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Kazem Abdullah

"Abdullah captivates the people!"

A vibrant, versatile and compelling presence on the podium, American conductor Kazem Abdullah is one of the most watched talents on the international stage today. Since 2012 he has been Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Aachen, Germany, where he leads both the orchestral and operatic seasons. His predecessors in this tradition-rich post include Fritz Busch, Herbert von Karajan, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. On the podium Mr. Abdullah has been lauded by both the German and international press for his work in Aachen. Recently, he was nominated by critics in Die Welt, as best conductor in the state
of Nordrhein-Westfalen for his conducting of Brokeback Mountain, Tosca and Tannhäuser.

This season, Mr. Abdullah will conduct three opera productions in Aachen: Macbeth, Il Trittico, and Ariadne auf Naxos. In addition, he will also lead several subscription concerts with the Sinfonieorchester Aachen and will make guest appearances with the orchestra in Amsterdam at the Concertgebouw and in the East-Belgium Music Festival.
This season he will make guest appearances with the Wuhan Philharmonic in China, the Detroit Symphony, Nürnberg Symphoniker, and the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey. In the spring of 2017 he will lead a tour of Germany and Italy with the Nürnberger Symphoniker.