Catherine Larsen-Maguire

 Catherine Larsen-Maguire – conductor

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Catherine Larsen-Maguire was born in Manchester and is now based in Berlin. After ten years as principal bassoonist at the Komische Oper 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 numerous works. She made her operatic debut at the Komische Oper in 2009, conducting the German premiere of Elisabeth Naske’s „Die Rote Zora“.

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Catherine Larsen-Maguire has shared the concert platform with internationally acclaimed singers and soloists; orchestras she has conducted include the Bremen, Magdeburg, Augsburg and Nuremburg Philharmonic Orchestras, the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Slovenian Radio Orchestra, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Resonanz, Ensemble Ascolta and Ensemble United Berlin.

Placing great emphasis on working with young professionals, Larsen-Maguire is very much in demand as a conductor for youth orchestras and in music colleges all round the world. As part of the Young Euro Classic Festival she made her debut in Berlin’s Konzerthaus, returning a year later to conduct a world premiere with the German Youth Ballet; this was followed by a tour of China with the same group. She was a faculty member at the annual Femusc Festival in Brazil for five years, and held a guest professorship in conducting at the University of the Arts, Berlin. She gives regular masterclasses in Germany and abroad, and was a jury member for the Besançon Competition for Young Conductors in 2017 and 2019.

Recent highlights include concerts with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the orchestra of the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, the Taoxichuan Chamber Orchestra in China, OFUNAM in Mexico City and in the Gewandhaus Hall in Leipzig with the Amicus Orchestra Glasgow.

The season 2019/20 and beyond will see Catherine conduct world premieres at the Ruhrtriennale in Germany and the Bridge Strings Festival in Glasgow, and make her debut with OSUSP in Sao Paulo, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta de Cámara de Chile and the Young Israel Philharmonic. She will also return to Granada, China, several orchestras in Mexico, the Slovenian Radio Orchestra, and to summer festivals in the USA.

Catherine Larsen-Maguire read music at Cambridge University, and studied the bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with Klaus Thunemann in Hanover, and at the Karajan Academy in Berlin. She won the top prize in the 1996 Prague Spring Bassoon Competition and has played as guest principal bassoonist in many of the major orchestras in Germany and England. 

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Concert with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Mar 2020
(Concertos with students from Ljubljana Academy of Music)
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Sunflower Festival Chamber Orchestra, Jun 2017
Schubert: Symphony No. 2, 1st mvt
Sunflower Festival Chamber Orchestra, Jun 2017
Mendelssohn: Violin concerto, Op. 64
Sunflower Festival Chamber Orchestra, Jun 2017


Catherine Larsen-Maguire – List of conducted works
  • Adams
    Chamber Symphony
  • Ali-Sade
    Dilogie II
  • Arnold
    Scottish Dances
  • Arutjunian
    Trumpet Concerto
  • Bach
    Double concerto for two violins
    Double concerto for oboe and violin
    Keyboard concerto in D minor
    Brandenburg concerto No. 2
    Orchestral Suite No. 1
    Orchestral Suite No. 3
    Fugue from “Das Musikalische Opfer” (arr. Webern)
  • Bailey.
    Piano concerto Empty Theater (first performance)
  • Barber
    Violin Concerto
    Adagio for strings
  • Bartók
    Concerto for orchestra
    Viola concerto
    Romanian Dances
  • Bauckholt
  • Bax
  • Beethoven.
    Symphony No. 1
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 3
    Symphony No. 5
    Symphony No. 6
    Symphony No. 8
    Piano concerto No. 1
    Piano concerto No. 3
    Piano concerto No. 5
    Egmont overture
    Coriolan overture
    King Stephen overture
  • Benjamin
    At First Light
  • Berio
    Folk Songs
  • Berlioz
    Les Nuits d’Été
  • Bernstein
    Divertimento for Orchestra
    Candide overture
  • Billone
    Ebe und anders
  • Bizet
  • Blacher
    Paganini Variations
    Concertante Musik
  • Brahms
    Symphony No. 1
    Symphony No. 3
    Serenade No. 1
    Haydn Variations
    Piano concerto No. 2
    Double concerto
    Tragic Overture
  • Britten
    Violin Concerto
    Temporal Variations
  • Bruch
    Violin concerto
    Concerto for clarinet and viola
    Scottish Fantasy
  • Bruckner
    Overture in G minor
  • Chabrier
    Suite pastorale
  • Cimarosa
    Concerto for two flutes
  • Copland
    Appalachian Spring
    Clarinet Concerto
  • Dallapiccola
    Due Liriche di Anacreonte
  • Dean.
  • Debussy
    La Mer
    Three Preludes (arr. Matthews)
  • Dvorák
    Symphony No. 6
    Symphony No. 7
    Symphony No. 9
    Cello concerto
    The Water Sprite
    Czech Suite
    Slavonic Dances 4 & 8
    Serenade for strings
    Serenade for winds
  • Elgar
    Enigma Variations
    Pomp and Circumstance 1 & 4
    Serenade for strings
  • Farrenc.
    Symphony No. 3

  • Requiem
    Élégie for Cello
  • Franck
    Symphony in D minor
  • Françaix
    Bassoon concerto
  • Gade
    Nachklänge an Ossian
  • Galindo
    Oberture Mexicana No. 2
  • Glanert
    Vier Ernste Gesänge
  • Glazunov
    Serenade for strings
  • Glinka
    Ruslan and Ludmilla overture
    Summer Night in Madrid
  • Globokar
    Kaleidoskop im Nebel
  • Grieg
    Norwegian Dances
    Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
    Holberg Suite
  • Grime
    A Cold Spring
  • Guarnieri
    Flor de Tremembé
  • Handel
    Coronation anthems
    Harp concerto
  • Haydn
    Symphony No. 88
    Symphony No. 94
    Symphony No. 103
    Symphony No. 104
    Oboe concerto
    L’isola disabitata overture
  • Higdon
    River sings a song to trees
  • Hindemith
    Wie es wär’, wenn’s anders wär’
  • Holst
    “The Perfect Fool” ballet music
    St. Paul’s Suite
  • Ibert
  • Ives
    Symphony No. 2
  • Jolivet
    Bassoon concerto
  • Kampe
    Gefährliche Operette (first performance)
  • Kapp
    Die Letzte Beichte
  • Knussen
    Ophelia Dances
  • Ligeti
    Nouvelles aventures
    Concert romanesc
  • Liszt
    Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Macmillan
    Oboe Concerto
  • Mahler
    Symphony No. 1
    Symphony No. 4
    Symphony No. 5
    Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schönberg/Riehn)
    4 Lieder from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”
  • Mamlok
  • Marcello
    Oboe Concerto
  • Martinu
    Oboe Concerto
  • Matthews
    Hidden Variables
  • Maxwell Davies
    An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise
    Five Klee Pictures
    Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot
  • Mendelssohn, Fanny
    Overture in C
  • Mendelssohn, Felix
    Symphony No. 3
    Symphony No. 4
    String Symphony No. 1
    String Symphony No. 10
    Violin Concerto
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    The Hebrides overture
  • Milhaud
    Suite Provencale
    La Création du Monde
  • Mozart
    Don Giovanni
    Symphony No. 31
    Symphony No. 35
    Symphony No. 36
    Symphony No. 39
    Symphony No. 40
    Symphony No. 41
    Horn concerto No. 4
    Violin concerto No. 1
    Violin concerto No. 5
    Flute Concerto
    Flute and harp Concerto
    Oboe Concerto
    Bassoon Concerto
    Sinfonia concertante for winds
    Marriage of Figaro overture
    Magic Flute overture
    Adagio and Fugue for strings
    Gran Partita
  • Mundry
    Das Rohe und das Geformte III
  • Mussorgsky
    Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Naske
    Die Rote Zora (Children’s opera)
  • Nicolaou
  • Nono
    Canti per 13
  • Orff
    Carmina Burana
  • Piazzola
    Estaciones porteñas
  • Poulenc
    Concert champêtre
  • Prokofiev
    Symphony No. 1 (Classical)
    Piano concerto No. 3
    Excerpts from “Romeo and Juliet”
  • Pousseur
    Quintette à la Mémoire d’Anton Webern
  • Puccini
    La Bohème
  • Purcell
    Chaconne (arr. Britten)
  • Rachmaninov
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphonic Dances
    Piano concerto No. 1
    Piano concerto No. 2
    Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
  • Raff
  • Rameau
    Movements from “Les Indes Galantes”
  • Rautavaara
    Cantus arcticus
  • Ravel
    Daphis and Chloe 2nd suite
    Le Tombeau de Couperin
    Piano concerto
    La Valse
    Alborada del Gracioso
  • Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Rodrigo
    Concierto de Aranjuez
  • Saint-Saens
    Cello Concerto
  • Santoro
    Symphony No. 12 (first performance)
  • Schleiermacher
  • Schönberg
    Chamber Symphony No. 1
    Pierrot Lunaire
    Erwartung (version for chamber orchestra)
  • Shostakovich
    Symphony No. 5
    Symphony No. 10
  • Schubert
    Symphony No. 1
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 3
    Symphony No. 4
    Symphony No. 5
    Symphony No. 6
    Symphony No. 7 (Unfinished)
    Symphony No. 9
  • Schumann, C.
    Piano Concerto
  • Schumann, R.
    Symphony No. 1
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 4
  • Scriabin
    Piano Concerto
  • Sibelius
    Symphony No. 2
    Valse triste
  • Simpson
    Nur Musik
  • Stephenson, A.
    Piccolo Concerto
  • Strauss, J.
  • Strauss, R.
    Oboe concerto
    Horn concerto No. 1
    Four Last Songs
    Suite Op. 4
    Serenade Op. 7
    Sonatine No. 1
  • Stravinsky
    The Firebird Suite (1919)
    Petruschka (1911)
    The Soldier’s Tale
  • Tarkmann
    Der Mistkäfer
  • Trujillo
    Travesiá (first performance)
  • Tschaikowsky
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 4
    Symphony No. 5
    Piano concerto No. 1
    Romeo and Juliet overture
    Capriccio Italien
    Rococo Variations
    Marche Slave
  • Vaughan Williams
    Oboe concerto
    Tuba concerto
    The Lark Ascending
    Flos Campi
    English Folk Song Suite
  • Verdi
    The Force of Destiny overture
  • Vieuxtemps
    Violin concerto No. 5
  • Villa-Lobos
    Choros 7
    Choros 10
    Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4
  • Vivaldi
    Bassoon concerto in E minor
  • Wagner
    Mastersingers overture
    Siegfried Idyll
  • Walton
    Viola Concerto
  • Warlock
    Capriol Suite
  • Weber
    Oberon overture
    Bassoon concerto
  • Webern
    Konzert Op. 24
  • Weidner
    But a beautiful ballroom soul (first performance)
  • Weill
    Little Threepenny Music
    Violin Concerto
  • Weiss
    Chamber symphony
  • Yun
    Pièce concertante
    Chamber concerto No. 2



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