Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, SWR/cpo, 2020
conductor / maestro al cembalo
Jörg Halubek is one of the most promising early music specialists, not only as a conductor, but also as a harpsichordist and organist. In the coming season, he will make his debut with the Freiburger Barockorchester with Händel’s “Saul”. Other highlights include the provisional conclusion of his regular engagements in Kassel, initiated in 2012, with Händel’s “Alcina”, and the fourth part of the Monteverdi cycle in Mannheim begun in 2017 with his Baroque orchestra il Gusto Barocco, with “L’Orfeo”. As well, the new Stuttgart music series initiated with il Gusto Barocco last year will continue this year. In addition to exploring new repertoire, Jörg Halubek will continue experimenting with new concert formats with installations and digital formats.
In 2020 he conducted Händel’s “Acis and Galatea”, the first Ukrainian Händel production ever in the scope of Open Opera Ukraine, the Baroque opera platform. Il Gusto Barocco was invited to be the festival orchestra at the Ansbach Bach Week in 2019, where it attracted a great deal of attention. He has conducted in recent years at the Komische Oper Berlin, the National Theatre Mannheim, the State Theatre Kassel, the Händel Festival in Halle, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, the Wuppertal Opera House and at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, among other appearances. He has worked together with, among others, the directors Harry Kupfer, Calixto Bieito, Lorenzo Fioroni, Markus Bothe, Stephan Müller and Jochen Biganzoli.
As conductor, Jörg Halubek is particularly interested in the dramatic timeliness of early works. Thus, it is important to him to invest in collaborating with directors, bringing along flexibility for the dramatic concept. Understanding works from the spirit of their composition creates the basis for him to tap into the freedoms of early music interpretatively for new readings – both musically and scenically.
Besides working as a conductor, Jörg Halubek has been active as harpsichordist and organist both in Germany and abroad since winning the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2004. His expertise in working with early music is proven by award-winning recordings of works for keyboard instruments and violin with the Baroque violinist Leila Schayegh: Johann Sebastian Bach’s in 2016 and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s in 2014.
In 2019 he started his multimedia project “Bach Organ Landscapes”, a complete recording of Bach’s organ works on original instruments with additional material accessible online. Last year, he published the first two albums with Berlin Classics. There will follow two additional double albums in the Organ Year 2021, which will focus on Bach’s examination of the northern German organ landscape.
The professor for historical keyboard instruments at Stuttgart’s State University of Music studied sacred music, organ and harpsichord in Stuttgart and Freiburg with Jon Laukvik and Robert Hill. He specialised in historical performance practice with Jesper Christensen and Andrea Marcon at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.