Beijing Forum for Symphonic Music 2021 (Thematic Forum Ⅱ): Matthias Ilkenhans




NDR Radiophilharmonie

Diversity and quality are the trademarks of the NDR Radiophilharmonie from Hanover. 86 highly skilled musicians represent an impressive variety in their programme: in addition to the great classical and romantic repertoire, they also cultivate early music. Crossover projects, movie soundtracks and a wide range of different concerts for children and youth reach a large audience.

Particularly the close cooperation with principal conductor Andrew Manze, who has held this position since the 2014/15 season, represents a decisive step on the artistically ambitious path of the NDR Radiophilharmonie.


Matthias Ilkenhans, General Manager

Matthias Ilkenhans was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1968 and grew up in Bad Homburg. He initially studied Orchestral Music, majoring in Violin, in Stuttgart, Saarbrücken and Munich, followed by a degree in Cultural Management at the University of Hagen. From 1994 to 2000 he was a member of the ensemble of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (Young German Philharmonic Orchestra) in Frankfurt, first as a violinist and later as project manager. After a year as Project Manager with the Munich Chamber Orchestra he returned to the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie as General Manager in 2001.

Since the 2004/2005 concert season Matthias Ilkenhans has been General Manager of the NDR Radiophilharmonie.

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