Born in 1941 in Bonn, Germany, Helmut Imig studied musicology at the University of Bonn, and piano and conducting at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. In 1964, he won a scholarship to continue his performance studies in Paris with pianist Annie D’Arco and conductor Pierre Dervaux. Mr. Imig has participated in master classes with conductors Franco Ferrara in Venice and Igor Markevitch in Madrid.
Mr. Imig began his career as Kapellmeister in various German cities, including Bremen, Munich, and Essen. He has worked with the Bamberg, Nürnberg, and Limburg symphony orchestras; the Orchestre National de Lille; the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano; Beethovenhalle Orchestra of Bonn; the Ljubljana, Lugano, and Cologne radio symphony orchestras; the Szombately, Osnabrück, and Hagen symphony orchestras; the Essen and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras; London Sinfonietta; Verdi Orchestra in Milan; and the German Film Orchestra of Babelsberg. Mr. Imig has performed in China, Mexico, Brazil, New Zealand, Russia, Israel, and Italy, specializing in avant-garde music, children’s programs, and silent films, for which he resurrected many original scores by Saint-Saëns, Mascagni, Hindemith, Shostakovich, Milhaud, and other composers.
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