The German pianist and conductor Michael Wendeberg studied piano with Bernd Glemser and Benedetto Lupo. He was engaged by Boulez from 2000–2005 as pianist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris. As a soloist he has appeared at the Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival and in Carnegie Hall. He went on to study conducting with Toshiyuki Kamioka as well as serving as assistant to Pierre Boulez. From 2008–2009 Wendeberg was an assistant of Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera. At present he is deputy music director of the Lucerne Opera and director of the Contrechamps Ensemble in Geneva.