Winner of the renowned „Robert Spano Conductor Prize“ 2016, Felix Mildenberger is Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre National de France since 2017. In the same year he won the 2nd prize at the 12th Cadaqués International Conducting Competition.

Besides his position in Paris he is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Symphonieorchester Crescendo Freiburg, which he 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.

Felix Mildenberger served as an assistant conductor for several conductors such as Paavo Järvi, Robin Ticciati, Emmanuel Krivine, Jakub Hrusa, Jane Glover and others. He was also assistant conductor in an opera production at the Académie Lyrique in Rochefort, France, and conducted concerts during the Impuls Festival for Contemporary Music 2015 in Dessau. In 2015, Bernard Haitink selected him as one of seven active participants for his master class during the Lucerne Festival. In the same year, Felix Mildenberger was finalist at the XIII. Dirigenten-Werkstatt des Kritischen Orchesters in Berlin, where he worked with musicians from leading German orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. He was a Conducting Fellow with the Aspen Music Festival in 2016 and in 2017. At the 7th International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition 2015 in Frankfurt, Felix reached the semifinals, as the youngest participant. The hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony) then invited him as a guest conductor for a series of concerts in 2016.


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

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 Orchestra de Cadaqués, the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Thüringer Symphoniker, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest, the Duna Symphony Orchestra Budapest, the Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Isle (Montréal), the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim and others.

Felix Mildenberger received his first music education in violin, viola and piano, before studying Orchestral 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 and Massimiliano Matesic. Additionally, he studied with Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, David Zinman, Hugh Wolff, Markus Stenz, Neeme Järvi, Robert Spano, Michael Stern, Johannes Debus, Larry Rachleff, Leonid Grin, James E. Ross, Prof. Nicolás Pasquet, Prof. Johannes Schlaefli and others in master classes and festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival at Easter, the Järvi Summer Academy and others. In 2015 he finished his Bachelor’s degree with distinction and immediately started working as teacher for Orchestral Conducting at the University of Music Freiburg. Felix Mildenberger has been scholarship holder of the DeutschlandStipendium 2013/14 and 2014/15 and stipendiary of the Dr.-Leo-Ricker-Stiftung.

Upcoming Concerts

Aug 2017

Sep 2017

Symphonieorchester Crescendo Freiburg | Bürgerhaus Denzlingen

L.v.Beethoven: Overture Leonore No.3 | E.Elgar: Cello Concerto | P.I.Tschaikowsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"

Tristan Cornut, solo cello

Sep 2017

Symphonieorchester Crescendo Freiburg | Audimax der Uni Freiburg

L.v.Beethoven: Overture Leonore No.3 | E.Elgar: Cello Concerto | P.I.Tschaikowsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"

Tristan Cornut, solo cello

Oct 2017

Orchestre National de France | Maison de la Radio, Paris

L'Histoire du Petit Tailleur - Concert jeune public

21 Oct
2017  19:30

Akademisches Orchester Freiburg | Audimax der Uni Freiburg

N.Rota: Concerto for strings | Ch.Gounod: Petite Symphonie | L.v.Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in Bb major

10 and 11 Nov 2017

Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt | Meininger Hof, Saalfeld

Tobias Broström: On Urban Ground (2014)

Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto in C major Hob VIIb: 1

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony No. 6 „Pastorale“

25 Nov 2017

Orchestre National de France | Maison de la Radio, Paris

"Le Concert qui fait peur" - Concert jeune public

Excerpts from the following works:

Brahms: Symphony No.1

Shostakovich: Symphony No.11

Mozart: Masonic Funeral Music

Holst: Planets

Franck: Symphony in d minor

14-18 Dec 2017

Orchestra de Cadaques | Cadaques / Barcelona

Cadaques International Conducting Competition 2017

20 Jan 2018

Orchestre National de France | Maison de la Radio, Paris

Concert famille "Le jeu des 1000 euros"

17 Feb 2018

Orchestre National de France | Maison de la Radio, Paris

Concert famille "L'Histoire de Babar"

04/05 Mar 2018

Staatskapelle Halle | Theater Halle

Claude Debussy           Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune

Béla Bartók                  Musik für Seiteninstrumente Schlagzeug und Celesta

Enric Palomar              Suite Negro Goya

Igor Strawinsky            Petrouchka

22 Mar 2018

Nürnberger Symphoniker | Kongresshalle Nürnberg

Igor Strawinsky: Dumbarton Oaks

Richard Strauss          Hornkonzert Nr. 1 Es-Dur

Johannes Brahms: Sinfonie Nr. 4 e-Moll

Christoph Eß, solo horn



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


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Elle Logan