Austrian conductor Peter Sommerer (insta link) has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Saxon Wind Philharmonic since the beginning of 2021, which was awarded the “Opus Klassik” as Ensemble of the Year 2023 for the first joint CD recording “La Valse” (Hänssler classic). (

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In addition to his commitments to this orchestra, which is unique in Germany, he is also in demand internationally as a guest conductor. At the beginning of the 2019/20 season he made his celebrated debut in Mexico with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato Bucheon Philharmonic. From 2012-2019 Peter Sommerer was General Music Director of the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein.

His debut in South Korea with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra marked the beginning of his increased activities in Asia. In addition, future invitations will take him to Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Greece.

Peter Sommerer has already conducted the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra for the “hänssler” record label, and a CD production with Scandinavian music was released in summer 2019.

His versatility is also emphasized by opera productions such as Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre”, Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut”, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”, Hindemith’s “Cardillac”, Verdi’s “La Traviata”, Alban Berg’s “Lulu”, Massenet’s “Don Quichotte” or Bizet’s Carmen.

Innovative and varied concert programs, from classical-symphonic to “cross-over”, have opened up new audience segments and are an expression of his extensive repertoire.

“You can already tell from the first bars of the overture, conducted with vehemence and real dramatic breath, that GMD Peter Sommerer likes the ‘Dutchman’.”

This is how the Opernglas (12/2018) writes about the premiere of the “Flying Dutchman”, which was also acclaimed by the audience.

His presentations, such as for performances of contemporary works, are extremely popular and give the audience better access to supposedly “difficult” music. The press attested to his New Year’s concert: “Peter Sommerer is not only a spirited conductor of his orchestra, but also a gifted compere.” (shz. 01/2018)

He has conducted the Royal Orchestra Copenhagen, at the Zurich Opera House, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra, the Austro-Iranian Symphony Orchestra Tehran, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Lübeck, Magdeburg and Jena Philharmonic, the South Danish Philharmonic, as well as regularly in the USA and Canada.

His concern to promote young musicians is expressed in the assumption of the artistic direction of the “Junge Philharmonie Brandenburg” at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. He also founded the “Symphonic Youngsters” who held their “summer academy” in a bus garage.

Peter Sommerer also works as a lecturer in orchestral conducting, initially at the Lübeck University of Music and since the summer semester of 2022 at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy University of Music and Theater in Leipzig.

The time from 2002 to 2005 as Michael Boder’s permanent assistant was formative, which brought him to houses such as the Vienna State Opera, Saxon State Opera in Dresden, German State Opera.

Repertoire List Opera

Alban Berg


Georges Bizet

Les pecheurs de perles

Boris Blacher

Preußisches Märchen

Benjamin Britten

Albert Herring


Friedrich Cerha

Der Riese vom Steinfeld

Tan Dun

Marco Polo

Gaetano Donizetti

Don Pasquale

Lucia di Lammermoor

Antonin Dvorak


Peter Eötvös

Drei Schwestern

Charles Gounod

La Nonne Sanglante

Paul Hindemith


Leos Janácek


Emmerich Kálmán

Gräfin Mariza

John Kander


Eduard Künneke

Der Vetter aus Dingsda

Franz Lehàr

Die Lustige Witwe

Frederick Loewe

My Fair Lady

Albert Lortzing

Zar und Zimmermann

Nader Mashayekhi

Neda – Der Ruf

Jules Massenet


Don Quichotte

Wolfgang A. Mozart

Così fan tutte

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Die Zauberflöte

Le Nozze di Figaro

La Clemenza di Tito

Alex Nowitz

Die Bestmann-Oper

Jacques Offenbach

Orpheus in der Unterwelt

Cole Porter

Kiss me Kate

Francis Poulenc

Dialogues des Carmélites

Giacomo Puccini

Gianni Schicci

La Bohème

Madama Butterfly


Wolfgang Rihm

Jakob Lenz

Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov

Die Zarenbraut

Gioachino Rossini

Il Barbiere di Siviglia


Gerhard Schedl

Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung

Alfred Schnittke

Die Historia von D. Johann Fausten

Arnold Schönberg

Die Jakobsleiter

Von heute auf morgen

Louis Spohr


Richard Strauss

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Der Rosenkavalier


Johann Strauß

Die Fledermaus

Wiener Blut

Der Zigeunerbaron

Eine Nacht in Venedig

Igor Strawinsky

The Rake´s Progress

Peter Tschaikowsky

Eugen Onegin

Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

La Traviata



Richard Wagner

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Der fliegende Holländer

Das Rheingold



Carl M. von Weber

Der Freischütz

André Werner

Lavinia A.

Robert Wright

Grand Hotel

Repertoire List Concerts

Johann Sebastian Bach

Messe in h-moll
Div. Kantaten
Brandenburgische Konzerte
Ouverture No. 3

Bela Bartók

Konzert für Orchester

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie No. 1, 2, 3, 5, 7
Klavierkonzert No. 2, 4

Missa in C-Dur
Missa Solemnis

Alban Berg


Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Johannes Brahms

Symphonie No. 1, 2, 3, 4

Anton Bruckner

Symphonie No. 3, 4, 5, 7, 9

Antonin Dvorak

Symphonie No. 8

Georg Friedrich Händel

Der Messias
Div. Concerti grossi

Joseph Haydn

Symphonie No. 22, 44, 60, 82, 83, 84, 88, 92, 96, 100, 101,102
Die Schöpfung
Sämtliche Messen

Paul Hindemith

Sinfonie „Mathis der Maler“

Anatoly Liadow

Baba Yaga
Der verzauberte See

Gustav Mahler

Symphonie No. 1, 6
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Olivier Messiaen

Un Sourire

Felix Mendelssohn-B.

Symphonie No. 4
Musik zu „Ein Sommernachtstraum“

Wolfgang A. Mozart

KV 200, 201, 297, 318, 385, 504, 550, 551
Flötenkonzert KV 315
Hornkonzert KV 417
Klavierkonzert KV 467
Violinkonzert KV 219, 211
Serenade KV 350
Sämtliche Messen

Arvo Pärt

Te Deum

Jean Sibelius

Symphonie No. 2

Franz Schubert

Symphonie No. 2, 3, 5, 7, 9
Sämtliche Messen

Robert Schumann

Symphonie No. 1, 3

Johann Strauß

Div. Walzer, Polkas etc.

Richard Strauss

Don Juan
Tod und Verklärung

Karol Szymanowski

Violinkonzert Nr. 1

Peter Tschaikowsky

Sinfonie Nr. 2

Hugo Wolf

Italienische Serenade


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