We are hugely excited to welcome our new conductor, Quentin Clare to our orchestra. Quentin will first hold the baton for our orchestra in public at our “Musik am Nachmittag” concerts on Sunday 12 December — so come and welcome him then.
Quentin is British and made his professional conducting debut at the age of just 25 when he conducted the Hallé Orchestra in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Since then he has worked with many orchestras in the UK including the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern Symphonia, Orchestra of Opera North and Ensemble 11, as well as having performances broadcast on British and European television and radio.
His international career has seen him conduct orchestras in Europe such as the Danish National Symphony, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of Nancy and the Nürnburg, Würzburg, Hagen and Bochum Symphony Orchestras. He is equally experienced in the opera house working in France, the Netherlands and in Germany on productions including Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Prgress, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten and in particular the French premiere of Robert Carsen’s acclaimed production of Richard III by Giorgio Battistelli.
Much in demand as an inspirational conductor of young musicians, he has worked at the conservatories in Birmingham, Durham, Den Haag, Tilburg and Weimar, as well as holding posts with the university orchestras of Nijmegen and Leiden. Quentin has been principal guest conductor with Young Sinfonia in Newcastle and is music director of The Brigantes Orchestra (Sheffield’s professional symphony orchestra), The New Nannheim Orchestra and Pulcinella. He directed with great success the 2014 tour of the National Student Chamber Orchestra of the Netherlands (NESKO) and the 2015 tour of the National Student Chamber Orchestra of the Netherlands (NSO), and in doing so became the first British conductor to work with both of these ensembles.
Quentin studied composition, piano and conducting in the UK with Andrew Mogrelia and conducting in the Netherlands at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Jac van Steen, Ed Spanjaard and Micha Hamel.