30-year-old conductor Dominik Beykirch is one of the most sought-after young conductors in recent years. In the 2020/2021 season he will take up his new position as chief conductor of the music theater of the Deutsches National Theater (DNT) and Staatskapelle Weimar. In 2015 he came to Weimar as 2nd Kapellmeister and has been employed there as 1st Coordinated Kapellmeister since the 2018/2019 season.
Last season, Dominik Beykirch celebrated great success at the house with the opera Lanzelot by Paul Dessau, which was performed again for the first time in 40 years. The magazine »OpernweltJ honored the production directed by Peter Konwitschny as »Rediscovery of the Year« and nominated Dominik Beykirch as »Conductor of the Year«. The opera was also recognized as »Best Rediscovery« at the international Oper! Awards. Furthermore, the lavish production Ariadne auf Naxos (director: Martin G. Berger), whose musical direction the young conductor also held, was awarded the FAUST Prize 2020.
His musical direction of new productions such as Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel (director: Christian Sedelmayer), Leonard Bernstein's Candide (director: Martin G. Berger) and Gioachino Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri (director: Tobias Kratzer) met with audiences and the specialist press great response.
Dominik Beykirch is celebrating his debut as chief conductor music theater with an elaborate co-production: Music theater, drama and Staatskapelle Weimar are jointly staging the musical Cabaret in a production by the renowned director Nurkan Erpulat.
In the 2020/2021 season, Dominik Beykirch will also be guest at the Weilburger Schlosskonzerte with Staatskapelle Weimar and the Norwegian violinist and Hardangerfiedel soloist Ragnhild Hemsing. He is also looking forward to a re-invitation to the MDR Sinfonieorchester and a concert with the Sächsiche Staatskapelle Dresden at the Semperoper in early July 2021. A collaboration with the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt (soloist: Alexej Gerassimez), other guest performances and many projects with the Staatskapelle Weimar had to be canceled or postponed due to the corona pandemic.
In September 2020 the album Clarinet Concertos will be released on the label »Berlin Classics«, on which clarinetist Sebastian Manz will interpret the clarinet concerto composed in 1928 by the Danish composer Carl Nielsen together with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken under the direction of Dominik Beykirch.
Dominik Beykirch has already worked as a guest conductor with numerous renowned orchestras, such as the symphony orchestras of the HR, MDR, WDR and SWR, Dresden Philharmonie, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Jena Philharmonie, Staatskapelle Halle, Bremer Philharmoniker, Philharmonie Zuidnederland (Netherlands), Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Philharmonisches Orchester Altenburg-Gera, Bergische Symphoniker, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt, the Hofer Symphoniker, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester and Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen. He was also a guest at the Staatstheater Kassel and conducted numerous performances at the Staatsoperette Dresden.
In the recent past, Dominik Beykirch conducted the Elbufer concerts of the Dresden Philharmonie. With this orchestra he also recorded Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf for Berlin Classics (narrotor: Malte Arkona). In addition, he led important rehearsals for artists including Markus Poschner, Andres Orozco-Estrada and Christoph Eschenbach and worked with soloists such as Jens Peter Maintz, Claudio Bohórquez, Danjulo Ishizaka, Jakob Spahn, Sebastian Manz, Wen-Sinn Yang, Sarah Willis, Harriet Krijgh, Michael Barenboim and Jan Vogler.
His numerous awards include, among others, the 2nd prize at the German Conductor Prize 2017, endowed with 10,000 euros, the first prize at the 6th German University Competition for orchestral conducting, as well as sponsorship prizes from the publishing houses Bärenreiter and Breitkopf & Härtel, the Ernst von Schuch Prize and that Rudolf Bräuer grant "for exceptional artistic achievements". Dominik Beykirch was a scholarship holder in the Conductors' Forum of the German Music Council and was on the list of artists “Maestros of Tomorrow” from 2016 to 2019. He is also an alumnus of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. In the 2013/14 season, the young conductor was Michael Sanderling's assistant at the Dresden Philharmonic as part of the Hermann Hildebrandt grant.
Dominik Beykirch completed his musical education at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in the conducting class of Prof. Nicolás Pasquet, Prof. Gunter Kahlert and Martin Hoff in Weimar. At the same time, he received enriching artistic impulses from numerous master classes, including with Bernard Haitink, Colin Metters, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Ton Koopman. He is now passing on his knowledge as part of a teaching position for conducting and score playing at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theater in Leipzig.