Wolfgang Behrend

Wolfgang Behrend

Wolfgang Behrend was born in Dresden and began his musical training on the piano. His artistic development was significantly shaped by GMD Prof. Rolf Reuter, with whom he studied conducting at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin.

From 1989 to 1998 Wolfgang Behrend was engaged on the stages of the city of Zwickau and at the Chemnitz Opera House. During this time he was able to work with soloists and orchestras such as the Robert Schumann Philharmonic, which he has conducted in numerous concerts and performances, offers an extensive opera and concert repertoire. At the same time he led the Saxon Symphony Orchestra Chemnitz and gave successful concerts with it at home and abroad.

Following his intense desire for extensive artistic freedom, in 1998 Behrend took the step into self-employment as a freelance conductor. From 2001 to 2011 he was artistic director of the German-Polish youth orchestra Görlitz / Zgorzelec, and in 2002 he followed the call to conduct the "medicanti", the orchestra at the Medical Faculty of the TU Dresden, whose artistic potential he sustainably promoted. Through his work, he developed this ensemble from a chamber orchestra to a successful symphony orchestra within a few years.

Wolfgang Behrend sees an important task in his intensive pedagogical work in order to pass on what he has learned to the next generation. For this purpose he has been teaching at the Dresden Music Academy since 2003. In 2005 he was appointed artistic director of the “LandStreicher Sachsen” by the Saxon Music Council, a nationwide unique youth orchestra in which musically gifted children aged 10 to 14 from all over Saxony are introduced to orchestral music. At the beginning of the 2011/2012 school year, he also took on the post of artistic director of the “Young Symphony Orchestra Dresden” at the Saxon State High School for Music.

Wolfgang Behrend has been the choir conductor of the Dresden Kreuzchor since October 2017.