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Heribert Beissel studied with Günter Wand at the music conservatory in Cologne. He also studied piano and
composition (Frank Martin). His secondary instrument was violin. After winning the first price in the
competition for conductors, he began his career as opera conductor in Bonn. In addition to his conducting
he worked as a vocal accompanist and participated in chamber music for several years, especially in recordings
for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WDR). For fourteen years he was principal conductor of the Hamburger
Symphoniker. At the same time he was the artistic director of the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra in Essen.
During his years in Hamburg he often conducted in the Hamburg State Opera House and the NDR Sinfonieorchester,
and presented a wide variety of works. The choirs of the NDR and SDR (Stuttgart) frequently invited Heribert
Beissel for broadcasts and concerts.
Regular guest performances led him to North and South America, Asia, Australia, Israel and numerous european
countries. In addition to being guest conductor with many german and foreign orchestras he has for several
years been associated with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. The Festivals of Ansbach (Bach), Ravello (Wagner),
Flandern, Schleswig-Holstein, Berlin (Festwochen), Bregenzer Frühling and Istanbul invited him as guest
conductor or pianist.
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Heribert Beissel founded and is still principal conductor of the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn.
With this orchestra he performs since 1988 concert series in the twelve largest concert halls of
Germany. From 1991 till 1999 he was General Music Director of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester
Halle (Sachsen-Anhalt). Heribert Beissel is founder and principal conductor of the Landesjugendorchester
Sachsen-Anhalt. Since September 2001 he has been General Music Director of the Brandenburgisches
Staatsorchester Frankfurt Oder. The orchestra bestowed upon him the title of “Honorary Conductor”.
The Chur Cölnischer Chor Bonn was founded and is conducted by Heribert Beissel.