Conductor

“Armando Merino stands out for his excellent skills, musicality, demanding but friendly manners, and his wide knowledge of the music repertoire of the XX and XXI centuries…’”
Peter Rundel

Conductor

“Armando Merino stands out for his excellent skills, musicality, demanding but friendly manners, and his wide knowledge of the music repertoire of the XX and XXI centuries…’”.
Peter Rundel

Bio

The Spanish conductor Armando Merino has been awarded with the First Kurt Masur Scholarship for Young Conductors in partnership with the International Kurt Masur Institute, the Opera Halle and the Impuls Festival for the 2019/20 season. In 2015, Merino was selected as the Ensemble Modern’s music conductor during the Internationale Ensemble Akademie at the Klangspuren Festival in Innsbruck.

He is also founder and chief conductor of der/gelbe/klang, a Munich based music ensemble, awarded with the prestigious Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis (Bavarian Award for the Advancement of the Arts) in 2021. This prize underpinned der/gelbe/klang as the primary contemporary music ensemble not only in the city of Munich but in the Free State of Bavaria.

Merino’s élan and clarity on stage have led him to engagements with orchestras mostly in Germany, including the Staatskapelle Halle, Deutsches-Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Harzer Sinfoniker, Staatsorchester Kassel, KammerAkademie Halle or the Philharmonischen Kammerorchester Wernigerode.

Working with some of the most renowned contemporary music ensembles in Austria, Germany and Italy is also key in Armando’s conducting career. His numerous engagements have led him to work with the Schallfeld Ensemble, mdi ensemble, NAMES Ensemble, Ensemble Interface, Divertimento Ensemble, Collegium Novum Zürich, Ensemble Sillages or the Windkraft Kapelle für neue Musik, appearing in festivals including Wien Modern, Münchner Opernfestspiele, Aspekte Salzburg, Dialoge Salzburg, Impuls Festival, März Musik Berlin or Ultraschall Berlin.

Born in Madrid, Armando Merino studied Orchestral Conducting at the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC) with Jordi Mora and at the University of Music (SUM) of the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana under the guidance of Arturo Tamayo. Merino has continued his studies being invited to masterclasses with conductors including Pierre Boulez, Titus Engel, Peter Rundel, Michael Luig and Pierre-Andre Valade. He also had assisted conductors as Juanjo Mena, Peter Rundel, Fabián Panisello, Michael Wendeberg, Francesco Angelico and Arturo Tamayo.

Experience

In 2022, Armando Merino has begun a new entrance in film music conducting, offering the world premiere of Olav Lervik’s music for Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s silent movie, ‘Nosferatu’, during the centenary of its premiere.

Equally passionate about modern stage music, in 2019 Merino made his successful debut at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper conducting the world premiere of Felix Leutschner’s opera ‘Requiem für einen Lebenden’, as well as conducting the world premiere of Sara Glojnarić’s first opera ‘Pray, Chuck, come hither’ at the  Taschenopernfestival Salzburg. Back in 2014, Armando Merino conducted the Spanish premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s monumental ‘La bocca, i piedi, il suono’ with Sigma Project.

Due to his duties as a conductor, Armando Merino has worked with some of the most relevant current composers including Mark Andre, Hans Abrahamsen, Elena Mendoza, Pierluigi Billone, Vykintas Baltakas, Isabel Mundry or Erkki-Sven Tüür.

He has also collaborated with importante entities such as Bayerischer Rundfunk, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, ARTE tv cine-concert, 2eleven music-film, and recorded several sessions for Kairos, Mode and NEOS. A future monographic recording of works by Pierluigi BIllone is expected to be released on Kairos in late 2023.

Currently

Armando is currently working in collaboration with the Ensemble Sillages and the Collegium Novum Zürich to present, along with der/gelbe/klang, a concert with premieres of works by Justina Repečkaitė, Ezko Kikoutchi, Alvarado Bonilla, Moritz Eggert, Patrick Frank, KP Werani and Jonathan Bell. With der/gelbe/klang he is also conducting Yan Maresz’s music for René Clair’s  silent film ‘Paris qui dort’ in the next months.

Apart from his conducting engagements, Armando is also developing a current activity as a conducting lecturer, being frecquently invited by the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München as well as the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, where he usually conducts the premiere of the works presented by the students of the composition seminars. He also holds a close collaboration with the Georgia Southern University, where he regularly leads seminaris on contemporary music conducting since 2019.

Future highlights include his debut at the Staatstheater Kassel conducting several performances of Felix Leutschner’s ‘Einbruch mehrerer Dunkelheiten’, returning to conduct the ensemble of the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and his appeareance at the Tiroler Festspiele, conducting the music composed by Olav Lervik for Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s ‘Nosferatu’.

Media

Bohuslav Martinu: Partita for String Orchestra

KammerAkademie Hall.

Erkki-Sven Tüür (1959) Oxymoron

(Music for Tirol)

Der/gelbe/klang.

Luca Francesconi (1956)

Da Capo II

Der/gelbe/klang.

Interviews

Calendar

november 2023

03novAll Dayder/gelbe/klang+Ensemble New Babylon. Works by György Ligeti and world Premieres by Lucia Kilger and Alexander F. MüllerSchwere Reiter, Munich. https://www.dergelbeklang.de/event/ligeti100/

09novAll DayNAMES Ensemble. World Premiere by Georgia Koumará and other Works from Call for ScoresWien Modern in Cooperation with the IGNM-

10novAll Dayder/gelbe/klang+Ensemble New Babylon. Works by György Ligeti and world Premieres by Lucia Kilger and Alexander F. MüllerTage der neuen Musik. Bamberg

11novAll DayNAMES Ensemble. World Premiere by Georgia Koumará and other Works from Call for ScoresToihaus Salzburg in Cooperation with the IGNM-

12novAll DayNAMES Ensemble. World Premiere by Georgia Koumará and other Works from Call for ScoresVierundEinzig Innsbruck in Cooperation with the IGNM-

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