Berlin Philharmonic’s former principal oboe tapped as Berlin Symphony’s chief conductor

Posted on: April 26, 2021

“The Berlin Symphony has named Hansjörg Schellenberger as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2021-22 season. He succeeds Lior Shambadal, in the job for 22 years, from 1997-2019,” writes Susan Elliott in Monday’s (4/26) Musical America (subscription required). “Schellenberger, 72, was principal oboe of the Berlin Philharmonic for 21 years, simultaneously performing chamber music with its principals, including chief conductor Herbert von Karajan, teaching at the Berlin Phil Academy and Berlin University of Arts, co-founding the Berlin-Haydn ensemble, in 1991, and, from 1983-1997, running the Phil’s television and recordings activity. After leaving that orchestra in 2001, he continued to perform as a soloist with major European orchestras. His conducting activities increased as well; he has graced the podiums of Camerata Salzburg, the Spanish National Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Orchestra Verdi from Milan, the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern, and many others. In October 2013, he became chief conductor of the Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra. His contract was recently extended through 2022.  He also performs as a duo with his wife, harpist Margit-Anna Süß.”