Biography

Biography

Katharina Dickopf is a young German conductor. She has performed with a number of orchestras, including the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Järvi Academy Sinfonietta, Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen, London Classical Soloists and the Kammerorchester Dippoldiswalde, where she has been chief conductor in 2017/18. She conducted in international music festivals like the Pablo Casals Festival, Aurora Music Festival and Pärnu Music Festival.

Dickopf has worked as a musical assistant to Elias Grandy at the Theater & Orchester Heidelberg, the Landesbühnen Sachsen, the Staatsoperette Dresden and the Dresden University Choir.

Recently she took part in masterclasses with Jorma Panula and Omer Meir Wellber and was invited to the Järvi Academy with Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Kristjan Järvi and Leonid Grin. She was  also invited to the Aurora Music Festival 2019 with masterclasses led by Johannes Gustavsson and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

Born in 1997 in Berlin, Dickopf received her first piano lessons at the age of seven. In 2013 she conducted the youth group of the international music festival ‘Heidelberger Frühling’ and won a piano scholarship to the ’Musik- und Singschule’ in Heidelberg the follow year. At that time she worked with amateur choirs in Heidelberg and led two amateur orchestras.

At 17 she began her conducting studies at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts under the guidance of Prof. Klaus Arp, Prof. Cosima Osthoff and Maestro Joongbae Jee. Currently she is studying orchestral conducting in the class of Prof. Ekkehard Klemm at the ’Carl Maria von Weber’ College of Music in Dresden. She receives lessons in choir conducting from Prof. Hans-Christoph Rademann. Within her studies she works with orchestras like the Robert Schumann Philharmonie Chemnitz, the Orchester des Theater Plauen/Zwickau and the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue on a regular basis.

Her areas of interest as an artist extend beyond the baton. In autumn 2018 she directed the opera ‘Leonce and Lena’ by Kurt Schwaen in Dresden, following a stint as an assistant to the director Sebastian Ritschel. Katharina Dickopf is equally involved in visual arts projects. Some of her photographs and paintings were shown in an exhibition at the STUWERTINUM Dresden in spring 2018.