Starting in the 2019/20 season, Ivo Hentschel will be the first permanent guest conductor at the Mecklenburg State Theatre in Schwerin. Since his engagement as Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin in the 2017/18 season without a current GMD, he has remained closely associated with this house as a regular guest conductor. Further guest engagements have taken him to the Theater Bern, the Nationaltheater Mannheim, the Theater Bonn, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken, the Kammerakademie Potsdam and many more.
Ivo Hentschel grew up near Stuttgart and studied piano and conducting in Mannheim. He assisted Klauspeter Seibel with the Bundesjugendorchester and began his theater career as a conductor répétiteur at the Theater Heidelberg, where he conducted a broad repertoire ranging from baroque operas to operas by Adams and Henze. In 2013 he was engaged as first Kapellmeister and Deputy Music Director at Theater Hof, from 2014 to 2017 he was first Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Cottbus. There he conducted the entire repertoire from Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti via Offenbach, Weill and Kálmán to musicals and philharmonic concerts.
In addition to concert conducting throughout Germany, international invitations have taken him to the Orquesta Filarmónica in Montevideo/Uruguay and to the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv/Israel. Concert recordings and CD recordings are available at the NDR and RBB as well as at the Komische Oper Berlin. His concerts with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern for the Beethoven Year 2020 will be broadcast live on SWR and SR.
Ivo Hentschel is a prize winner in the international Jorma Panula Conducting Competition 2006, a special prize winner of the German Conductors' Prize 2013, and until 2013 was a scholarship holder in the Conductors' Forum of the German Music Council and a member of the artist list "Maestros of Tomorrow". Not at least for his commitment to theatre education, he was awarded the 2011 Prize of the Circle of Friends at Heidelberg Theatre.