The young conductor, P. Mauricio Sotelo-Romero, has been the chief conductor and artistic director of the Collegium Musicum Weimar since April 2023, as well as a scholarship holder of the German Music Council's Forum Dirigieren. Since October 2019, he has been studying orchestral conducting at the HfM Franz Liszt in Weimar under Prof. Nicolás Pasquet (symphonic repertoire) and Prof. Eckhart Wycik (opera repertoire). Additionally, he has been a Bayreuth scholarship holder of the Richard-Wagner-Verband Weimar since November 2023.
His latest projects include his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse with concerts in September, October and December 2023; his work as Assistant Conductor in the concert production of Parsifal with the Spanish National Orchestra (OCNE) under the direction of David Afkham or his participation as Musical Assistant for the new production of A. Berg's Wozzeck at the Chemnitz Theatre under the musical direction of GMD Guillermo García Calvo. He celebrated his opera debut with Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Landestheater Coburg in January 2022.
Mauricio Sotelo-Romero has worked with orchestras such as the Spanish National Orchestra (Orquesta Nacional de España), the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Robert Schumann Philharmonie Chemnitz and the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the field of opera, he has also worked at the German National Theater Weimar as a Musical Assistant for the production of the opera Samson by Joachim Raff, rediscovered and premiered in September 2022 under the musical direction of Dominik Beykirch and a staging by Calixto Bieito. Also worth mentioning are the following new productions that he was able to follow as an intern: the new production of Sergio Morabito and Jossi Wieler's opera Lohengrin at the Salzburg Easter Festival under the direction of Christian Thielemann (April 2022); Elisabeth Stöppler's Tristan and Isolde at the Opera Chemnitz under the direction of Guillermo García Calvo (October 2021); Katharina Wagner's new production of Lohengrin at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona under the musical direction of Josep Pons; Ralf Pleger's and Alexander Polzin's new staging of Tristan and Isolde at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels under the baton of Alain Altinoglu (May 2019).
Before moving to Weimar, Mauricio Sotelo-Romero lived in Berlin, where he received his first conducting training from Alexander Gelovani (2014-2019) at the Musikschule Kreuzberg. He also studied violin with Myvanwy Ella Penny and Rodrigo Bauzá, piano with Gerald Klose, and harpsichord with Andrea Hauefele. The young Sotelo-Romero completed his first musical training with courses in music theory from Helmut Zapf and Felix Stefan. He comes from a family of musicians and received his first violin lessons in Spain at age four. Mauricio Sotelo-Romero has gained experience in solo literature, chamber music, and orchestral playing as a violinist. He has also been a multiple German national prize winner of the Jugend Musiziert competition in the categories of “Solo Violin” and “Chamber Music” and was invited regularly between 2017 and 2020 to the German Chamber Music Course, where he had the opportunity to work with musicians such as Prof. Dirk Mommertz (Fauré Quartet), Prof. Michael Mücke (Trio Fontenay), and Prof. Laura Ruiz Ferreres, among others. Mauricio Sotelo-Romero also has a particular interest in new and contemporary music. In this area, one could mention his activity as concertmaster of the Jugend Ensemble für Neue Musik Berlin in the years 2017 and 2018 or his participation in the masterclass of the Trio Accanto during the Festival for Contemporary Music “Time of Music” in Viitasaari (Finland).
Mauricio Sotelo-Romero (3 July 2000) is fluent in Spanish, French, German, English and has a good knowledge in Italian. He attended the Französisches Gymnasium zu Berlin (Lycée Français de Berlin) and in 2018 obtained both the German Abitur and the French Baccalauréat with honours in 2018.