The New Zealand based German flautist and conductor Uwe Grodd first gained worldwide recognition when he won First Prize at the Cannes Classical Awards 2000 for the Best Eighteenth Century Orchestral Recording with his CD of Symphonies by J.B. Vanhal (8.554341). Two recordings of music by J N Hummel have received Editor’s Choice in the Gramophone magazine (2004/2008). His recording of the complete works for piano and orchestra of Beethoven’s longstanding friend Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838) with Christopher Hinterhuber began in 2003 and in 2013 the final volume received the IRR OUTSTANDING from the International Record Review.
Performance highlights include eight concerts with the Mexico City Philharmonic, televised open-air concerts of the Handel Festival Halle, with a choir of 280 voices and the State Philharmonic Orchestra and a season in the Halle Opera House of Handel’s opera Imeneo. Grodd has been involved in more than fifty commissions of new music and conducted the premières of the New Zealand operas Galileo by John Rimmer / Witi Ihimaera and Len Lye: The Opera, by Eve de Castro-Robinson / Roger Horrocks. For four years he was Artistic Director of the International Music Festival NZ. A graduate of Mainz University, Germany, he studied with teachers of international repute, including, André Jaunet, Robert Aitken and Sergiu Celibidache.
He is Professor of Flute and Conducting at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.