In the course of a long international career embracing several different fields of musical activity, Hansjörg Schellenberger has made a well-respected name for himself as an excellent solo oboist with the Berlin Philharmonic, as founder of an ensemble, as a conductor with wide orchestral experience, and as a deeply committed teacher.
The legendary Jan Koetsier instructed him in the use of the baton while Schellenberger – who was incidentally also an academic mathematician – was studying what was to become the focus of his attention with Manfred Clement. Thus it happened that he was never just an oboist. Decades of observing, scrutinising scores and comparing interpretations at first hand on the podium or in the orchestra pit all combined to form the basis of a second career that has now extended into the international sphere.
Amongst the many high-quality orchestras which regularly welcome Schellenberger on to their rostrums are the Camerata Salzburg, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Orchestra Verdi of Milan, the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana and the German Radio Philharmonic of Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern.
Hansjörg Schellenberger was appointed chief conductor of the Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2013 for two years. His contract was renewed initially until 2019 and has now been extended for another three years, until 2022, in view of their exceptionally close and successful collaboration.
The artist has demonstrated his work as a musician on more than fifty CDs with all the major recording firms. Moreover, 1997 he founded his own label, Campanella Musica, on which he himself is represented with works by composers such as Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Joseph Haydn, and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as with a French baroque program and various works by modern classical composers.