German conductor Johanna Malangré was recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Orchestre National de Picardie from September 2022. She is also currently Assistant Conductor at the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra aswell as Music Director of the HIDALGO Festival Orchestra.
Johanna has been noted for her contagious musicality and imaginative leadership. She is breaking new ground with her unconventional programmes and new concert formats aimed at introducing a more diverse audience to classical orchestral music. After a masterclass with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the musicians praised her as 'a natural conductor'.
Forthcoming debuts include projects with the Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel, Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Wiener Kammerorchester, and Orchestre de Bretagne.
At the 2019 MAWOMA Conducting Competition in Vienna, Johanna was awarded the 1st prize and orchestra prize by a jury chaired by Director of the Teatro alla Scala, Dominque Meyer. She began her career at the Chamber Opera Cologne as Assistant Conductor collaborating on numerous productions. In the past she has conducted productions of `Rusalka´ and `La nozze del Figaro´ and worked with the Staatstheater Cottbus Orchestra and the Meininger Hofkapelle. She was Assistant Conductor with the Bergische Symphoniker in the 2016/2017 season.
A graduate of the renowned conducting class of Prof. Johannes Schläfli in Zurich, Johanna has been coached by mentors including Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, Nicolas Pasquet and Reinhard Goebel.