Maximilian Otto




Double Bass Player





Maximilian Otto was born in Chemnitz in 1998. He was a student at the "Sächsisches Landesgymnasium für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden", in the major subjects piano and double bass and in the minor subject composition. He completed his bachelor’s degree in orchestra conducting at the "Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden" with Prof. Ekkehard Klemm and Prof. Steffen Leißner in 2022 with top grade. Since October 2022 he has been continuing his master's degree in orchestral conducting at the "Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar" with Prof. Nicolás Pasquet and Prof. Ekhart Wycik. At the beginning of the 2023/2024 season he will be 2. Kapellmeister at Die Theater Chemnitz.

Maximilian Otto is a prizewinner of the 11th conducting competition of the central German music academies, in which he conducted his own world premiere with the MDR Symphony Orchestra in the prizewinners' concert. He has also been a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) since 2019. He has already worked with orchestras such as the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Sinfonietta Dresden, the Staatsoperetta Dresden, the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, the Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen and the Filharmonie Hradec Kralové. He has worked for certain productions as a musical assistant and/or répétiteur at the Gaechinger Cantorey (Haydn's "Creation"), at the Landesbühnen Sachsen (Marschner's "Vampyr"), the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (Strauss' "Ariadne") and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin (a children's opera production of Wagner's "Lohengrin"). He attended master classes with Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Omer-Meir Wellber, Johannes Pell, Ole Kristian Ruud and Christian Thielemann, among others. At the invitation of Christian Thielemann, he conducted the Staatskapelle Dresden in 2022 as part of the Salzburg Festival in a master class with him.



If, however, such an ambitious program has to be taken over by another conductor due to illness on the day of the first rehearsal and this is a student of 20 years who rehearses and conducts all works without compromises, that is probably the greatest of the many sensations. Maximilian Otto, himself a composer, pianist, double bass player and conducting student in the first year of studies, led this mammoth program with an astonishing overview, cautiously and without a show. He was sure to receive thanks from the audience and the orchestra - in the end everyone was beaming with one another.

Ekkehard Klemm on the anniversary concert of Sinfonietta Dresden in 2019



19:00 Uhr | Kreuzkirche Chemnitz


18:00 Uhr | Opernhaus Chemnitz


7:30 p.m. | Chemnitz Opera House