He never chose an easy path. Enoch zu Guttenberg always followed his deepest convictions - he never just went with the flow; often he went against it. As one of the most notable conductors of our time he has dealt with music in a way that shook up critics and audiences alike, and which brought him international recognition. His career has been accentuated by performances of symphonic and sacred works on the international stage. He has conducted the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Bamberg
Symphony, the NDR Radio Orchestra, the Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, the MDR Symphony
Orchestra, the Nouvelle Orchestre Philharmonique Paris, among others.
In particular the collaboration with two very special ensembles Guttenberg's artistic vision and
musical philosophy came to life: the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern, which he has led since 1967,
and the Orchestra KlangVerwaltung, where he has been artistic director since 1997.
KlangVerwaltung is comprised of musicians from leading European symphony and opera
orchestras, as weil as internationally acclaimed soloists and chamber music ensembles.
The basis of Enoch zu Guttenberg's and his ensembles' interpretations is a symbiosis of
historically informed performance practice combined with the unconditional, imperative orientation
towards content and threfeore resulting emotionality. This is true for all the major works of the
Baroque, Viennese Classics, the Romantic and Late Romantic eras, as weil as selected
compositions from the twentieth century. Guttenberg, together with the Chorgemeinschaft
Neubeuern and KlangVerwaltung, has celebrated the greatest success at many important festivals,
in the Vienna Musikverein, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, in China at the Hong Kong Music
Festival and the Beijing Music Festival in 2009, as weil as at St Martin in the Fields in London. A
performance of Verdi's 'Messada Requiem' at the Vatican in honour of Pope Benedict XVI was a
particular highlight of the 2010 concert season.
Since 2000, Enoch zu Guttenberg has been the artistic director of the International
Herrenchiemsee Festival. Guttenberg there has created a unique concept with the dramaturge
Klaus J. Schönmetzler, which is not only characterized by his personality and his convictions, but
also incorporates the special history of the locality.
Even if music is always central to his activity and creativity, Guttenberg is also a highly exposed
and respected persona in German public life. Whether as a persistent admonisher and visionary in
the field of environmental policy, or as a successful promoter of cultural links between East and
West - Enoch zu Guttenberg's upbringing taught him to bring together political and artistic
commitment as an act of civil obligation. He has received many awards for his work over the years,
amongst them the Deutsche Kulturpreis and the Cross First Classof the German Order of Merit.
Enoch zu Guttenberg's musical work has been documented on numerous radio and TV
productions, as weil as CD recordings. Together with the Orchester der KlangVerwaltung, he
received the ECHO Klassik in the category 'Symphonie Recording of the Year, Music of the
Nineteenth Century' for the CD of Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, the 'Romantic' on