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Prof. Thomas Clamor

Chief Conductor of the Saxon Wind Philharmonic

Conductor, educator, musical ambassador across borders: Thomas Clamor transfers his enthusiasm and commitment to musicians and audiences alike. The chief conductor of the Saxon Wind Philharmonic is an internationally sought-after guest conductor: he performs with his orchestra, but also with numerous other symphonic orchestral formations and chamber music ensembles around the world. Well-known radio, CD and DVD productions document his work in its stylistic breadth.

Thomas Clamor founded the European Brass Ensemble based in the Melk Abbey (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and has found a place on the world's major stages with the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble, which he also founded. Among other things, he conducted at the Salzburg Festival, the London Proms, Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic and is a welcome guest of many orchestras in China, Korea, South America and Europe.

Pedagogically, Thomas Clamor is constantly facing new challenges: he has been artistic director of the German Wind Academy since 2011. He was a visiting professor in Weimar and Detmold and is Prof. h.c. the Shanghai University of Music. At the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, he laid the foundation stone for music education and initiated projects in Berlin's social hotspots with his students. Social hot spots are also the focus of "El Sistema" in Venezuela, one of the world's most important socio-cultural projects, which builds on the changing power of music. Thomas Clamor's work has been appreciated there for 15 years, with which he gives children and young people a vision for the future.

For many years the Berlin Philharmonic was Thomas Clamor's musical home. In 1986 Herbert von Karajan hired the trumpeter as the youngest member of the world-class orchestra at the time. He was to remain connected to the Philharmonic for over 20 years and get to know the most important podiums in the world and experience the greatest soloists and conductors in their daily work.
It is artistic exchange at the highest level that still shapes and directs Thomas Clamor today. In 2015 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit: With his artistic excellence, he not only makes an impressive cultural contribution, but is also committed to national and international education. Thomas Clamor is never just on stage as a musician, but always as a whole person. With his art and projects, he shows how important music is for everyone and what art can do for society.

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