Helge Harding with scores and Baton, smiling openly
© Anna Rozkosny

'Excellent performances' and a 'finely tuned sense for complexly interlinked sound structures' is what the press wrote about Helge Hardings work as conductor.

He recieved his first conducting lessons from Werner Seiss at the Music Academy in Dortmund and founded and directed his first ensemble. At the Musikhochschule Frankfurt, his conducting talents were particularly developed by Bernhard Kontarsky. There he founded and directed the Ensemble Adorno. This was followed by conducting studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Roland Kieft. His debut as a conductor with a large orchestra took place in Japan.

At the invitation of Pierre Boulez he participated in the 20th Century International Music Course in Paris. Further studies with Pierre Boulez followed in Salzburg and London. He considered 'Helge Harding to be a talented, young colleague who as a conductor has utilized his diverse experiences as a clarinetist'.

In Berlin Helge Harding took over the direction of the Ensemble Junge Musik and also conducted the Ensemble Mosaik. He gave his opera debut at the Music Academy in Rheinsberg with 'Visages', a multimedia chamber opera by Lothar Voigtländer. After an invitation to the Weimar Days for Contemporary Music this opera was recorded on CD in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste Berlin.

Studies with Charles Dutoit and Sir Simon Rattle followed. From then on Helge Harding devoted himself more to the classical-romantic repertoire. He conducted the Brass Ensemble of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss with hosted, popular classical programs.

After years of focus on the clarinet and on social engagement, Helge Harding has found a mentor in Marek Janowski. For the start-up concept of his Berlin Living Orchestra, Helge Harding was awarded the title 'Cultural and Creative Pilot Germany' by the German Federal Government.