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Stefan Malzew


A versatile musician, Stefan Malzew is one of Germany's foremost advocates of increasing the accessibility of classical music.  He has brought classical masterpieces to the German masses through his chamber orchestra version of the Magic Flute, a semi-staged version of Wagner's Tannhäuser and transcriptions of Tosca and La Bohème for small opera theaters.  His special presentations such as Mozart250, Sunday at Four, Concert Nights of Neubrandenburg, a prizewinning YouTube project entitled Stefans Musikworkshop and his own radio show for children, have allowed the German public to discover classical music in new ways.


Mr. Malzew is also a gifted composer, having created several original pieces including chamber music works; two operas (Das Opernpupp and Libuschas Tod); a prize-winning concerto for clarinet and orchestra; four concertos for jazz quartet and orchestra; a concerto for three flutes and orchestra, which was commissioned by the summer music festival of Mecklenburg; and Fragen an Mozart.  As an arranger, he created the successful project MoJazzArt and arranged works for Ute Lemper and the Vogler Quartet.

Stefan Malzew studied conducting, composition, clarinet, and piano at the College of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin. After completing his studies, he worked as a conductor at the State Theater in Schwerin from 1987-2000 and was the Music Director at the Theater in Gießen from 2000-2002.  Mr. Malzew currently serves as the Music Director of the Neubrandenburg Orchestra, is the founder of youth orchestra festival "Baltikum 2004" and appears regularly as a pianist with his own orchestra and numerous chamber groups.

Stefan Malzew