Dresden-born HARTMUT HAENCHEN was a member of Dresdner Kreuzchor boys’ choir and began to conduct concerts as a cantor at the age of 15. He turned heads with his rediscovery of a requiem by J.A. Hasse when he was just 17. Hartmut Haenchen studied at Carl Maria von Weber College of Music in Dresden and interned under Pierre Boulez at Bayreuth Festival and Herbert von Karajan in Berlin. He studied under Arvid Jansons and Yevgeny Mravinsky in former Leningrad and has held many senior positions, such as Chief Conductor (from 1986 to 1999) and later Principal Guest Conductor with Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, where he has already helmed 75 premieres. He has guest-conducted at Bayreuth Festival, Brussels, Bologna, Vienna (several times at Vienna Festival), Munich (Munich Opera Festival, among others), New York, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Warsaw (Warsaw Autumn festival), Geneva, Jerusalem and Kirishima Festival in Japan. He has won many impressive distinctions, for instance Opernwelt magazine’s Conductor of the Year award.