German conductor Anja Bihlmaier studied under Scott Sandmeier at the Freiburg Conservatory of Music (Musikhochschule Freiburg) and under Dennis Russell Davies and Jorge Rotter at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
In the 2017-18 season Anja Bihlmaier gives her debut at the Volksoper in Vienna with a revival of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and at the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken/Kaiserslautern. Moreover, she gives her US-debut at Toledo Symphony Orchestra and conducts orchestras such as Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Jönköping Sinfonietta, Wermland Opera Orchestra, Nordic Chamber Orchestra and Sønderjylland Symphony Orchestra. As Guest Conductor, she returns to the Turku Symphony Orchestra and to the Gothenborg University Orchestra amongst others. At the Saarländisches Staatstheater she conducts Puccini‘s La Bohème and also three symphony concerts at the Staatstheater Kassel, where she also leads a new production of Nicolai‘s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor.
In the 2016-17 season Anja Bihlmaier conducted the premieres of Verdi’s Luisa Miller and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Staatstheater Kassel, and a new production of Rigoletto at the Oper im Steinbruch at St. Margarethen, Austria. Moreover, she returned to Staatsoper Hannover to conduct a revival of Bizet’s Carmen. Other highlights of the 2016-17 season included three symphonic concerts in Kassel and concerts with the Gothenburg University Symphony, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Bremer Philharmoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Stockholm, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Odense Symfoniorkester, and the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal. In her first season as First Kapellmeisterin at the Staatstheater Kassel she conducted new productions of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Bellini’s Norma, as well as revivals of Tchaikovksy’s Eugene Onegin, Verdi’s Rigoletto and La bohème. In Kassel she also conducted two symphonic programmes. In July 2015 she took over performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde from Patrick Ringborg and was celebrated equally by the press and the audience.
From season 2013-14 until 2014-15 Anja Bihlmaier was Second Kapellmeisterin at the Staatsoper Hannover, where she conducted the premieres of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Grétry’s Zémire et azor, and revivals of Eugene Oneginand Carmen. Amongst the highlights of her final season were Massenet’s Werther(named „Best New Production of the Season 2014-2015“) and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. As Guest Conductor at the Staatsoper Hannover, Ms. Bihlmaier conducted the opening premiere of the 2015-16 season, Dvořák’s Rusalka directed by Dietrich W. Hilsdorf, which was met with great critical acclaim.
Equally at home on the operatic and symphonic stage, she has successfully performed with orchestras such as the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Ensemble Resonanz, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Mozarteum Salzburg, the Orchestra of Colours in Athens and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie.
After engagements at the theatres in Görlitz, Coburg and the Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim, Ms. Bihlmaier went on to Theater Chemnitz as Second Kapellmeisterin and Assistant to Music Director Frank Beermann, a position she held from 2010-2013. In this position, she conducted the premieres of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Kálmán’s Gräfin Mariza, Weill’s The Threepenny Opera; the range of repertoire she presented within these seasons was extensive, including further works like Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Vasco da Gama, Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek’s Benzin, as well as numerous symphonic concerts with the Robert Schumann Philharmonie.
Anja Bihlmaier looks back on successful collaborations with the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Sinfonieorchester Münster, the Hofer Symphoniker, the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, the Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, the Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the University Manchester.
In 2005, Anja Bihlmaier was admitted into the Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates (Conducting Forum of the German Music Council). In 2006, she was awarded the 3rd Prize at the International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition for Conductors in Athens, and received a scholarship from the Johannes Brahms Society in Baden Baden.