Dutch conductor Antony Hermus has an infectiously positive approach to music and life, and a natural talent for encouraging musicians and singers to give their very best. His dramatic flair, sense of line and clear-sighted approach have impressed orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Royal Concertgebouw, Suisse Romande, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, MDR Leipzig Symphony, Residentie Orkest, Netherlands Philharmonic and Radio Philharmonic, and the Paris Opera orchestra.
He was Music Director in Dessau from 2009, where he was nominated “Conductor of the Year” by Opernwelt in 2010, 2011 and 2012, ending his tenure in summer 2015 with his first Ring cycle and promotion to Honorary Conductor. Before Dessau he had progressed from repetiteur to Music Director (aged 29) in Hagen, winning many awards for his work there. Since then he has guest-conducted operas in Stuttgart Komische Oper Berlin, at the Opéra de Paris studio,and Dutch Reisopera. Debuts in 2016 include Gothenburg Opera (Verdi Macbeth) and the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg (Cunning Little Vixen).
Symphonic guesting in 2016/17 includes returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Seoul Philharmonic, and his debuts with the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Flemish Philharmonic orchestras. He takes the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (of which he is Artistic Advisor) to the Berlin Konzerthaus, and the North Netherlands Orchestra (of which he is Principal Guest) to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
His symphonic repertoire has at its heart the great Romantic symphonies and 20th century masterworks, but he also has a talent for contemporary music, conducted several times in the Philharmonia’s Music of Today series, led the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra at the Swedish Composer Festival 2013 at the Stockholm Konserthuset featuring Unsuk Chin, and conducted the MDR Symphony in the IMPULS festival for modern music.
In Summer 2016 CPO released his revelatory recording with the Bamberg Symphony of tone poems by the Dutch late Romantic composer Diepenbrock. His discography on the same label includes works by Diepenbrock’s compatriot Johann Wagenaar, and by the late Romantic composer August Klughardt, also Auber’s opera La Muette de Portici, recorded in Dessau. Whilst in Hagen he recorded Mahler 1 and a symphonic version of Tristan und Isolde.
Born in Holland, Antony Hermus started playing the piano at the age of six. He studied piano with Jacques de Tiège at the Tilburg Music Conservatory and conducting with Jac van Steen and Georg Fritzsch.
Göteborgs-Posten, May 2016
fantastic precision, both in rhythm and sound…. (Verdi’s Macbeth) was outstandingly well portrayed.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, May 2015
Outgoing Music Director Antony Hermus conducted this “Ring” decisively, with care and vigilance – as one would expect from this very gifted musician.
Telegraaf, September 2015
Hermus proved that there lurks a fearsome Mahler Conductor in him