Winner of the 2nd prize at the 12th Cadaqués International Conducting Competition and of the „Robert Spano Conductor Prize“ 2016 of the Aspen Music Festival, young German conductor Felix Mildenberger is the Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre National de France since 2017.

Besides his position in Paris, where he works closely with Emmanuel Krivine and conducts many education concerts throughout the season he is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Symphonieorchester Crescendo Freiburg, which he co-founded in 2014, and had a teaching position for Orchestral Conducting at the University of Music Freiburg from 2015 until 2017. Since 2017 he is Conducting Fellow with the Dirigentenforum of the German Music Council and with the “Akademie Musiktheater heute” of the Deutsche Bank Stiftung.

Being supported and mentored by conductors such as Emmanuel Krivine, Paavo Järvi and Gerhard Markson, Felix Mildenberger has already worked with many orchestras both on national and international level. Among these are the Orchestre National de France, the Orquestra de Cadaqués, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Halle, the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the
Thüringer Symphoniker, the Heidelberger Philharmoniker, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest, the Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra and others.

During the 2018/2019 season, Felix Mildenberger will make his debuts with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan, the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, the Magdeburger Philharmoniker, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, the Brucknerorchester Coburg, the Transylvanian State Philharmonic Orchestra and others. Besides, he will return to the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and continue to work with the Orchestre National de France, since his contract as Assistant Conductor has been extended.


Felix Mildenberger is a very intelligent and talented musician who shows great promise in his future career as a conductor.

David Zinman

Former Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

He has served as assistant conductor for several conductors such as Paavo Järvi, Robin Ticciati, Emmanuel Krivine, Robert Spano, Jakub Hrusa, Constantinos Carydis, Jane Glover and others.

He was assistant conductor in an opera production at the Aspen Opera Center and at the Académie Lyrique in Rochefort, France, and he conducted concerts during the Impuls Festival for Contemporary Music 2015 in Dessau. In 2016 and in 2017 he was a Conducting Fellow with the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with Robert Spano, Markus Stenz, Hugh Wolff, Michael Stern, Patrick Summers, Larry Rachleff, Johannes Debus und Federico Cortese. After his semi-finals at the 7th International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition 2015 in Frankfurt, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra invited him as a guest conductor for a series of education concerts.

Born 1990 in Germany, Felix Mildenberger received his first music education in violin, viola and piano, before studying Conducting in Freiburg and Vienna from 2011 to 2015. Among his teachers are Prof. Lutz Koehler HonRAM, Prof. Mark Stringer, Gerhard Markson, Prof. Scott Sandmeier, Massimiliano Matesic, Yuji Yuasa and Alexander Burda. Additionally, he studied with Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, David Zinman, Neeme Järvi, Prof. Johannes Schlaefli, Prof. Nicolás Pasquet, James E. Ross, Hans Rotman and others in master classes, as well as with John Carewe, Gabriel Feltz, Oliver Weder and Marc Piollet in the course of his Dirigentenforum fellowship. He has been scholarship holder of the DeutschlandStipendium 2013/14 und 2014/15 and stipendiary of the Dr.-Leo-Ricker-Stiftung.


15 Sep


Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra | Symphony Hall Osaka, Japan

M. Mussorgsky: A Night on a bare mountain (arr. N.Rimsky-Korsakov)
C. Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor
M. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Maurice Ravel)

Soloist: Henri Demarquette

18 Sep


Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra | NTK Hall Forest Hall, Japan

M. Mussorgsky: A Night on a bare mountain (arr. N.Rimsky-Korsakov)
S. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor
J. Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major

Soloist: Mao Fujita

26 Sep


St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra | St. Petersburg Capella, Russia

P. Hindemith: Suite from „Der Dämon“
R. Strauss: Suite from „Schlagobers“
Arias and Solos by Tchaikovsky, Chatchaturjan, Gavrilin, Ravel, Gluck and more...

30 Sep


Orchestre National de France | Auditorium de Radio France, Paris

„L'Orchestre ensorcelé“ – Concert jeune public

M.Mussorgsky: A Night on a bare mountain (arr. N.Rimsky-Korsakov)

P.I.Tschaikowsky: Symphony No. 5 - 3rd mvt

R.Schumann: Symphony No. 4 - 3rd mvt

P. Dukas: "L'apprenti sorcier" / The Sorcerer's Apprentice

C. Saint-Saens: Bacchanale from "Samson et Dalila" 

J. Brahms: Symphony No. 1 - 2nd mvt

C. Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre


10- 19 Oct


Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra | Belgrade

C. Saint-Saens: Le Carnaval des Animaux

Children concerts

15 + 16 Nov


Magdeburger Philharmoniker | Theater Magdeburg, Germany

G. Connesson: "Supernova"

20 - 22 Nov


Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition | London

Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

17 Dec


Filarmonica Teatro Regio Torino | Turin, Italy

  • Michail Glinka: Ruslan e Ludmilla, Ouverture
  • Pëtr Il'ič Čajkovskij: Romeo e Giulietta, ouverture-fantasia da Shakespeare
  • Engelbert Humperdink: Hansel e Gretel, preludio
  • John Rutter: Angel's Carol
  • John Rutter: The Lord Bless You and Keep You
  • John Rutter: A Gaelic Blessing
  • Leroy Anderson: The Typewriter
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Lullaby dalla cantata Hodie (This Day)
  • Leroy Anderson: A Christmas Festival

02 Jan


Brucknerorchester Coburg | Landesmusikakademie Hammelburg

D. Shostakovitch: Symphony No. 7 in C major

03 Jan


Brucknerorchester Coburg | Kulturhalle Grafenrheinfeld

D. Shostakovitch: Symphony No. 7 in C major

21-27 Jan


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra | Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Assistant Conductor for Bernard Haitink

W.A.Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor

J.Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor

10 Feb


Orchestre National de France | Maison de la Radio, Paris

„Ciné-concert Charlot“ - Concert jeune public

22 Mar


Transylvanian State Philharmonic Orchestra | Cluj, Romania

Programme tbc

06 Apr


Orchestre National de France | Maison de la Radio, Paris

„Le Jeu des 1000 euros“ - Concert jeune public

14 Apr


Symphonieorchester Crescendo Freiburg | Konzerthaus Freiburg, Germany

G. Mahler: Symphony No. 6

03 May


Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire | Nantes, France

I. Strawinsky: Firebird (Suite 1945)

05 May


Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire | Saint-Malo, France

F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: "Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage",Overture op. 27

R. Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor

I. Strawinsky: The Firebird (Suite 1945)

Soloist: Adam Laloum

07 May


Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire | Angers, France

I. Strawinsky: Firebird (Suite 1945)

08 Jun


Orchestre National de France | Auditorium de Radio France, Paris

„Le Classique en chanson“ - Concert jeune public

2 - 5 Jul


Bremer Philharmoniker | Bremen, Germany

Dirigentenforum Master Class with Marko Letonja


Felix is a very gifted young conductor. He combines great technical skills and an excellent ear with extraordinary musicality and a stunning professional attitude.

Gerhard Markson

Former Principal Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra



Felix Mildenberger is a very talented young conductor, very well organised in the rehearsals, inspiring the orchestra in the concerts, a tireless worker.

Hans Rotman

Conductor and Artistic Director, IMPULS-Festival


For inquiries concerning Japan, please contact:

Mr. Jun-ichi Nihei
President of JAPAN ARTS Corporation

Email: nihei@japanarts.co.jp
Phone: +81 8067866926

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Elle Logan