Omer Meir Wellber, the World renowned conductor, has been appointed to lead the world famous BBC Philharmonic.
The symphony orchestra is maintained by the BBC, they mostly play live concerts at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the United Kingdom with frequent tours of the country and international venues.
In addition, to live concerts, the BBC Philharmonic has produced over 150 recorded works including British film scores.
Omer Meir Wellber takes over the role from Juanjo Mena ( Juan José Mena ), the award-winning Spanish conductor, who has helmed the orchestra for the past eight years.
Omer Meir Wellber has firmly cemented his place as one of today’s leading conductors. He has worked with some of the world’s top ensembles including the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, London Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Born in 1981 in Be’er Sheva, Israel, he started his musical journey at the age of five when he began training on the accordion and piano, later becoming interested in composition.
In 1999, Omer Meir Wellber graduated from the highly respected Be’er Sheva conservatoire. After graduating, he took up a scholarship from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation, continuing to study from 2000 to 2008 under the guidance of professor Eugene Zirlin at the Jerusalem Music Academy.
Omer Meir Wellber busy schedule for the coming months
His work with the orchestra will mean conducting in its concert series in Manchester. Additionally, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct at the BBC Proms in London and take on international tours.
All the concerts will be recorded or broadcast live on the BBC radio station, Radio 3. There will also be concerts around the North of England including in Leeds and Nottingham with many more performances scheduled up and down the United Kingdom.
Omer Meir Wellber shares mutual respect
Omer Meir Wellber told the BBC website ” I first worked with the BBC Philharmonic in March and knew straight away that they were a very special group of people and exceptional musicians. Manchester and the whole region is an incredibly rich area culturally, so I can hardly wait to start planning seasons to come. ”
The news has been well received by the orchestra. The General Manager of the BBC Philharmonic, Simon Webb, said of the appointment ” Having seen Omer conducting a number of orchestras over the last year I have been fortunate to have experienced his brilliance first hand in a wide range of repertoire. His immediate connection with the BBC Philharmonic was evident in his first concert, and we are now delighted to have secured one of the most sought-after young conductors of his generation.”
Official Website: Omermeirwellber.com