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Dorothee Oberlinger

The recorder player, ensemble leader, conductor, festival director and university professor Dorothee Oberlinger is one of the most internationally personalities in the field of early music.

She has been awarded national and international music prizes such as the Opus Klassik (2020, Instrumentalist of the Year), Echo Klassik, the Diapason d'Or, the ICMA Award and with the Telemann Prize of the city of Magdeburg. As a soloist she has been working since 2002 with the Ensemble 1700, which she founded, as well as with renowned ensembles and orchestras such as the Sonatori de Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, Musica Antiqua Köln, Arte del Mondo, B'Rock, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Academy of Ancient Music, Al Ayre Espagnol, Il Suonar Parlante, Zefiro or Concerto Cologne.

After her years of study in Cologne, Amsterdam and Milan (in the subjects recorder, German studies), she made her international debut in 1997 with the 1st prize in the international competition SRP/Moeck U.K. in London at the Wigmore  Hall. Since then invitations to most of the major festivals and concert halls such as the Grand Théatre Grand Théatre Bordeaux, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Laeszhalle Hamburg, KKL Lucerne, Tonhalle Zurich, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris or De Singel Antwerp, etc. In addition to her intensive involvement with the music of the baroque music, Dorothee Oberlinger has also devoted herself to contemporary and avant-garde music. Among other things, she was involved in the 2009 album »Touch« by the Swiss pop duo Yello. Since 2004, she has taught as a professor at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, where she was director of the Institute for Early Music from 2008 to 2018 and became an internationally internationally recognised institution for studies in historical performance practice. She is festival director of two important early music festivals in Germany, the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci and the Baroque Festival Bad Arolsen.

She made her international debut as an opera conductor at the Göttingen Handel Festival in 2017. 2017 with the Handel production Lucio Cornelio Silla, followed by the operas »Polifemo« by Bononcini (2019), the Telemann opera »Pastorelle en musique« (2021) and currently the production »I portentosi effetti de la madre natura« by Giuseppe Scarlatti (2022). 2022 promotes the federal programme NEUSTART KULTUR will fund the staged production of the serenata »Il giardino d'amore« by Alessandro Scarlatti under the direction of Dorothee Oberlinger with her Ensemble 1700. Further baroque opera projects planned for the period 2022 to 2024 will be funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia NRW for a period of three for a period of three years.

Dorothee Oberlinger is an honorary citizen of her home town of Simmern. 2021 she was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany for her cultural services. 

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