Catherine Larsen-Maguire

 Catherine Larsen-Maguire – conductor

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Following ten years as principal bassoonist at the Komische Oper Berlin, Catherine Larsen-Maguire turned her focus exclusively to conducting, having acquired an extensive knowledge of the repertoire, a superlative musical ear and an in-depth awareness of orchestra psychology; since then she is fast becoming a sought-after conductor with orchestras in Europe as well as South America. The 2021-22 season sees debuts with the London Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Royal Northern Sinfonia in the UK and the Orchestre de chambre de Genève and Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois in Switzerland, as well as returns to the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra Orchestra and Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM in Mexico City, with whom she enjoys longstanding relationships, and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife following a successful debut there in 2020-21.

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Alongside the standard orchestral canon, Catherine Larsen-Maguire also has a special interest in contemporary music and has directed the first performances of numerous works, including the world premieres of Alexander Goehr’s ‘The Master Said’ and Gordon Kampe’s ‘Gefährliche Operette’, as well as the North American premiere of MacMillan’s Oboe Concerto, with Nigel Shore. Collaborations include Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Resonanz, Ensemble ascolta and ensemble united berlin, while 2021-22 includes her debut with Ensemble Modern, as well as a joint project with Scottish Ensemble, Ensemble Resonanz and the Trondheim Soloists.

Catherine Larsen-Maguire places great emphasis on working with younger musicians and enjoys working with and training youth ensembles around the world; 2021 includes projects with the Young Israel Philharmonic and the Landesjugendensemble Neue Musik Berlin. She was a jury member for the Besançon Competition in 2017 and 2019, and from 2014-16 held a guest professorship in conducting at the University of the Arts, Berlin.

Born in Manchester and now based in Berlin, Catherine Larsen-Maguire read music at Cambridge University. She then studied the bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and at the Karajan Academy in Berlin. Important influences in the development of her conducting skills were John Carewe, George Hurst and Vladimir Jurowski, whom she assisted on several occasions early in her career.

Nicolas Papageorgiou (Director)
Aude-Marie Auphan (Director)


Anna Clyne: Sound and Fury
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, September 2020
Concert with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Mar 2020
(Concertos with students from Ljubljana Academy of Music)
Schubert: Symphony No. 2, 1st mvt
Sunflower Festival Chamber Orchestra, Jun 2017
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Sunflower Festival Chamber Orchestra, Jun 2017
Macmillan: Oboe Concerto (N.American premiere)
Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, Nigel Shore (oboe) Mar 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
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  • 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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