Clemens Heil, born in Wiesbaden and raised in Tübingen, studied piano and conducting at the music academies in Stuttgart and Freiburg. His first engagements took him to the Stuttgart and Hanover State Operas. From 2004 to 2012 he was engaged as an assistant conductor and solo répétiteur at the Mainz State Theatre. In 2007/08 he conducted the International Ensemble Modern Academy. He received important impulses assisting Peter Eötvös, Simone Young, Kent Nagano, Franck Ollu and H. K. Gruber. As Mauricio Kagel’s assistant, he took over the memorial concerts after Kagel’s death in 2008, leading Ensemble Modern in Brixen and Frankfurt am Main. His passion for a living tradition of contemporary music has brought him back to Ensemble Modern regularly ever since. In 2010 he made his debut with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, in 2011 with the Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic; he has also conducted the Hanover State Orchestra, the Aachen Symphony Orchestra, the Bielefeld Philharmonic, the Brandenburg Philharmonic, the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra and the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. From 2012 to 2016 he was first assistant conductor at the Bremen Theatre. Since the 2016/17 season he has been music director at the Lucerne Theatre. Clemens Heil is also active as a pianist, chamber music partner and song accompanist.
The Ensemble Modern (EM) is one of the world’s leading ensembles of Contemporary Music. Currently, the EM is comprised of 20 soloists from ten countries. The Ensemble Modern gives approximately 100 concerts each year at renowned festivals and outstanding venues worldwide and rehearse an average of 70 new works every year, 20 of which are world premieres. The International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) was founded in 2003 as Ensemble Modern’s training centre, pursuing the goals of educating musicians and audiences about contemporary repertoire and identifying new forms of artistic and creative work today. IEMA’s formats developed especially for specific target groups include the Master’s Degree course »Contemporary Music« for young professional musicians as well as international master courses, composition seminars and school projects.