From August 2021 the German conductor assumes the position of Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest, The Hague and from August 2020 she becomes Principal Guest Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
With her appointment as 1st Kapellmeisterin and Deputy Music Director of the Staatstheater Kassel (2015-2018) she conducted a number of subscription concerts including Mahler Das Lied von der Erde in addition to opera productions.
Anja Bihlmaier has recently conducted the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bremen Philharmonic and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover whilst outside her native Germany she has lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Lahti Symphony, Trondheim Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and L’Orchestre Teatro.
Following studies at the Freiburg Conservatory of Music with Scott Sandmeier, Anja Bihlmaier won a scholarship to study with Dennis Russell Davies and Jorge Rotter at the Salzburg Mozarteum. In 2006 she was awarded third prize at the International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition and was a finalist at the 2008 Donatella Flick Competition in London.