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Horst-Hans Baecker

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Born in Bucharest (Romania) in 1959, the Composer and Conductor Horst-Hans Bäcker took his first piano lessons at the age of five with Tamas Vesmas. In 1973 Bäcker left Romania with his parents and came to Germany where he studied Composition from 1981 with Professor Ludwig Werner Weiand at the Conservatory Rhineland. 

Bäcker continued his studies from 1983 until 1986 at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he studied Composition with Professor Gyula Horvath, Conducting with Professor Kurt Prestel and Historical Informed Performance with Professor Nikolaus Harnoncourt. In 1984 Bäcker founded the SALZBURGER VOKALENSEMBEL and directed this Chamber Choir until his departure from Salzburg.

Bäcker completed his training in Composition from 1986 to 1989 under Professor Jürg Baur at the Rhineland Academy of Music in Cologne. Since his studies in Cologne Bäcker has been commissioned to compose music by musicians and chamber ensembles from all over the world. In addition, he has been commissioned to compose music for special occasion by various

European cities. With his composition “From the Depth I Cry Out to You Lord” Bäcker won the prize of the De Profundis Composers Competition in Cologne.

His works are published by Waldkauz Musikverlag and by Universal Edition Wien.

He completed his formation as a conductor in Master Classes with Jorma Panula.

In the year 1996 Horst-Hans Bäcker founded a symphony orchestra, out of which the INTERNATIONALE PHILHARMONIE was founded two years later and for which he was appointed Principal Conductor at the same time.

He has been a regular guest conductor for the Arad Philharmonic Orchestra, Banatul Philharmonic Orchestra in Timisoara, Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra in Iasi, and Oradea, Sibiu and Craiova Philharmonic Orchestras in Romania, the Northern Hungarian Symphony Orchestra in Hungary and for the choir and orchestra of Camerata Antiqua de Curitiba (Brazil). Among the numerous soloists he has worked with, Bäcker has established some long-term musical partnerships, among others with the panpipes players Gheorghe Zamfir and Hannah (Matthias) Schlubeck, with the violinists Christina Anghelescu, Bogdan Dragus, Sophie Moser and Sebastian Casleanu, with the Canadian guitarist Dale Kavanagh, the German-Canadian Amadeus Guitar Duo and the British Eden-Stell Guitar Duo, as well as with the pianists Katja Huhn, Ekaterina Litvintseva, Mihai Ungureanu and Tamas Vesmas.

Since 2003 Horst-Hans Bäcker is permanent guest conductor of Arad State Philharmonic Orchestra and the State Philharmonic Orchestra “Oltenia” in Craiova. Since 2006 he is also permanent guest conductor of the State Philharmonic Orchestra “Banat” in Timisoara and was commissioned by the orchestra to compose a work for Choir and Orchestra for the Celebration of 60 years as Romanian State Orchestra. The composition “Rapsodia Timisoreana” including tribute to the most important Romanian Composer George Enescu and the most important Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu, was enthusiastically received by the members of the choir and the orchestra as well as by the audience.

Horst-Hans Bäcker’s first CD SPANISH NIGHT including Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concertos for 1, 2 and 4 Guitars and Orchestra was recorded in 1999 and enthusiastically received by the critics. Also the following recordings SPANISH NIGHT II with the guitarist Dale Kavanagh, Amadeus Guitar Duo, panpipes player Gheorghe Zamfir and the State Philharmonic Arad; including an orchestral work by Bäcker “Rapsodia Mallorquina” the CD Berühmte Opernarien – Panflöte und Orchester with soloist Gheorghe Zamfir and State Philharmonic Arad, as well as the CD ZauberPANflöte with panpipes player Hannah (Matthias) Schlubeck and the State Philharmonic Transylvania were very successful and full of tribute.

Beside his Compositions Horst-Hans Bäcker, since 2006, is delighting the audience with his Arrangements for Symphonic Orchestra and some for Choir and Orchestra of works by the Bands such as Beatles, Queen, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Supertramp and others. Each time these concerts are sold out and Highlights were some Open-Air Concerts with each about 25,000 enthusiastic spectators. Another positive effect of this kind of concerts is to bring young people closer to Symphony Orchestras and Choirs. 

In 2016 Horst-Hans Bäcker moved to the Philippines where he is Professor for Composition and Conducting and Associate Dean of the Conservatory of Music, Theater and Dance in the Liceo de Cagayan University. Since 2017 he is Permanent Guest Conductor of the Classic Youth Orchestra in Cebu. In 2018 he was designated as Principal Conductor of the new established Cagayan de Oro Symphony Orchestra. 

The worldwide lockdown of concerts requested new ways of making music. In April 2020 was founded an online group of musicians from all over the world which has 215 members and Horst-Hans Bäcker is the Principal Conductor of The Online Music Group – Orchestra Collaboration.

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