BBC Radio 3 broadcasts concert with Omer Meir Wellber (December 2018)

On 18 December, you can listen on air to Omer Meir Wellber’s first concert with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra from Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, which took place on 6 October 2018. The concert will be aired on BBC Radio 3 at 14.00 (GMT). You can listen here to the livestream of the radio channel online.

In July 2019, Omer Meir Wellber will be Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Omer Meir Wellber in Stockholm (December 2018)

Omer Meir Wellber is currently conducting the Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester in the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm. At the concerts on 13 and 15 December, pianist Jonathan Biss plays two piano concertos by Beethoven and Sally Beamish. Furthermore, Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben” is presented.

Find information about the concerts here.

Omer Meir Wellber’s debut at the MET (October 2018)

Omer Meir Wellber will conduct performances of Bizet’s Carmen from 30 October at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  With those he will give his debut at the MET.

Find here further information on those performances.

Omer Meir Wellber’s debut at the MET (October 2018)

Omer Meir Wellber has recently arrived in New York, where he will conduct performances of Bizet’s Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera from 30 October.  With those he will give his debut at the MET.

Find here further information on those performances.

 

Omer Meir Wellber appointed new Chief Conductor of BBC Philharmonic (October 2018)

Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber has been appointed as the BBC Philharmonic’s new Chief Conductor. He takes up the post in September 2019 and his initial contract is for four years.

Omer Meir Wellber, 36, will conduct the orchestra in its concert series at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester as well as at the BBC Proms in London and on international tours. All the concerts are recorded or broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. He will also give concerts around the North and beyond including in Leeds, Stoke on Trent and Nottingham.

His first appearance at the helm of the BBC Philharmonic will also be his debut at the 2019 season of the BBC Proms in London, and his first Manchester concert as Chief Conductor will be in September 2019.

Commenting on the appointment Simon Webb, General Manager of the BBC Philharmonic says: “Having seen Omer conducting a number of orchestras over the last year I have been fortunate to have experienced his brilliance first hand in a wide range of repertoire. His immediate connection with the BBC Philharmonic was evident in his first concert and we are now delighted to have secured one of the most sought after young conductors of his generation.”

Omer Meir Wellber adds: “I first worked with the BBC Philharmonic in March and knew straight away that they were a very special group of people and exceptional musicians. Manchester and the whole region is an incredibly rich area culturally, so I can hardly wait to start planning seasons to come.”

The BBC Philharmonic is one of the UK’s finest orchestras. It performs its main concert series at the prestigious Bridgewater Hall in Manchester as well as giving live, free concerts in its own international standard recording studio at MediaCityUK in Salford as part of the BBC’s Northern headquarters.

 

Omer Meir Wellber’s debut at the Lucerne Festival (September 2018)

On Saturday, 15 September, Omer Meir Wellber will give his debut at the Lucerne Festival – together with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra he will give concerts in Lucerne, as well as at the Dortmund Concert House and Birmingham.

Find here an overview of the concerts with the CBSO:

12 September
Birmingham
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Bartok: Violin concerto No. 1
Dvorak: Ouverture “Otello”
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “Symphony of the new world”
Gidon Kremer – Violin

13 September
Birmingham
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Dvorak: Ouverture “Otello”
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “Symphony of the new world”
    
Jan Lisiecki – Piano

15 September
Luzern, KKL Luzern Konzertsaal     Lucerne Festival
s. 12 September

16 September
Dortmund, Konzerthaus
s. 13 September

Omer Meir Wellber becomes Music Director of Teatro Massimo in Palermo from January 2020 (July 2018)

July 27th 2018. From January 2020 the conductor Omer Meir Wellber will be Music Director of the Fondazione Teatro Massimo in Palermo. The agreement was signed last night by Omer Meir Wellber, Francesco Giambrone (Sovrintendente of the Teatro Massimo) and Leoluca Orlando (President of the Fondazione and Mayor of Palermo). At the same time, the outgoing Music Director Gabriele Ferro was officially given the title of Honorary Conductor.

You can download photos of this meeting here.

Leoluca Orlando, Gabriele Ferro, Omer Meir Wellber, Francesco Giambrone (c) Irmgard Brand

 

Sovrintendente Francesco Giambrone:

“I am very excited to have won the outstanding conductor Omer Meir Wellber for our theatre. The new Music Director has the responsible task and challenge to give the house an international dimension and to build as a team a high-quality theater, curious and innovative. Omer Meir Wellber will enrich us with his international experiences and his personality. I have already started planning some very important projects together with him.”

 

Omer Meir Wellber about his new position:

“I am very happy to become a part of the Teatro Massimo family. This has been a great friendship that began almost ten years ago, and I look forward to taking this theatre into the third decade of the 21st century. As music is an art that exists only in the present, it forces us to breathe and to think together. The combination of personalities, experiences and creative minds is the magic of theatre. I know that the bigger the role music plays in a city’s life, the bigger the cultural happiness will be – Palermo is a city of culture and of multi cultures from ancient times to today, and as such it is in my view the ideal stage for creativity, beauty and perfection.”

 

Omer Meir Wellber is currently conducting Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes at the Bavarian State Opera during the Munich Opera Festival (final performance on July 29). His tenure as Principal Guest Conductor at the Semperoper Dresden begins in September 2018.