Nicola Jürgensen


Professor at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany

AIMS Academy​ 13-21/O8/2O23

  • Individual master classes for clarinet
  • Audition training
  • Introduction to extended techniques for contemporary music
  • Opportunities to perform on stage as a soloist or in chamber groups
  • Selected students will experience the Festival Orchestra 

German clarinetist Nicola Jürgensen studied with Hans Deinzer and Sabine Meyer. From an early date her success in national and international music competitions brought her name to the attention of a wider audience. Among her awards are the Mozart Prize, the German Music Competition Soloists’ Prize and a scholarship by German Radio, including concerts at the Bremen Music Festival.

Nicola Jürgensen was principal clarinet with the Western German Radio Symphony Orchestra (WDR) Cologne from 2001 to 2018, successfully combining her orchestral duties with her career as a soloist. As the latter, she has appeared with the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin (DSO), the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the German Chamber Philharmonic of Bremen, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras of Berlin and Leipzig (MDR) and the State Theatre orchestras of Braunschweig, Freiburg, Kassel, Rostock and Saarbrücken. She also performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestras of Poland, Basel and Vienna as well as the Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg, the Munich Chamber Orchestra (MKO) and Chamber Orchestra C.P.E. Bach in Berlin.

Nicola is also very fond of performing chamber music. On invitation of the Artemis Quartet, she played Karl Amadeus Hartmann`s Chamber Concerto for clarinet and string quartet. She has appeared in the chamber music festivals of Risør (Norway) and Lockenhaus (Austria) and was part of the “Spannungen” festival at Heimbach in 2019.

In 2008 Nicola Jürgensen performed the part of “Eva” in a production of opera “Michael’s Journey Around the Earth” by C. Padrissa and La Fura dels Baus. The production was seen at Vienna Festival, the Venice Biennale, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Festival d’Automne Paris and elsewhere.

In 2013 she performed as a soloist with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin as well as bringing Giya Kantcheli’s “Night Prayers” on stage with the WDR Symphony Orchestra. The season also included her debuts at Lincoln Center Festival (New York), Wuhan Festival (China) and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (New Zealand). 2014 and 2015 brought her to Bangkok where she established the “German Masters Music Festival”, a series of concerts and masterclasses. Nicola also returned to Wuhan Festival (China) with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018, she was playing her debut with the Korean Chamber Orchestra at Seoul Arts Center and with Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra (China).

Nicola Jürgensen is giving numerous international masterclasses and in 2020 was invited as coach of the woodwind section of the German National Youth Orchestra (BJO).

In 2018, she received an appointment as professor for clarinet at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany.