Omer Meir Wellber was born in Be’er Sheva in 1981, and has now emerged on the International scene as one of Israel’s most outstanding young conductors. In 2010, he was appointed Music Director of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia in succession to Lorin Maazel. He is a regular Guest Conductor at the Iraeli Opera and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and, since 2009, has been the Music Director of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, which was founded in 1991 to help aid the integration of Jewish immigrants in Israel.
Omer Meir Wellber began his musical training at the age of five on the accordion and piano, and took up composition with Tania Taler from the age of nine. He graduated from Be’er Sheva conservatoire in 1999, though continued on a scholarship from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation from 2000 to 2008 under Eugene Zirlin at the Jerusalem Music Academy.
Between 2008 and 2010, Wellber worked in close partnership with Daniel Barenboim at the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden and also at La Scala, Milan. He made his highly acclaimed debut with La Scala conducting Aida at the Israeli Opera whilst the company was on tour in Israel. He has since been invited back to conduct Tosca and Aida at La Scala. Other significant Opera debuts in recent seasons have included Strauss’ Salome at the Saito Kinen Festival (replacing Seiji Ozawa), and Tosca at the Berliner Staatsoper. His debut at Semperoper in Dresden with a new production of Strauss’ Daphne has also resulted in numerous re-invitations in the forthcoming seasons. Having made his debut at Bavarian State Opera with La Traviata,a re-invitation is planned in 2015.
Omer Meir Wellber has also achieved considerable success with a number of key European orchestras, including the Orchestre de Paris, the Filarmonica della Scala, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2013-14 season, Wellber will appear as a guest conductor with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and will conduct a series of five symphonic concerts with the orchestra of the Valencia Opera including performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. At the Semperoper Dresden Wellber will conduct Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Guntram and opens a Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy with Così fan tutte, staged by Andreas Kriegenburg. In May 2014, he will make his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera conducting Eugene Onegin.
Omer Meir Wellber commits himself to educational work with young musicians and has become a Good Will Ambassador for the non profit organization Save a Child’s Heart in 2013. The Israeli-based international organization provides lifesaving cardiac surgery and treatment for children from developing countries and a training program for doctors and nurses from these countries.