Whether as an opera conductor, orchestra leader, festival director or book author: Ingo Metzmacher is consistently committed to music, especially of the 20th and 21st centuries. Making new things audible and familiar things audible new: this has been his great passion since the beginning of his versatile career. Born in Hanover, Metzmacher studied piano, music theory, and conducting in his home- town, as well as in Salzburg and Cologne. Ingo Metzmacher was General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, Chief Conductor at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin. Since 2016 he has been the Artistic Director of the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen. His latest projects include the world premiere of Johannes Maria Staud’s Die Weiden in Vienna, new productions of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mzensk in Paris and Enescu’s Œdipe and Luigi Nono’s Intolleranza 1960 at the Salzburg Festival, as well as the French premiere of Rihm’s Jakob Lenz at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Ingo Metzmacher is a frequent guest at world-famous orchestras and opera houses and is the author of the books Don’t Be Afraid of New Sounds und Curtain Up! Discovering and Experiencing Opera.