Eva Meitner

Eva Meitner is a German conductor of French-German origin. Since January 2015 she is chief conductor of the Sinfonisches Orchester Hoyerswerda and since 2018 chief conductor of the Freies Orchester Leipzig. She plays also piano/harmonium at Duo TastoCorno since 2017. Since 2019 she has a collaboration with the Festival „Silesia Sonans” in Jelenia Góra (Poland) where she is conducting the German-Polish Orchestra of the festival. In 2022 she conducted the winds and brass ensemble of the Bundesamateurorchester, in 2023 she returned as tutor of the winds of this orchestra.

Since 2020 she is active on YouTube and Instagram with her “Coco” (Corona Concerts) project. At the moment she is playing the whole piano cycle “The Year” by Fanny Hensel, every month a new musical month, divided into social media friendly little video snippets. She started in November 2022 with “November” and will end in October 2023 with “October”.

Eva Meitner has a very special interest on works by female composers. She conducted an all female composers programme with works from Amy Beach, Alice Mary Smith, Fanny Hensel, Ethel Smyth and Susanne Hardt at the Festival of Lights Leipzig in October 2018 with Freies Orchester Leipzig in front of 15000 people. In February 2019 she conducted a CD recording session with Filmorchester Babelsberg with works from 11 women composers of the female composers' collective Track15. In February 2022 she returned to record with Track15 and the Filmorchester Babelsberg again.

From 2015 to 2023 she was conducting teacher at Erfurt university.

From 2017 to 2020 she was mentor at the Mentoring arts programme of the Leipzig Musikhochschule.

In March 2015 she participated in a conducting workshop with Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic in Luslawice, Poland. In September 2015 she participated in a conducting masterclass with Kurt Masur at Gewandhaus Leipzig and a conducting masterclass with Hamburger Symphoniker with Prof. Ulrich Windfuhr and Prof. David de Villiers in Hamburg. In 2013-16 she assisted the deputy General Music Director Anthony Bramall in productions at Leipzig Opera (Stravinsky "The Rake's Progress", Gounod "Faust", Donizetti "Don Pasquale", Brecht/Weill “Die Dreigroschenoper”, Puccini “Madama Butterfly”, Bernstein "Trouble in Tahiti"/Barber "A hand of bridge", Rachmaninov piano concertos 2&3, Puccini "Madama Butterfly", Humperdinck "Dornröschen", Rossini “Cenerentola”).

During her school years Eva Meitner studied violin, flute, piano and voice. In the years 2003-2009 Eva Meitner successfully completed her general music studies (main subject: "conducting") at the University of Music Trossingen. In the years 2011-2013 Eva Meitner studied "Master of conducting" (orchestral conducting with Mr. Martin Hoff, choir conducting with Prof. Jürgen Puschbeck) at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar. During the season 13/14 she was artistic and musical director of the Werkstattorchester Dresden. In 2014 she obtained a bursary from the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation and conducted Mozart’s “Entführung aus dem Serail” at Pforzheim theatre. Furthermore she was one of the International Opera Awards Foundation bursary recipients 2014.

Conducting the Hochschulsinfonieorchester Trossingen, Jena Philharmonic, Werkstattorchester Dresden, Sinfonisches Orchester Hoyerswerda, Kammerakademie Halle/Saale Badische Philharmonie Pforzheim, Landeskapelle Eisenach, Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg, Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic, Hamburger Symphoniker, Mitteldeutsches Kammerorchester and members of the MDR-Sinfonieorchester and the Gewandhausorchester (conducting masterclass 2014 Mendelssohnhaus Leipzig) Eva Meitner could already get some important experience in conducting professional orchestras.

Eva Meitner completed her studies by listening to rehearsals at Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Leipzig Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, MDR Sinfonieorchester and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.