Friederike Kienle is both a conductor and a passionate communicator of music. Her music-making is grounded in technique, depth, heart and infectious energy. The present, she feels, presents us with an opportunity for reorientation – to explore and to bring to fruition new ideas intensively alongside new partners.
Friederike Kienle started to study conducting with Prof. Rasmus Baumann at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, but by that time she was already a musician with international experience. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, she moved to Japan in 2007 to teach at the Hokkaido University of Education in Sapporo. Shortly after her arrival, she founded her own orchestra in Sapporo, the Young Hokkaido Philharmony, with which she initiated a new concert series, performing all of Beethoven’s symphonies at the city’s most prestigious concert hall, the Kitara Concert Hall – an ambitious start to her new career as a conductor.
FROM THE OUTSET
Friederike is currently a guest conductor at the Opera Montmartre in Paris. She is also the conductor of Ensemble Balance in Stuttgart and the artistic director of Konzertreihe Berger Kirche in Stuttgart. She has conducted the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Württemberg Philharmonic of Reutlingen, the Southwest German Philharmonic of Constance, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra of Pforzheim. Beyond Germany, she has worked in Bulgaria with the Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra, the State Opera Ruse and the State Opera Stara Zagora and in the USA with the Southeastern Louisiana Symphony Orchestra. She has also assisted on numerous occasions in productions at the Stuttgart Opera School, conducting performances at the Wilhelma Theater in Stuttgart. She participated in masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Tatsuya Shimono and Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.
Friederike founded Ensemble Balance in Stuttgart, comprising 13 musicians, specifically to perform symphonic chamber music – arrangements of large symphonic works, such as those composed in the milieu of Arnold Schönberg. In the summer of 2020, Ensemble Balance recorded Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in the chamber version by Eisler/Rankl/Stein for Southwest German Radio (SWR During the COVID-19 lockdown in February 2021, the ensemble performed a live stream of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, arranged exclusively for Ensemble Balance by Prof. Tatsuhiko Nakahara. In July 2021, the ensemble made recordings with international soloists and the Australian composer Nicholas McRoberts at the Wagenhallen in Stuttgart. In the 2022/2023 season, Ensemble Balance will be making several guest appearances at the Berger Kirche concert series in Stuttgart, the Kammermusikring Celle and the Opera Montmartre in Paris.
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From 1999 to 2007 Friederike Kienle studied cello in Hannover, Milan and Trossingen, and from 2017 to 2020, conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. She graduated with a master’s degree in both subjects. As a conductor, she received the DAAD’s PROMOS scholarship and participated in the Baden-Württemberg Conductors’ Podium. In 2016 she won a special prize at the 12th Danube Conducting Masterclass and Competition. To support her music initiatives, she has received the Neustart Kultur scholarship, as well as funding from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg, the German Orchestra Union and the Cultural Office of the City of Stuttgart.
Friederike Kienle is conductor of Ensemble Balance in Stuttgart, a guest conductor at Opera Montmartre in Paris, conductor of the Nürtingen Chamber Orchestra and since 2021 artistic director of the concert series Konzertreihe Berger Kirche in Stuttgart.
She has conducted the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra Reutlingen, the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra Konstanz, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim and also orchestras in Bulgaria, Japan and the USA. She has conducted opera productions in Bulgaria at the State Opera Rousse and the State Opera Bourgas and in Japan at the Sapporo Opera Festival and assisted at the Stuttgart Opera School. Friederike Kienle also embraces the challenge of conducting repertoire beyond the mainstream, and is open to contemporary music and innovative projects that transcend genre.
Friederike Kienle studied conducting at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart with Prof. Rasmus Baumann. She participated in masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli and Tatsuya Shimono. For her work with Ensemble Balance she received the Neustart Kultur scholarship and a scholarship to promote the arts in practice from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg.