Heribert Beissel

Heribert Beissel (born 27 March 1933, Wesel, Germany) is a German orchestra conductor. He is perhaps best known for conducting works by 19th century Romantic composers, such as Chopin. His discography covers composers from Bach to Debussy. He is an alumnus of the Hochschule für Musik Köln where he studied conducting with Günter Wand and composition with Frank Martin. He began his conducting career in Bonn, and in 1968 founded the Chur Cölnischen Chor Bonn, which he still directs. He was the chief conductor of the Hamburger Symphoniker for 14 years, and director of the Folkwang-Kammerorchesters at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen from 1979-1984. In 1986 he founded the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, which he still directs. From 1991-1999 he was director of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchesters Halle, and is also the founder and director of the Landesjugendorchester Sachsen-Anhalt. From 2001-2006 he was director of the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchesters in Frankfurt (Oder). During the 2009/2010 concert season he will conduct the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt and the Chur Cölnischer Choir Bonn.