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Meet the conductors of the 2024 session!


The world-renowned artist and UNESCO Global Goodwill Ambassador Tan Dun, has made an indelible mark on the world’s music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical music, multimedia performance, and Eastern and Western traditions. A winner of today’s most prestigious honors including the Grammy Award, Oscar/Academy Award, Grawemeyer Award, Bach Prize, Shostakovich Award, and most recently Italy’s Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, Tan Dun’s music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on radio and television. Most recently, Tan Dun was named as Dean of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. As dean, Tan Dun will further demonstrate music’s extraordinary ability to transform lives and guide the Conservatory in fulfilling its mission of understanding music’s connection to history, art, culture, and society.

As a conductor of innovative programs around the world, Tan Dun has led the China tours of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Japan’s NHK Symphony Orchestra. His current season includes leading the Orchestre National de Lyon in a six-city China tour, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in a four-city tour of Switzerland and Belgium as well as engagements

Tan Dun


engagements with the Rai National Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra where he was recently named Artistic Ambassador. Tan Dun currently serves as the Principle Guest Conductor of the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, Tan Dun conducted the grand opening celebration of Disneyland Shanghai which was broadcast to a record-breaking audience worldwide. Tan Dun has led the world’s most esteemed orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Münchner Philharmoniker, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, among others.


For more information about Tan Dun’s life and work please visit

Conductor of the World Youth Choir 2024

Composer of the commissioned piece Nine - Ode to Compassion


Jörn Hinnerk Andresen

Conductor of the World Youth Choir 2024

Jörn Hinnerk Andresen was born in the region of Schleswig-Holstein. He studied conducting, piano and harpsichord in Dresden and Amsterdam. After having worked in Zwickau and Koblenz, he joined the Munich Gärtnerplatztheater in 2008 as choral director and kapellmeister.


Not only has he conducted over sixty operas, operettas and musicals, but also has he performed a wide repertoire of Baroque music with the Baroque orchestra ‘Cappella Confluentes’ of which he is the founding conductor. Furthermore, he regularly worked for over five years with the choir of the Vienna State Opera at the Salzburg Festival and has been frequently invited to conduct the radio choirs of several German broadcasting stations, Danish Radio and Radio France.


Since February 2015, Jörn Hinnerk Andresen is the choral director of the Saxon State Opera Choir Dresden. He is closely associated with ensembles such as Lauttencompagney Berlin, of which he is a regular guest conductor, Staatskapelle Halle, Vocal NORD TOMSØ, the choir of the Munich State Opera and the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle.

Having been a lecturer at the Universities of Music in Cologne and Dresden and a mentor of the German Music Council in the Choral Conductors’; Forum for several year, Jörn Andresen now holds the chair for choral conducting at the Mozarteum Salzburg for the winter semester 2019/20.


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