Catherine Larsen-Maguire (conductor)

Catherine Larsen-Maguire was born in Manchester, England, and is now based in Berlin. After ten years as principal bassoonist at the KomischeOper Berlin, where she also directed concerts and operatic performances, she began to concentrate exclusively on conducting in 2012.

Catherine Larsen-Maguire’s repertoire ranges from the baroque to the 21st century; she has a special interest in contemporary music and has directed the first performances of several works. She has conducted numerous orchestras and ensembles throughout Europe, and held a guest professorship in conducting at the University of the Arts, Berlin.

Larsen-Maguire also places great emphasis on working with younger musicians, and is very much in demand as a conductor and coach for youth orchestras and summer festivals all round the world. She has been professor of conducting at the Femusc festival in Brazil since 2013.

In 2017 she will debut with the Slovenian Radio Orchestra, Klangforum Wien, the Yun Ensemble in South Korea, OFUNAM in Mexico City and at the Buzzards Bay (USA) festival, as well as returning to the Sunflower Music Festival in Kansas.

Catherine Larsen-Maguire read music at Cambridge University, before studying the bassoon with Klaus Thunemann in Hanover, and at the Karajan Academy in Berlin, which gave her the opportunity to play regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic. She won the top prize in the 1996 Prague Spring Bassoon Competition and has played as guest Principal Bassoon in the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras.

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