Prof. Dr. Stefan Willich

Stefan Willich is the founder and conductor of the World Doctors Orchestra (WDO). He studied violin, chamber music, and conducting in Stuttgart and Berlin, and participated in prestigious conducting workshops with Sergiu Celibidache (Munich), Leon Fleisher (Boston, Tanglewood) and Leon Barzin (Paris).

His professional path, however, led him first into medicine, where he became a highly regarded internist and epidemiologist, focusing on cardiovascular disease, prevention, health economics, integrative medicine, and music and medicine. He worked for several years at Harvard University in Boston, and in 1995 was appointed Professor and Director of the Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics at the Charité – Berlin University of Medicine. From 2012 to 2014, Stefan Willich was President of the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. In 2021, he received the Alumni Award of Merit from the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the highest award for former graduates of the institution.

Stefan Willich has regularly appeared as conductor mainly in Germany and the USA where he is principal guest conductor of the CityMusic Cleveland Orchestra. In 2008 he founded the WDO that has given many charity concerts worldwide. As artistic director he led the WDO to great success. Particular highlights include performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Berlin in 2010 for the World Health Summit, and Mahler's Second Symphony (Resurrection) in Washington in 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11. He has worked together with outstanding soloists including Peter Zazofsky, Sergey Khachatryan, Tanja Becker-Bender, Aida-Carmen Soanea, Tamaki Kawakubo, Wenzel Fuchs, Anja Kampe, Jeanine De Bique, Falk Struckmann, Jochen Kowalski, Alexei Lubimov, Xavier de Maistre, Delphine Haidan, Emily Bear, Cunmo Yin, Evelyn Glennie, and with the Vienna Boys’ Choir.

Next Concerts

February 10, 2023
Turrialba, Costa Rica

February 11, 2023
Teatro Nacional, San José, Costa Rica

Antônio Carlos Gomes
Overture to “Il Guarany”

Aaron Copland
Clarinet Concerto

Artie Shaw
Concerto for Clarinet

Gustav Holst
The Planets, op. 32

World Doctors Orchestra
Stefan Willich, conductor
Gabriel Campos Zamora, clarinet

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