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, took him first into medicine, where he became a highly regarded cardiologist and researcher, focusing on cardiovascular disease, prevention, health economics, integrative medicine, as well as music and medicine. He worked for several years at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and then was appointed professor and director of the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics at the Charité University Medical Center in Berlin.

From 2012 to 2014, Stefan Willich was President of the Music Conservatory Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

Stefan Willich has regularly appeared as conductor mainly in Germany, Italy, and 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, Ludwig Quandt, and with the Vienna Boy's Choir.

Next Concerts

September 20, 2019
Gulbenkian Foundation
Lisbon, Portugal

September 21, 2019
Casa da Música
Porto, Portugal

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Don Giovanni Overture

Eurico Carrapatoso
Arsis e Thesis

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 4

Stefan Willich, conductor
Bruno Graça, clarinet

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