General Information

Even before his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt, attending courses of Hans-Dieter Resch and Aloys Ickstadt, he discovered his passion for conducting.

At the age of eighteen he gained his first experience as choir
master. During his career as a musician, which he began as a very promising pianist and chamber musician, conducting became more and more important to him. Throughout the past years he worked as guest conductor of various orchestras together with eminent soloists of international reputation, such as Liana Issekadze, Michela Petri, Wladimir Krainjew, Anatol Ugorski and others.

In October 2000 he was appointed
Principal Guest Conductor of the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra in Tiflis. Invitations to international festivals followed, such as – among others – the Borjomi Festival of Arts.In October 2001, as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, he founded the World Chamber Orchestra, an orchestra formation of selected musicians from many different nations.

Uwe Berkemer is the initiator, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Caucasian Chamber Orchestra, which is the most important peace initiative in the Caucasus region.    

If asked about  the concerts most important to him personally, Bekemer will mention two events: His violin concert played for the first time with Liana Issakadze and the State Lutoslawski Philharmonic Orchestra Wroclaw (Breslau) in September 2000, at the International Music Festival Dietzenbach and then an official memorial concert in honor of the 50th anniversary of Sergej Prokofjew’s death, which he conducted at the invitation of Georgia I April of 2003 in Tiflis.

Furthermore he shows great interst in rediscovering unknown opera, like the reproduction (including the re-edition in cooperation with Frundner-Edition, Munich) of a symphony by Bach’s grandson, Friedrich Ernst Bach (1759 – 1845) in 2000, or in the 80’s a reproduction of the first edition of Robert Schumann’s “Der Rose Pilgerpfad” (The Pilgrimage of the Rose), for choir, soloists and piano.