Winner of the renowned „Robert Spano Conductor Prize“ 2016, Felix Mildenberger is the Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre National de France since 2017. In the same year he won the 2nd prize at the 12th Cadaqués International Conducting Competition. He is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Symphonieorchester Crescendo Freiburg, which he founded in 2014, and had a teaching position for Orchestral Conducting at the University of Music Freiburg from 2015 until 2017. Since 2017 he is Conducting Fellow with the Dirigentenforum of the German Music Council and with the “Akademie Musiktheater heute” of the Deutsche Bank Stiftung.
Being supported and mentored by conductors such as Emmanuel Krivine, Paavo Järvi and Gerhard Markson, Felix Mildenberger has already worked with many orchestras both on national and international level. Among these are the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra de Cadaqués, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest, the Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra and others.
He has served as assistant conductor for several conductors such as Paavo Järvi, Robin Ticciati, Emmanuel Krivine, Constantinos Carydis, Jane Glover and others. He was assistant conductor in an opera production at the Aspen Opera Center and at the Académie Lyrique in Rochefort, France, and he conducted concerts during the Impuls Festival for Contemporary Music 2015 in Dessau. In 2016 and in 2017 he was a Conducting Fellow with the Aspen Music Festival. After his successful appearance at the 7th International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition 2015 in Frankfurt, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony) invited him as a guest conductor for a series of concerts in 2016.
Felix Mildenberger received his first music education in violin, viola and piano, before studying Orchestral Conducting in Freiburg and Vienna from 2011 to 2015. Among his teachers are Prof. Lutz Koehler HonRAM, Prof. Mark Stringer, Gerhard Markson, Prof. Scott Sandmeier and Massimiliano Matesic. Additionally, he studied with Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, David Zinman, Hugh Wolff, Markus Stenz, Neeme Järvi, Robert Spano, Michael Stern, Johannes Debus and others in master classes and festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival at Easter, the Järvi Summer Academy and others.