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Thomas Søndergård (born 4 October 1969 in Holstebro, Denmark) is a Danish conductor.

Holstebro Place in Mid Jutland, Denmark

Holstebro is the main town in Holstebro Municipality, Denmark. The town, bisected by Storåen, has a population of 36,199.

Denmark constitutional monarchy in Europe

Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country and the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations. Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 km2 (16,573 sq mi), land area of 42,394 km2 (16,368 sq mi), and the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2 (853,509 sq mi), and a population of 5.8 million.

Søndergård studied percussion and timpani at the Royal Danish Academy of Music from 1989 to 1992, where his teachers included Gert Mortensen. From 1989 to 1992, Søndergård was a timpanist in the European Union Youth Orchestra. He joined the Royal Danish Orchestra as a timpanist in 1992. He served on the faculty of the Royal Danish Academy of Music from 2001 to 2002.

Royal Danish Academy of Music music conservatoire in Copenhagen, Denmark

The Royal Danish Academy of Music, or Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, in Copenhagen was founded in 1825 by Giuseppe Siboni from Forlì. It was newly founded in 1867 by the composer Niels Gade.

European Union Youth Orchestra youth symphony orchestra

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is a symphony orchestra with members drawn from each of the European Union's 28 Member States. Described by the Guardian as having “gripping, exhilaratingly good orchestral playing, surging with energy, laser-sharp focus and collective daring... [and] a technical prowess that is downright terrifying”, it connects music colleges and the professional music world for generations of European musicians since its foundation in 1976.

Royal Danish Orchestra Danish orchestra based in Copenhagen

The Royal Danish Orchestra is a Danish orchestra based in Copenhagen. The Danish name for the orchestra indicates its original function as an ensemble geared to supplying the music for court events. The orchestra traces its origins back to 1448 and the Trumpet Corps at the royal court of King Christian I, and thus has claims to be the oldest orchestra in the world.

Søndergård devoted greater attention to conducting from age 27. [1] His conducting mentors have included Alexander Polianichko, Yves Abel and Graham Bond. His conducting work in contemporary music has included conducting the 2005 premiere of Poul Ruders' Kafka's Trial with the Royal Danish Opera, [2] [3] in performances which were recorded for commercial release. [4] Søndergård became principal conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) in 2009, [5] and concluded his KORK tenure after the 2011-2012 season. [6]

Poul Ruders Danish composer

Poul Ruders is a Danish composer.

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra is a Norwegian orchestra affiliated with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Its principal base is the Store Studio at the NRK's headquarters in Oslo.

Søndergård first conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) in December 2009, as an emergency substitute for Thierry Fischer. In July 2011, Søndergård was named the 14th principal conductor of the BBC NOW, effective with the 2012-2013 season, for an initial contract of 4 years. [7] [8] In February 2016, the BBC NOW announced the further extension of his contract as principal conductor through "at least 2018". [9] Søndergård formally concluded his tenure as principal conductor of the BBC NOW is July 2018. [10]

BBC National Orchestra of Wales Welsh symphony orchestra founded in 1928

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales is a Welsh symphony orchestra and one of the BBC's five professional orchestras. The BBC NOW is the only professional symphony orchestra organisation in Wales, occupying a dual role as both a broadcasting orchestra and national orchestra. The BBC NOW has its administrative base in Cardiff, at the BBC Hoddinott Hall on the site of the Wales Millennium Centre, since January 2009.

Thierry Fischer is a Swiss orchestra conductor and flutist.

Søndergård first guest-conducted the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) in 2009. as an emergency substitute for Yakov Kreizberg. In October 2011, the RSNO named him its principal guest conductor, effective with the 2012-2013 season, with an initial contract of 3 years for 3 programmes per year. [11] In May 2017, the RSNO announced the appointment of Søndergård as its next principal conductor, effective with the 2018-2019 season. [12]

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Scotlands national symphony orchestra based in Glasgow

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) is an international Scottish orchestra, based in Glasgow at its own music centre and rehearsal studios directly connected to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at the top of Buchanan Street. The RSNO receives support from the Scottish Government. The RSNO performs throughout Scotland, at such venues as Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Usher Hall (Edinburgh), Caird Hall (Dundee), Aberdeen Music Hall, Perth Concert Hall or Eden Court Inverness. Thomas Søndergård is the orchestra's current music director, since 2018.

Yakov Kreizberg was a Russian-born American conductor.

Søndergård has conducted commercial recordings for the DaCapo label, including music of Bent Lorentzen, Per Nørgård, and Poul Ruders, [13] and also for the Linn label. [14]

Per Nørgård is a Danish composer.

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  2. Andrew Clements (2005-03-15). "Kafka's Trial (Opera House, Copenhagen)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  3. Anthony Tommasini (2005-03-14). "Kafka on Trial, Opera Fans in Heaven". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  4. Andrew Clements (2006-06-30). "Ruders: Kafka's Trial, Van Hall/ Stille/ Rorholm/ Jensen/ Royal Danish Opera/ Sondergard (Da Capo, two CDs)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  5. Jan Frederik Heyerdahl (2008-02-12). "KORK under dansk ledelse". Norwegian Radio. Retrieved 2011-07-30.
  6. Fred Olav Vatne (2011-07-12). "KORK må finne ny sjefdirigent". Norwegian Radio. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  7. "BBC National Orchestra of Wales announces new Principal Conductor" (Press release). BBC. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  8. Peter Collins (2011-07-12). "Great Dane to be chief BBC National Orchestra Wales conductor". Western Mail. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  9. "BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales' Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård extends his contract" (Press release). BBC. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  10. Tim Ashley (2018-07-23). "BBCNOW/Thomas Søndergård review – bowing out in style". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  11. "Thomas Søndergård joins RSNO Artistic Team" (Press release). Royal Scottish National Orchestra. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  12. Keith Bruce (2017-05-25). "RSNO names its new Music Director". The Herald. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  13. Anthony Tommasini (2011-06-10). "Poul Ruders". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  14. Fiona Maddocks (2015-04-12). "Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 CD review – intense and rigorous". The Observer. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
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Preceded by
Rolf Gupta
Principal Conductor, Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Succeeded by
Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Preceded by
Thierry Fischer
Principal Conductor, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Succeeded by
(post vacant)