Peter Gülke

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Peter Ludwig Gülke (born April 29, 1934 in Weimar ) is a German conductor , musicologist and music writer.

Life and musical work

Peter Gülke passed his Abitur in Weimar in 1952. This was followed by studies ( violoncello , musicology , Romance studies and German studies ) at the Hochschule für Musik Weimar and the universities of Jena and Leipzig from 1952 to 1957 . He then taught at the University of Leipzig. In 1958 he received his doctorate in Leipzig with Heinrich Besseler .

From 1959 to 1964 he was repetitor , dramaturge and Kapellmeister at the Theater Rudolstadt , from 1964 to 1965 musical head director at the Theater der Altmark in Stendal , from 1966 to 1969 chief conductor at the Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam and from 1972 to 1976 chief conductor at the Stralsund Theater . From 1976 to 1981 he was Kapellmeister of the Dresden State Opera , lecturer at the Dresden University of Music and director of the university orchestra . In 1980 he was a visiting professor at Harvard . From 1981 to 1983 he was general music director of the Staatskapelle Weimar at the German National Theater in Weimar .

After a guest performance in Hamburg in 1983, Gülke stayed in the Federal Republic of Germany, where he completed his habilitation in 1984 at the TU Berlin . In 1985 he was a visiting professor in Bochum . From 1986 to 1996 he was general music director of the city of Wuppertal . In 1994 he became a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry in Darmstadt . In 1998 he received the Bavarian Literature Prize (Karl Vossler Prize) for scientific representations of literary rank.

From 1996 to 2000 Gülke was Professor of Conducting at the State University of Music Freiburg and from 1999 to 2002 Professor of Musicology at the University of Basel . From June 2011 to June 2014 he was President of the Saxon Academy of the Arts . Peter Gülke has been chief conductor of the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra since 2015 . Gülke lives in Weimar .

Guest performances

Guest performances as a conductor have taken Peter Gülke to the Federal Republic of Germany, Switzerland, the USA and Austria. He is a regular guest of leading orchestras and opera houses across Europe. In Japan he played with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo.

Many contemporary works owe their premieres to him, and he has made forgotten works accessible again.

Honors and prizes


Peter Gülke made complete recordings of the symphonic fragments by Franz Schubert with the Staatskapelle Dresden as well as works by Schönberg , Berg and Webern with the chamber orchestra of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie , Udo Zimmermann's opera Der Schuhu und die flying princess (here he also directed the world premiere). There are also recordings of music at Anna Amalia's court ( Anna Amalia , Ernst Wilhelm Wolf , Johann Friedrich Reichardt , Carl Eberwein , Franz Seraph Destouches ) and works by Beethoven , Britten , Baird , Benda , Glasunow , Kirchner , Leyendecker , Ravel , Schubert , Schumann , Tscherepnin and Schreker .


He is the editor of symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert (symphonic fragments), the memoirs by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry and the music writings by Jean-Jacques Rousseau .


  • The typeface of polyphonic music. Leipzig 1972.
  • Music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Leipzig 1973.
  • Monks, citizens, minstrels. Music in the Society of the European Middle Ages. Leipzig 1975.
  • Rousseau and the music. Wilhelmshaven 1984.
  • Brahms, Bruckner. Two studies. Kassel and Basel 1989.
  • Schubert and his time. Laaber 1991.
  • Vanishing point music. Reflections of a conductor between East and West. Kassel, Stuttgart and Weimar 1994.
  • Triumph of the new art of music. Mozart's last symphonies and their environment. Kassel, Stuttgart and Weimar 1998.
  • "... always with the whole thing in mind". Studies on Beethoven. Stuttgart 2000.
  • The language of music. Essays on music from Bach to Holliger. Munich and Kassel 2001.
  • Guillaume Du Fay. The music of the 15th century. Stuttgart 2003.
  • Kick-off epilogues. Kassel, Stuttgart and Weimar 2006.
  • Robert Schumann. Luck and misery of romanticism , Zsolnay Verlag, Munich 2010 ISBN 978-3-552-05492-9
  • Culture in Weimar. Weimarer Verl.-Ges., Weimar 2011.
  • Against the tide and with the times. Saxon Academy of the Arts, Dresden 2011.
  • From Bach to Beethoven. Kassel 2014.
  • Music and farewell. Kassel, Stuttgart and Weimar 2015.
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Stuttgart 2017.
  • Conductors. Hildesheim 2017.
  • My Weimar. Insel Verlag, Berlin 2019.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Winner of the Karl Vossler Prize ( Memento of the original from June 27, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture, Science and Art @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Peter Gülke becomes chief conductor of the Brandenburger Symphoniker ( Memento of the original from November 4, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice., accessed October 22, 2014. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. ↑ Medal awards 2017