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Hansjörg Schellenberger is a German oboist and conductor born in 1948. Winner of the first prize at the German Jugend Musiziert Competition when he was only seventeen, he earned a scholarship enabling him to further his education at the International Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.
Afterwards, he continued his studies in Munich with Manfred Clement and attended master classes with Heinz Holliger. During this period, he took part in numerous concerts, many of them dedicated to contemporary music, and obtained first prizes in several international competitions such as the ARD in Munich, and the Culture Prizes in Bayern and North Rhine-Westphalia.
He was oboe soloist of the Cologne Radio Orchestra throughout the seventies, and of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 1980 to 2001, playing throught those years under the baton of conductors such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, and Claudio Abbado.
He also dedicated to chamber music, with groups such as the Wind Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Ensemble Wien-Berlin. In 1991, he founded the Berliner-Hadyn-Konzerte cycle, and has recorded Beethoven’s and Mozart’s “Piano and Wind Quintets” and Poulanc’s “Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon” with James Levine and Milan Turkovik.
As an orchestra conductor, he has been invited by several prestigious orchestras as guest conductor, such as the Camerata Salzburg, National Orchestra of Spain, NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.
Regarding his pedagogical activity, from 1981 to 1991 he taught at the Universität der Künste Berlin, was Guest Professor at the Chigiana Academy in Siena, and since the 2000-2001 academic year, he is Professor of the Oboe Chair at the Reina Sofía School of Music. He currently is also Head Professor of the Winds Department of the International Institute of Chamber Music of Madrid.