Jürgen Bruns is artistic director of Kammersymphonie Berlin, chief conductor of KOS Ljubljana, the Orchestra of Slovenian Composers, and chief conductor of ECCO, European Community Composers Orchestra.
With his extensive repertory Jürgen Bruns is often invited as guest conductor to orchestras all over Europe. He conducted more than 70 world premieres in recent years and his interpretations of the classical and romantic repertoire have been praised highly.
Jürgen Bruns is renowned mostly for his performances and recordings of re-discovered compositions of classical modernism and ostracised music of the early 20th century. Working with these compositions has become a matter near to his heart, especially as a German conductor of the younger generation.
Jürgen Bruns is held in high esteem for his conceptual concert programming and for his cooperation with other art forms. He has been awarded with several prizes.
Born in Greifswald, Jürgen Bruns started to learn several instruments and gave his first solo performance with orchestra at the age of nine. He later studied violin and became a member of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin in 1988. At the same time he took up conducting classes with Rolf Reuter, Gilbert Varga and Charles Bruck and at the “Pierre Monteux School” in the USA.
In order to devote his time more intensively to conducting, he gave up his position at the Konzerthausorchster in 1991. He then founded the Kammersymphonie Berlin, which has since become one of the most renowned German chamber orchestras. Jürgen Bruns cooperates often with famous theatre directors such as the late Peter Zadek or Roland Emmerich.
Jürgen Bruns has so far conducted more than 100 works for CD (for labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, EDA, Capriccio, Hännsler Classics, Sony) as well as film and radio recordings. From 2006 to 2009, he also was artistic director of the CD series “Club 100″ at Deutsche Grammophon.