Monday 25 March 15:00–16:00
DIE KÖLNER AKADEMIE
MICHAEL ALEXANDER WILLENS, CONDUCTOR
Experience the German early music ensemble Die Kölner Akademie and conductor Michael Alexander Willens in rehearsal for the concert performance of Wolf's Passion oratorio.
Die Kölner Akademie is a critically acclaimed German early music ensemble under the artistic direction of American conductor Michael Alexander Willens. The ensemble performs music from the 17th century and up to the present day on original instruments with world-leading soloists. They receive glowing reviews for their concerts at festivals and concert venues in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and the Middle East. The ensemble has won a number of awards for their CD recordings.
Michael Alexander Willens is an American conductor. He is principal conductor and artistic director of Die Kölner Akademie. Willens was educated at the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied conducting under John Nelson, and later with conductor legend and composer Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood. Willens has a broad repertoire spanning from Baroque works to contemporary music with a special interest in newly written American choir music.