Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Music Director of Royal Scottish National Orchestra, having previously held the title of Principal Guest Conductor with the orchestra since the 2012/13 Season. He served as Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) from September 2012 – August 2018. Previously he was for three seasons Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
Søndergård has conducted many leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Brussels Philharmonic and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In North America he has visited the Toronto, Atlanta, Vancouver, Houston, Seattle and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.
An experienced opera conductor at home in mainstream and contemporary repertoire, opera projects have included Turandot at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Die Zauberflöte at Norwegian Opera, the world premiere of Scartazzini’s Edward II at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Luisa Miller and Tosca at the Stuttgart Staatsoper, Il viaggio a Reims at Royal Danish Opera, and Tosca, Turandot and Dialogues des Carmelites at Royal Swedish Opera.
In 2011 Søndergård was awarded the prestigious Queen Ingrid Foundation Prize for services to music in Denmark. Recent recordings include with BBCNOW a series of Sibelius albums, including Symphonies 1, 2, 6 & 7 and most recently a disc which shines light on Sibelius’ tone poems and theatre music, featuring Finlandia and Valse Triste.
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