Romely Pfund

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Romely Pfund (born 21 October 1955 in Dresden) is a German conductor.


Romely Pfund was born into a family of artists. Her mother, Ingeborg Pfund-Kassner († 2021), was a solo dancer and most recently ballet mistress at the Dresden State Operetta. His father, Max Pfund, was a violinist in the Pirna Cultural Orchestra. His maternal grandfather, Ernst Kassner, also performed as a violinist and orchestra leader. His wife Lissa Kassner performed as a pianist and later as a solo entertainer. Romely Pfund spent her childhood and youth in the Neustadt district of Dresden.

After studying conducting at the Dresden Academy of Music with Rudolf Neuhaus, she joined the Theater der Altmark in Stendal as Kapellmeister in 1979 and the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau as Kapellmeister in 1983. From 1977 to 1986 she took part in master classes with Kurt Masur, Igor Markevitch, Péter Eötvös and the conducting course in Tanglewood/USA with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Gennadi Roshdestwenski.

She received her first chief position in 1987 as General Music Director (GMD) of the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic. Further engagements followed from 1998 to 2009 as GMD of the Bergische Symphoniker and since 2009 at the Landestheater Mecklenburg in Neustrelitz. In the 1990s she was the only woman at the helm of a professional orchestra in Germany. In 1999 she founded the Academy of the Bergische Symphoniker with orchestral musicians and became mentor of the female conductor support project of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In November 2004 she conducted the concert on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s state visit to Düsseldorf.

Romely Pfund has conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin, Leipzig and Prague Radio Orchestras, among others.

As a concert conductor, she has classical and romantic standard works in her repertoire. She has also ventured into unfamiliar territory in jazz concerts with Albert Mangelsdorff, Rolf Kühn, with Peter Herbolzheimer and the Bundesjazzorchester or with Markus Stockhausen and his band. In dance theatre she has conducted, among others, the ballet evening Petrushka/Sacre at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (choreography Youri Vámos), The Soldier’s Tale/Carmina Burana (choreography Ralf Rossa) at the Halle/Saale Opera House, The Seven Deadly Sins with Gregor Seyffert as well as Le sacre du printemps with the Ensemble Preljocaj from Aix en Provence. Romely Pfund has worked with Christian Tetzlaff, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Lars Vogt, René Pape, Gerhard Zeppenfeld, Simone Kermes and Peter Schreier.

Since 2000 she has turned increasingly to music theatre again. As GMD of the Bergische Symphoniker she cooperated with the Wuppertal Opera House, with the Aaltotheater Essen and with the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in collaboration with the director Igor Folwill. From 2009 to 2013 she was opera director and musical director at the Landestheater Mecklenburg. Since 2013 she has been teaching as a lecturer at the Musikhochschule Lübeck.[1] Since 2016 she has also been conductor and choral director at the Eutin Festival.[2]


  • 1984: Prize winner of the conducting competition in Geneva
  • 1985: Honorary Diploma at the 37th International Conductors’ Competition in Prague
  • 2001: Prize for the best concert programme in Germany with the Bergische Symphoniker; awarded by the German Music Publishers Association (DMV)
  • 2003: Culture prize of the Baden civic foundation
  • 2013: Culture Award of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
  • 2015: Scholarship Holder German Study Center in Venice[3]


  • Elke Mascha Blankenburg: Dirigentinnen im 20.Jahrhundert, Europäische Verlagsanstalt, Hamburg, p. 184 ff.
  • Ute Büchter-Römer: Spitzenkarrieren von Frauen in der Musik, Ricordi, Munich 2011, p. 81 ff.
  • Michele Edwards: Women on the Podium, In: José Antonio Bowen (ed.): The Cambridge companion to Conducting, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2003, pp. 231 f.
  • Helen Epstein: Musictalks, Penguin, New York 1987, p. 36 ff

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Individual references

  1. Biography on: Lübeck University of Music
  2. Romely Pound on: Eutin Festival
  3. Alumni at: German Study Center in Venice