Gerard Oskamp – conductor

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The Dutch conductor Gerard Oskamp, since 2013 music director of the “Central German Chamber Orchestra” (Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie) in Schönebeck/Elbe, was educated as a cellist and played three years in the Philharmonic Orchestra Rotterdam. At the same time he studied conducting with Edo de Waart, Hans Swarowsky and later Ferdinand Leitner. His carreer as a conductor started 1976 winning the first price in the „John Player“-competition in Bournemouth, England. This followed a close cooperation with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in England. Gerard Oskamp won 1980 the first price in the international conducting-competition of the Hungarian Broadcasting. A year later he gave his opera-debut at the Budapest State Opera with „La Traviata“.During the next fifteen years he spent much time in northern Europe, where he worked as a much demanded guest with numerous orchestras in all Scandinavian countries. In 1986 Gerard Oskamp became Chief-conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and was till 1998 artistic director of the Norwegian Wind-ensemble.From 1994 Gerard Oskamp worked for three years as musical director of the opera in Rostock, Germany. At the same time he conducted numerous productions at the Opera in Graz and was a regular guest at the Philharmonia Hungarica. 2002-2007 he was music director of the operahouse in Flensburg. During the forty yearsof his carreer Gerard Oskamp produced more than twenty records and CD-s and was a guest with almost one hundred orchestras from Minsk till Mexico City.

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