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, the Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Bohuslav Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, the Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the University Manchester. Significant mentors have been and remain: Giordano Bellincampi, Peter Gülke and Klauspeter Seibel. In 2005, Anja Bihlmaier was admitted into the „Dirigentforum des Deutschen Musikrates” (Conducting Forum of the German Music Council). In 2006, she was awarded the 3rd Prize at the International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition for Conductors in Athens, and received a scholarship from the Johannes Brahms Society in Baden Baden.