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Dirk Joeres
Born in Bonn, Dirk Joeres studied conducting and piano in Berlin, Cologne and London, and composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, the grande dame of twentieth-century musical life. Winning first prize at the International Piano Competition in Vercelli (1972), touring extensively and appearing at international festivals (including Berlin and Prague Spring), Dirk Joeres initially established a very successful career as a pianist, before extending into conducting. In 1987 he was appointed Artistic Director of the West German Sinfonia. On the occasion of their début at the Großen Festspielhaus in Salzburg, the press wrote: ‘the orchestra is superbly grounded in technical discipline and tonal balance. Joeres belongs to those conductors who certainly know how to make music speak.’