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Freelance concert and opera conductor, former artistic director of the Gävle Symfoniorkester in Sweden and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City, long-time Music Director of the Stadttheater Giessen and guest conductor at the San Francisco Opera, the Komische Oper Berlin, the opera houses of Frankfurt and Tallinn, among others. Teacher and promoter of young musical talent. Read more…

Orquesta Filhármonica de CDMX , June 11 2023 concert, video © Andrea Morales

Carlos Spierer, Konzert 2023, Mexico City


Raised in Berlin, where his father, Leon Spierer, was 1st concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan, he received his basic training on the piano and violin. Aside from his daily studies, he took private lessons with the German composer Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling. After studying violin with Fredell Lack at the University of Houston, he switched to the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg in 1984 and majored in conducting with Klauspeter Seibel. While still a student, Carlos Spierer participated in various master classes, including one in 1987 at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival with Leonard Bernstein, from whose conducting competition he emerged as a prize winner.

In 1990, his first engagement led him to the Kiel Opera House, where, as Kapellmeister, solo coach and assistant to the music director, he conducted premieres and performances of many popular operas for five years. He continued to expand his wide-ranging opera repertoire of well-known, rediscovered, or newly-discovered works of opera literature in the following years at the San Francisco Opera, the Komische Oper Berlin, and the opera houses in Frankfurt and Tallinn. From 2003, he presided over the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City for two years as chief conductor and artistic director. From 2003 to 2011, he was principal conductor of the Stadttheater Gießen.

In the symphonic realm, Carlos Spierer has also developed a vast repertoire in concert with many renowned orchestras, including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires, the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, the HR Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Stockholm, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio. In his Artistic and Musical directorships of orchestras, including the Gävle Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (Mexico City), and the Symphony Orchestra of the Stadttheater Giessen, he designed programs characterized by great stylistic diversity from a wide range of musical eras, thus always opening up to new listening experiences.

Internationally, he has been responsible for concerts and opera productions with the Orquesta Nacional de Costa Rica, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra, at the Berlin Opera Academy, and in Vicenza, Italy.

Carlos Spierer is a renowned conducting teacher. Besides his private students, he has given master classes at the Texas Music Festival (Houston) and the Moores School of Music (University of Houston), and he teaches regularly at the UNAM in Mexico City.

Carlos Spierer’s recording of works by the Swedish composer Oscar Byström (Sterling)was named “CD of the Year 1998” by BBC Music Magazine. The CD of “Paddington Bear’s First Concert “and Poulenc’s “Babar the Elephant “(Polygram) was awarded the “Echo Prize 1999”.

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opera repertoire

Beethoven_ Fidelio Berg_Lulu, Wozzeck Bizet_Carmen Donizetti_ Don Pasquale, L’elisir d’amore, La fille du régiment De Falla_ Master Pedro’s Puppet Show Floros_ Gala Gala Haydn_ L’anima del Filosofo, Orlando Paladino Giordano_ Andrea Chenier Gomes_ Lo Schiavo Heuberger_ The Opera Ball Hindemith_ Sancta Susanna Humperdinck_ Hansel and Gretel Kálman_ The Gypsy Princess Lehár_ The Merry Widow, The Land of Smiles Leoncavallo_ I Pagliacci Mascagni_ Cavalleria Rusticana Massenet_ Werther Menotti_ Goya Mercadante_ Il Giuramento Mozart_ Cosí fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Le nozze de Figaro, The Magic Flute, The Abduction from the Seraglio Offenbach_ The Tales of Hoffmann, Orpheus in the Underworld Puccini_ Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Turandot Smetana_ The Bartered Bride Smyth_ The Wreckers Strauss, J_ The Bat Strauss, R_ Salome, Der Rosenkavalier Tchaikovsky_ The Maid of Orleans Valtinoni_ Pinocchio, The Snow Queen, The Magician of Oz Verdi_ Nabucco, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Don Carlos, Otello, Falstaff Wagner_ Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde, The Ring in one evening (own version for the theatre Giessen) Webber_ Evita Weber_Der Freischütz Zador_ X-mal Rembrandt Zemlinsky_ The Birthday of the Infanta
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concert repertoire

Bach_ Brandenburg Concertos and Suites Bartok_ Piano Concerto No. 3 Beethoven_ Symphonies 1-9 Berg_ Seven Early Songs Berlioz_ Symphonie Fantastique Bizet_ Carmen Suite No. 1 and 2, Symphony C major Brahms_ A German Requiem, Symphonies 1-4, Hungarian Dances 1-6 Britten_ Simple Symphony Bruch_ Violin concerto g minor, Bruckner_ Symphonies 4-9 Debussy_ Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Dvořák_ Symphonies 7- 9 Elgar_ Cello concerto, Enigma Variations Gershwin_ Piano concerto, Rhapsody in Blue Glinka_ Ruslan and Ludmila Grieg_ Peer Gynt Suite, Norwegian Dances Handel_ Water Music, Firework Music Haydn_ The Creation, Piano concerto in C major Hindemith_ Mathis der Maler, Symphonic metamorphosis Holst_ The Planets Hummel_ Trumpet concerto Liszt_ Hungarian Rhapsodies Mahler_ Symphonies 1-5, The Song of the Earth Mendelssohn_ Symphonies 1-5, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Mozart_ Symphonies 25, 35-41 Mussorgsky_ Pictures of an Exhibition Orff_ Carmina Burana Paganini_ Violin concerto No. 1 and 2 Poulenc_ Piano concerto Prokofiev_ Symphonies No. 1 and 5 Rachmaninoff_ Piano concertos 1-3 Ravel_ Pavane pour une Infante défunte Reinecke_ Serenade for Strings Rihm_ Cello Concerto Rimski-Korsakov_ Scheherazade Saint-Saëns_ Symphony No. 3, The Carnival of the Animals Satie_ Musique d’ameublement Schoenberg_ Transfigured Night, A Survivor from Warsaw Shostakovich_ Symphony No. 5 and 9 Schubert_ Symphonies No. 3-9 Schulhoff_ The Moonstruck Schumann_ Symphonies 1-4 Sibelius_ Symphony No. 5, Valse triste Strauss, J_ The Blue Danube, Roses from the South Strauss, R_ Rosenkavalier-Suite, Don Quixote Stravinsky_ The Firebird, Petrushka, Le sacre du Printemps Tchaikovsky_ Symphonies 4-6, Romeo and Juliet Vivaldi_ The Four Seasons Wagner_ Siegfried Idyll, Wesendonck Lieder Weill_ Symphony No. 1, Concerto for Violin (Selection)
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CD-Cover Oscar Byström, Gävle Symphony Orchestra

Oscar Byström
Symphony in D minor and other works
Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Sterling 1998
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CD-Cover Paddington Bärs erstes Konzert

Herbert Chappell
Paddington Bear’s First Concert
Hamburger Symphoniker
Deutsche Grammophon 1998
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CD-Cover Gävle Symphony Orchestra

Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Live in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Rosa Arnold, Violin – Enrica Ciccarelli, Piano
Verdi Records 1999

CD-Cover Trombone Concertos

Olaf Ott Trombone Concertos
Philharmonic Ensemble Orchestra
Works by Grondahl, Reiche, Larsson, David
camerata 2004

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