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Jörg-Peter Weigle


Jörg-Peter WeigleJörg-Peter Weigle was a member of the Thomaner choir in Leipzig from 1963 to 1971, during the last two school years as chorus assistent. From 1973 to 1978 he studied with Prof. Horst Förster (conducting), Dietrich Knothe (choral conducting) and Ruth Zechlin (counterpoint) at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. He completed his training by participating in masterclasses in Weimar (K. Masur) and Vienna. From 1977 to 1980 he was conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra in Neubrandenburg; from 1980 to 1988 he conducted the Leipzig Radio Choir (from 1985 as chief conductor). In the 1986/87 season Jörg-Peter Weigle was appointed chief conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. Concert tours took him throughout Europe, South America and Japan. Jörg-Peter Weigle conducted Harry Kupfer’s productions of G.F. Handel's  "Belshazzar" at the Semperoper in Dresden and "Antigone" by Georg Katzer at the Komische Oper Berlin, where he also conducted "The Tales of Hofmann" and "Carmen". From 1995-2002 Jörg-Peter Weigle was chief conductor and artistic director of the Stuttgart Philharmonic. As choral conductor, Jörg-Peter Weigle has worked with various broadcasting institutions. He conducted, for example, a capella works, Blacher's Grand Inquisitor and F. Schubert's Mass in E flat with the Bavarian Radio Choir; Rossini's Stabat Mater and Verdi's Quattro Pezzi Sacri with the choir and orchestra of the NDR Hamburg; and Max Bruch's Die Glocke with the Hannover Radio Philharmonic and the NDR choir. In 2000 he conducted his first a capella concert with the RIAS chamber chorus. In August 2003 he became conductor and artistic director of the Philharmonic Choir Berlin. In the same year he began working regularly with the baroque orchestra Concerto Brandenburg. In addition to the ensemble's joint concerts with the Philharmonic Chorus, Jörg-Peter Weigle conducted a Beethoven project which included all nine symphonies and ended with a performance of the Missa Solemnis (with historicle instruments) in December 2007.
He has made many recordings. Jörg-Peter Weigle has been active in teaching since becoming conductor of the orchestra of the Academy of Music ”Carl-Maria von Weber” in Dresden in 1994. He was awarded an honorary professorship there in 1995. In 2001 Jörg-Peter Weigle was appointed Professor for Choral Conducting/Academy Chorus at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, where he was Vice Director from April 2007 to March 2008 and appointed as Director from 2008 to 2012.

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