Music, Art, and direction – Katharina Dickopf is a versatile young artist. As a conductor, she stood in front of many orchestras, including the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Cairo Symphony Orchestra and Staatskapelle Dresden. This season she conducts two world premieres ‘Der geteilte Himmel’ (Musical) and ‘Der kleine Prinz’ (Ballet) at Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin and will be assistant to GMD Mark Rohde.
Born in Berlin in 1997, the conductor took her first piano lessons at the age of seven. In 2013 she conducted the festival’s youth group at the international music festival “Heidelberger Frühling” and received a piano scholarship at the Heidelberg Music and Singing School the following year. At that time, she directed two amateur orchestras and worked with choirs.
In 2015/16, she studied orchestral conducting with Prof. Klaus Arp, Prof. Cosima Osthoff and Joongbae Jee as a young student at the Music Academy for Music and Performing Arts Mannheim. Since 2016 she has been studying orchestral conducting with Prof. Ekkehard Klemm at the Dresden University of Music and has received choral conducting lessons from Prof. Hans-Christoph Rademann. As part of her studies, she conducts orchestras such as the Robert Schumann Philharmonie Chemnitz, the Theater Plauen / Zwickau Orchestra, the Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen, the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue and the University Symphony Orchestra of the Dresden University of Music.
As a musical assistant she worked at the Landesbühnen Sachsen for the production of L. Janacek’s “Katja Kabanowa” and assisted GMD Elias Grandy in C.Gounod’s “Faust” at the Heidelberg Theater. She has also worked as an assistant at the Dresden State Operetta and the Dresden University Choir. She conducted at international music festivals like the Pablo Casals Festival and Aurora Music Festival.
In 2019 she took part in the Järvi Academy and received advice from Leonid Grin, Neeme, Kristjan and Paavo Järvi. Katharina Dickopf received further inspiration from Christian Thielemann, Jorma Panula and Omer Meier Wellber in masterclasses and at the Aurora Stockholm Masterclasses with Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Johannes Gustavsson.
In 2019, together with six composers, she founded the “Acantun Kollektiv” to develop concert programs with new compositions and perform them with various ensembles. Dickopf worked together with renominated contemporary music ensembles like Sinfonietta Dresden and El Perro Andaluz.
2020 she led the chamber opera production “Hänsel und Gretel” as aconductor at the Landesbühnen Sachsen. Since 2022 she receives the scholarship “Deutschland Stipendium Ernst von Schuch”.
Katharina Dickopf is also regularly involved in projects as a visual artist and director. Recently she designed a visual concept for a concert of Romitelli’s “Professor Bad Trip”. In 2018 she directed the chamber opera “Leonce und Lena”. Some of her photographs and paintings were on view in the STUWERTINUM Dresden in spring 2018.