Prof. for Tuba / Director of the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg
© Elsa Okazaki
Deputy Head of Institute
Univ.-Prof. for recorder⋅Institute for New Music⋅Department for Wind & Percussion Instruments⋅Department of Early Music
Recorder player, ensemble leader, conductor, festival director and university professor Dorothee Oberlinger is one of today's internationally influential personalities in the field of early music. She has been awarded national and international music prizes such as the Opus Klassik (2020, Instrumentalist of the Year), Echo Klassik, the Diapason d'Or, the ICMA Award and the Telemann Prize of the City of Magdeburg.
Since 2002 she has been working as a soloist with the Ensemble 1700, which she founded, as well as with renowned baroque ensembles and orchestras such as the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, Musica Antiqua Köln, Arte del Mondo, B'Rock, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Academy of Ancient Music, Al Ayre Espagnol, Il Suonar Parlante, Zefiro or Concerto Cologne. After studying in Cologne, Amsterdam and Milan (in the subjects recorder, school music and German) she made her international debut in 1997 with first prize in the international competition SRP/Moeck UK in London in the Wigmore Hall. Since then, there have been numerous invitations to most of the major festivals and concert halls such as the Grand Théâtre Bordeaux, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Laeszhalle Hamburg, KKL Luzern, Tonhalle Zurich, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Théatre Champs-Elysees Paris or DeSingel Antwerp. etc. In addition to her intensive involvement with Baroque music, Dorothee Oberlinger also dedicates herself to contemporary music and avant-garde, for example she was involved in the 2009 album "Touch" by the Swiss pop duo Yello. Since 2004 she has been a professor at the Mozarteum University, where she headed the Institute for Early Music from 2008 to 2018 and developed it into an internationally recognized institution for the study of historical performance practice. She is festival director of two important early music festivals in Germany, the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival and the Bad Arolsen Baroque Festival. She made her international debut as an opera conductor at the 2017 Göttingen Handel Festival with the Handel production Lucio Cornelio Silla, followed by the operas "Polifemo" by Bononcini (2019), the Telemann opera "Pastorelle en musique" (2021) and currently the production "I portentosi effetti de la madre natura" by Giuseppe Scarlatti (2022). In 2022, the federal program NEUSTART KULTUR is funding the scenic production of the serenata "Il giardino d'amore" by Alessandro Scarlatti under the direction of Dorothee Oberlinger with her Ensemble 1700. Other planned baroque opera projects will be carried out in the period 2022 to 2024 by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine -Westfalen NRW funded for a period of three years. Dorothee Oberlinger is an honorary citizen of her home town of Simmern. In 2021 she was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class, by the Federal President for her cultural merits.