Bernhard Gueller

Bernhard Gueller has been music director or principal conductor of several orchestras, including the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and  the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra (CTPO) .   When he conducted his final concert in Nuremberg, he was lauded for the quality of the orchestra he had built up.   He is currently principal guest conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic (CPO). He was also principal guest conductor of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and from 2013-16 principal guest conductor of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in BC, Canada.  

His conducting career has taken him to many top concert halls from America and Australia to Russia, Japan, China, Korea, South Africa and Brazil, as well as countries in Europe such as Spain, Italy, France,  Bulgaria, Norway and Sweden and his native Germany.   Orchestras he has conducted include the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the City of Barcelona  Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony  in America,  the Orchestre-de-Bretagne and Orchestra of the Loire in  France, the Kanagawa Symphony Orchestra in Yokohama, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Calagary, Edmonton and Victoria Symphony Orchestras in Canada.

He has also conducted at various festivals, including Schwetzingen in Germany, the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa and the Scotia Festival of Music in Canada.

As principal conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Gueller took the orchestra to the 16th International Festival of Music in the Canary Islands,  where the CTPO represented the continent of Africa. He took the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra on a tour of several cities in northern Germany, and also gave a concert in the Berlin Konserthaus.

Gueller has collaborated with many leading soloists such as violinists Joshua Bell and James Ehnes,  cellists Daniel Mueller-Schott, Maria Kliegel, Claudio Bohorquez and David Geringas; pianists Ivo Pogorelich, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Lars Vogt, Janina Fialkowska, Peter Donohoe, Anton Kuerti, John Kimura Parker and Wayne Marshall and Jan Lisiecki, trumpeter Maurice Andre, singer Measha Bruggergosman, and entertainers Lionel Ritchie and  David Foster.

He  is acknowledged for the work he has done with youth orchestras in South Africa, Germany and Nova Scotia and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Dalhousie University in Halifax in 2009 in recognition of his “outstanding personal achievements.”