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Musical career

Timo Jouko Herrmann is internationally renowned for his research into 18th century Italian composer Antonio Salieri.

His publications are recognized as the authoritative sources on the life and work of Salieri and have been cited in leading German musicological journal Die Musikforschung and in New Yorker magazine.

His rediscovery of Per la ricuperata salute di Ofelia KV 477a, a cantata composed by Salieri and Mozart, brought Herrmann to the world’s attention. He attended the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, studying composition under Ulrich Leyendecker and musicology under Hermann Jung, with whom he completed his PhD on Salieri’s German-language stage works.

He studied conducting under Klaus Arp. Herrmann received many accolades as a student, including the composition prize awarded by SAP and the Walldorf municipality, the international Graun Brothers Prize for young musicians, and scholarships from the Wilhelm-Müller-Stiftung, the Yehudi Menuhin – Live Music Now organization, and the Händel-Akademie Karlsruhe.

He has composed for the Gewandhaus Leipzig concert hall (Fünf Fabeln nach Jean de la Fontaine), the Dortmund Opera House (Hamlet – Sein oder Nichtsein), and the Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim (Fama).

His compositions are published by Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag Leipzig and Verlag Neue Musik Berlin. He has devised and served as the music consultant on various CD recordings. His work with the Mannheimer Mozartorchester was nominated for a Grammy. As a conductor, he specializes in the music of the Classical and Early Romantic periods, and the contemporary era, his repertoire spanning symphony, oratorio, and opera.

Since 2014, Herrmann has appeared regularly as guest conductor of the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, and toured with it throughout Germany. The first CD they produced together, Salieri – strictly private, was nominated in three categories for Germany’s OPUS KLASSIK classical music award in 2020.

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