Anja Bihlmaier’s strong musical instinct, abundant charisma and natural leadership have propelled her to the forefront of recently established conductors both on the symphonic and operatic stages. She assumed the role of Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague in August 2021 alongside her position as Principal Guest Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
Elsewhere this season Bihlmaier conducts the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, SWR Symphonieorchester, Finnish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Swedish Chamber and Pacific Symphony Orchestras all for the first time, and returns to Gothenburg Symphony, Orquestra y Coro Nacional de España and Barcelona Symphony, amongst others.
With diverse repertoire ranging from Haydn through to Mahler, Strauss and B.A. Zimmermann alongside Sibelius, Bartók, Dvořák, Shostakovich, Debussy, Britten, Galina Ustwolskaja and Wim Henderickx, Anja Bihlmaier has recently conducted the SWR Symphonieorchester, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestras.
A passionate advocate of opera, Bihlmaier amassed 15 years of experience from positions at Staatsoper Hannover, Theater Chemnitz and Staatstheater Kassel with productions including Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, Bizet Carmen, Massenet Werther, Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro and Dvořák Rusalka. In February 2023 she conducts Wagner Der Fliegende Holländer in Tampere and future productions are scheduled with Norwegian National Opera and Glyndebourne. More recently she has conducted Gounod Faust with Trondheim Opera, Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Malmö Opera and several productions at Volksoper Wien including Henry Mason’s highly acclaimed new production of Die Zauberflöte (2020-21).