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Wellber, Omer Meir (conductor)

Omer Meir Wellber (conductor)

Born in 1981 in Be’er Sheva, Israel, Omer Meir Wellber currently divides his time between positions as Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Music Director of both the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and the Raanana Symphonette in Israel, and Principal Guest Conductor at the Semperoper Dresden.

Wellber began his musical education at the age of five, taking up accordion and piano. From 2000 to 2008, he studied conducting and composition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with Eugene Zirlin and Mendi Rodan, on a scholarship from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation, before heading to the Berliner Staatsoper and later Milan’s La Scala, where he assisted Daniel Barenboim from 2008 to 2010. In the four years following that, he served as Music Director at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia.

Omer Meir Wellber has conducted some of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, and works regularly with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Besides his musical creativity, Wellber’s everyday life is influenced by a wide variety of interests—he speaks five languages, including German, Italian, English and Russian, and is an advocate of using music as a vehicle for social change. Not only in Israel with his Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, but also with the BBC Philharmonic and the Teatro Massimo, Wellber has given masterclasses in Manchester, Dresden and Palermo and at the Jerusalem Academy. He is also a Good Will Ambassador for Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli-based non-profit organization that provides critical cardiac medical support.

In 2019, Wellber demonstrated another side of his broad artistic range by making his literary debut with his first novel, Die vier Ohnmachten des Chaim Birkner, published by Berlin Verlag. The book tells the story of Chaim Birkner, a tired and broken man who is forced by his daughter to face life one last time. In 2020, the novel will also be published in French by Éditions du sous-sol and in Italian by Sellerio Editore.


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