Friedemann Layer, conductor
Friedemann Layer was born i Vienna in 1941. He studied at the Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst in his hometown.
He worked as an assistant for Herbert von Karajan and Karl Böhm and in 1974 he was engaged as 1. Kapellmeister at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and simultaneously from 1987 till 1990 Opern- und Generalmusikdirektor in Mannheim.
From 1994 till 2007 he was the leader of Orchestre National and Opera National in Montpellier. He has conducted orchestras i Paris, Brussels, Basel, Berlin, Geneva and Dresden among many others.
Friedemann Layer has recorded numerous works in various genres and especially contemporary music plays an important role in his carreer. From 2007 till 2009 he was once again Generalmusikdirektor in Manheim where he conducted concerts and new productions of among others Janàcek´s Jenufa, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Der Fliegende Holländer by Wagner. At the Opera in Copenhagen he has conducted Wagner´s Lohengrin and Tannhäuser as well as Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss