Johanna Malangré, conductor
Praised as ‘a natural conductor’ by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, award-winning German conductor Johanna Malangré has been the new Chief Conductor of the Orchestre de Picardie in France since September 2022.
Johanna has been noted for her electrifying musicality and imaginative leadership. She is passionate about communicating the world of orchestral music to a wider public and has a special interest in curating programmes aimed at introducing new audiences to classical music, all of which she is now bringing to the public in the North of France.
Recent additional invitations include concerts with the Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel, Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester, Dortmund Philharmoniker, Münchner Rundfunkorchester,
Musikcollegium Winterthur, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie RheinlandPfalz, Collegium Novum Zürich, Göttinger Symphonieorchester, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, İstanbul State Symphony Orchestra and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, and, in France, her debut with Orchestre de Bretagne, recording the programme of the ‘Sensations’ CD with soloist Gauthier Capuçon and the Orchestre de Bretagne for ERATO/Warner Classics and conducting the subsequent concert tour, as well as first appearances at Festival de Saint-Denis, and with Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche Comté
and Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn.
In 2019, Johanna Malangré was appointed Music Director of the orchestra of a new festival in Münich under the patronage of Christian Gerhaher. The HIDALGO festival brings classical music of the highest standard to all types of audiences throughout the city, while breaking down the boundaries between the genres.
At the 2019 MAWOMA Conducting Competition in Vienna, Johanna was awarded the First, audience and orchestra prizes. She first gained international attention as ‘Conducting Fellow’ at the 2017 Lucerne Festival Academy, working with Heinz Holliger and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and was reinvited to the Lucerne Festival in 2021 to conduct three concerts, including one world premiere, with the Festival Contemporary Orchestra.
Johanna Malangré began her conducting career in 2012 as an Assistant Conductor with the Chamber Opera in Cologne and conducted Dvorak’s Rusalka at Pilsen Opera (2018), as well as concerts with the Staatstheater Cottbus Orchestra and the Meininger Hofkapelle. In 2016/2017, she was assistant conductor of the Bergische Symphoniker, and subsequently, was invited to work with Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal de Versailles, Münchner Symphoniker, Süddeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, MDRSinfonieorchester, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra.
Johanna is a graduate of the renowned conducting class of Prof. Johannes Schlaefli in Zürich and has been coached by mentors including Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, Reinhard Goebel and Nicolas Pasquet.