Philipp Ahmann has been Chief Conductor of the North German Radio Choir since 2008. Under his direction the chorus has launched its own series of subscription concerts that has met with an enthusiastic response on the part of audiences and critics alike.
In addition to exploring the a cappella repertory of every musical period, Philipp Ahmann has also made a name for himself with his performances of oratorios from the Baroque onwards. In the process he has worked with early music ensembles such as B’Rock, Bell'arte Salzburg, Concerto Köln, Concerto con Anima, Le Concert Lorrain and the Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra as well as with ensembles specializing in contemporary music such as the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Ensemble Resonanz. In addition he worked with the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the NDR Radio Philharmonic of Hanover. Appearances with the Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra and NDR Brass and his involvement in North German Radio’s singalong project SINGING! with over 600 singers are further evidence of his versatility.
He has conducted at renowned festivals like Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and International Handel Festival Göttingen.
He has released CDs with the NDR Choir and the MDR Radio Choir Leipzig which have been received with critical acclaim.
Philipp Ahmann was born in 1974 and studied conducting with Marcus Creed in Cologne. Other leading musicians who have had a formative influence on his work are Peter Neumann, Frieder Bernius and Robin Gritton. He began working with radio choirs in 2005, since then he has been working as a guest conductor with the SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart, the WDR Radio Choir Cologne and the Radio Choir of Berlin. In 2013-2016 the MDR Radio Choir Leipzig appointed him Principal Guest Conductor.
As choir master, Philipp Ahmann has also established an excellent reputation as a competent partner to such renowned conductors as Gerd Albrecht, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Peter Eötvös, Thomas Hengelbrock, Heinz Holliger, Kent Nagano, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Lothar Zagrosek, with a stylistically diverse repertoire of works ranging from choral symphonic to opera. During the 2017-18 season he will be preparing choirs for Christoph Eschenbach, Marek Janowski, Wladimir Jurowski, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Christian Thielemann, among others. He will also be working as guest conductor with the Rundfunkchor Berlin and the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir.
With the NDR Choir Philipp Ahmann will undertake the opening concert of the Usedom Musikfestival at the beginning of the season, subsequently performing with the ensemble at the International Handel Festival Göttingen and the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival; he will conduct the final concert of the Telemann Festival, collaborating with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, as well as giving a performance of Frank Martin's great secular oratorio "Vin herbé" at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. He will be performing with the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir at the Frauenkirche Dresden, presenting the choir's new Christmas CD. Further CD productions with the NDR Choir – including a disc of French a cappella choir music – will follow in the course of the season.