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Friedrich-Wilhelm Tebbe (Conductor)

Born: May 31, 1945 - Rotenburg an der Wümme, Germany

Friedrich-Wilhelm Tebbe is a German conductor, singer, organist and school musician, as well as the conductor and co-founder of the Bückeburger Bach-Orchester. He received his first regular musical instruction from Hermann Bruttger at Stift. Hum. He studied at Gymnasium Mönchengladbach, where he participated as a member of the school choir in the performances of Bach cantatas and oratorios. The pianist Heinz Klein taught him piano. At the age of 15 years Tebbe received from the Kantor of Hannover, Gustav Sasse, his first organ lessons and then studied in the opera department of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover singing with Otto Köhler.

Already during his studies, the lyrical baritone Friedrich-Wilhelm Tebbe acquired an accomplished mastery of the respective parts of operas from Mozart and Rossini, which he presented successfully on stage. In 1969 he additionally began to study school music to enter the teaching profession and organ with Elinor von der Heyde-Dohrn. He finished his studies in 1972. One year later he passed the examination which made him an official recognised singing teacher. After the exams, he studied on the advice of his singing teacher Otto Köhler and his teacher in conducting, Fritz von Bloh, musical ensemble conducting with Felix Prohaska in Hannover and later at the University Mainz with Sergiu Celibidache.

As chief conductor of the Schaumburger Märchensänger from 1980 to 1994, Friedrich-Wilhelm Tebbe was very successful, as was proved by the sales of millions of sound recordings. He appeared in many major concert halls around the world and in Germany alone, worked with more than 50 programs on television. With the Bückeburger Bach-Orchester, he performed symphonies by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, several of which were recorded for the first time with the Bückeburger Bach-Orchester and Namensgeber Orchester. He also proved to be a reliable orchestra conductor in concerts and recordings with renowned singers and world-renowned musicians.

As a winner of the competition Guido d'Arezzo (with the Schaumburger Märchensängern), with several first recordings of Rossini and Cimarosa, and with many successful performances in Italy, Friedrich-Wilhelm Tebbe also made himself a name there, so that in 1995 he was appointed professor in Padua, and in Rome received an honorary doctor's degree due to his merits in the field of music.

Source: German Wikipedia Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (September 2010); Liner notes to the album “Bach-Kantaten BWV 61 und BWV 158”, conducted by Friedrich-Wilhelm Tebbe (Schwann, 1981)
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Aryeh Oron (September 2010)

Friedrich-Wilhelm Tebbe: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works

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Friedrich-Wilhelm Tebbe (Wikipedia) [German]

Bückeburher Bach Orchester: Friedrich Wilhelm Tebbe - Dirigent

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