Mr. Fagen was born in New York where he began his conducting studies with Laszlo Halasz. Further studies continued at the Curtis Institute under the guidance of Max Rudolf, and both at the Salzburg Mozarteum and with Hans Swarowsky. A former assistant of both Christoph von Dohnanyi (Frankfurt Opera) and James Levine (Metropolitan Opera), Mr. Fagen's career has been marked by a string of notable appearances, he has conducted opera productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Munich State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, New York City Opera, Theatre Capitole de Toulouse, Bordeaux Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Staatstheater Stuttgart, New Israeli Opera, Baltimore Opera, Edmonton Opera, Spoleto Festival, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Stadttheater Bozen, and from 1998 to 2001, Mr. Fagen was invited regularly as Guest Conductor at the Vienna State Opera. On the concert podium, Mr. Fagen has appeared with internationally known orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Czech Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, RAI Orchestras (Torino, Naples, Milano, Roma), the Bergen Philharmonic, Prague Spring Festival, the Dutch Radio Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few.
In 2002/2007 Mr. Fagen was the Music Director of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dortmund Opera.
Arthur Fagen was first prizewinner of the "Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Conductors Competition" as well as prizewinner of the "Gino Marinuzzi International Conductors' Competition" in Italy.
Mr. Fagen has recorded for BMG, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SFB and WDR Cologne. He records regularly for Naxos, for whom he has completed the 6 symphonies of Bohuslav Martinu. The recent Naxos recording of Martinu's Piano Concertos has been awarded an Editor's Choice in the March 2010 issue of Gramophone Magazine.
After studying the oboe and conducting, Michael Helmrath began his musical career as an oboist which led to his being appointed as principal oboist with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Sergiu Celibidache, who promoted Michael Helmrath as a conductor and granted him his own series of concerts with the Munich Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.
The new series was acclaimed by the press and public alike as a great success for both the orchestra and its conductor. On account of this success, Michael Helmrath was invited by symphony and chamber orchestras in Europe and abroad (amongst others Radio Philharmonie Hannover, Augsburg Philharmonic, Halle Philharmonic Orchestra, Josef-Suk-Orchestra Prague, Seoul Sinfonietta, Schleswig-Holstein-Festival-Orchestra, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie Chemnitz). Following invitations of the German government, Michael Helmrath performed both with his orchestra and other ensembles like the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie in Eastern Europe and South America, so on a concert-tour to the old opera-houses in the north-east of Brazil.
In festivals like the "Schleswig-Holstein Musik-Festival" he worked as an assistant for conductors like Sergiu Celibidache, Leonard Bernstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Dmitri Kitajenko, Valery Gergejew, Semyon Bychkow and others. In 2000 Michael Helmrath started a new series of concerts with the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie in Munich. In 1999 he was appointed as musical director of the "Brandenburger Symphoniker". From 2000 on Michael Helmrath is artistic director of the festival "Été musical dans la vallée du Lot" in France.
born in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1964, studied at the Musikhochschule Hannover with H.-H. Jöris, 1993 - 2006 Music director of the Jungen Philharmonischen Orchesters Niedersachsen (JPON). 1995 - 1998 1. Kapellmeister of the Theater Luzern, 1998 - 2009 Generalmusikdirektor in Bielefeld. His work with the Bielefeld Philharmonic was distingished with several Prizes, et al. of the Deutscher Verlegerverband for the concert program of the season 1999/2000. Kuhn was invited to conduct the orchestras of Seongnam (Korea), Gießen, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Radio-Philharmonie of the NDR Hannover, Philharmonischen Staatsorchester Halle, Nürnberger and Münchner Symphoniker, Philharmonisches Orchester Dortmund, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, several orchestras in Poland et.al..
Since the season 2009/10 Peter Kuhn is Generalmusikdirektor of the Bergische Symphoniker in Solingen and Remscheid.
Laurent Wagner is Music Director at the theaters of Altenburg/Gera (Theater & Philharmonie Thüringen) since 2013.
It is in his native town, Lyons, where Laurent Wagner begins his musical education studying bassoon, piano, composition and chamber music before he joins the Kapellmeister class of Prof. Karl Österreicher at the Vienna Music Academy in 1982.
First engagements as Kapellmeister take him to Heidelberg, Gelsenkirchen, Wuppertal and as maestro interno at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona before he joins the Dortmund Opera as Deputy Principal Conductor, the Saarländisches Staatstheater as Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) and St.Gallen as Opera Director.
His musical career leads him to Ireland where he is Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Radio Telefís Eireann) in Dublin. In Dublin, he conducts as well many opera productions for Opera Ireland.
In concert Laurent Wagner worked with numerous orchestras like the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Irish National Symphony Orchestra (RTÉNSO), with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, furthermore in Bordeaux, Porto, Verona, Tallinn, Sao Paulo, Peking and Tokyo.
He appeared as a guest conductor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Chemnitz, in Basel and in Maastricht at Opera Zuid.