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Friederike Kienle | pura musica

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Friederike Kienle began studying orchestral conducting in 2012 with Prof Tatsuya Shimono in Tokyo during a ten-year period in Japan. In Sapporo, she founded the Young Hokkaido Philharmony, with which she conducted a cycle of all nine Beethoven Symphonies. In 2018, she returned to Germany, completing her studies with a master’s degree at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart in the class of Prof. Rasmus Baumann. She attended masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli and Stefan Blunier.

Friederike Kienle has been conducting the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Württemberg Philharmonic of Reutlingen, the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra of Constance, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra of Pforzheim and orchestras in Bulgaria, Japan, and the USA.

Her passion for symphonic repertoire is matched by her love of opera. She has conducted opera productions at the Rousse State Opera (Bulgaria), the State Opera Bourgas (Bulgaria), and the Sapporo Opera Festival (Japan) and has assisted at the Stuttgart Opera Studio, conducting performances of Weill’s Street Scene, Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor and Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma!

In 2020, she founded Ensemble Balance, a chamber-symphonic group in Stuttgart. In the same year, she recorded an arrangement of Bruckner’s 7th Symphony for 11 instruments with Ensemble Balance for SWR. This was followed by live streams of symphonic and opera programs, as well as educational projects with wordsmith Timo Brunke. Her work with the ensemble earned her the Neustart Kultur scholarship and grants from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and Arts.

In 2021, Friederike Kienle and Ensemble Balance introduced the innovative Balance concert series at the Berger Kirche in Stuttgart. This series stands out for its modern approach, bringing together artists, audiences, and young talent, and fostering social interaction. It serves as a space for musical dialogue across generations and social backgrounds.

A highlight in 2024 has been performing and recording the works of the composer Paul Ben-Haim, who was born in Germany in 1897 and emigrated to Tel Aviv in 1933. In collaboration with the cellist Ofer Canetti and the Württemberg Philharmonic of Reutlingen, Friederike Kienle has recorded Ben-Haim’s Sonata for Strings, his Cello Concerto and the orchestral version of Three Songs Without Words for the label Capriccio.

In 2023/2024 she led a comprehensive research project on works by female composers and composers of color for SWR’s Diversity Group. These new and high-quality works have expanded Kienle’s repertoire, and she actively champions concerts with diverse programs.

Friederike Kienle is dedicated to inspiring her audience, revealing the essence of the music, and lowering barriers for all listeners to enjoy classical music. Her innovative approaches and commitment to diversity in her programming reflect her deep passion for the art form.

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