Thomas Søndergård

Last updated
English: Francesco Piemontesi and Thomas Sondergard rehearsing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Royal Albert Hall, London. Piemontesi Sondergard.jpg
English: Francesco Piemontesi and Thomas Søndergård rehearsing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Royal Albert Hall, London.

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

Contents

Biography

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

Søndergård devoted greater attention to conducting from age 27. [1] After his debut at The Royal Danish Opera with the premiere of Poul Ruders' Kafka's Trial in 2005, Søndergård joined the Askonas Holt management. In 2009 he became principal conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) and concluded his KORK tenure after the 2011-2012 season. [2]

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. [3] [4] In February 2016, the BBC NOW announced the further extension of his contract as principal conductor through "at least 2018". [5] Søndergård formally concluded his tenure as principal conductor of the BBC NOW in July 2018. [6]

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. [7] In May 2017, the RSNO announced the appointment of Søndergård as its next principal conductor, effective with the 2018-2019 season. [8] In February 2021, the RSNO announced the extension of Søndergård's contract as music director through autumn 2024. [9]

In December 2021, Søndergård first guest-conducted the Minnesota Orchestra. He returned for an additional guest-conducting engagement in April 2022. In July 2022, the orchestra announced the appointment of Søndergård as its next music director, effective with the 2023-2024 season, with an initial contract of 5 seasons. [10]

Sondergard has recorded a number of CD's for the Linn label [11] and for the DaCapo label, including music of Bent Lorentzen, Per Nørgård, and Poul Ruders. [12]

In July 2022, Sondergard married his longtime partner, the Swedish baritone Andreas Landin. [10]

Related Research Articles

Bernard Haitink Dutch conductor and violinist

Bernard Johan Herman Haitink was a Dutch conductor and violinist. He was the principal conductor of several international orchestras, beginning with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1961. He moved to London, as principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1967 to 1979, music director at Glyndebourne Opera from 1978 to 1988 and of the Royal Opera House from 1987 to 2002, when he became principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Finally, he was principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010. The focus of his prolific recording was classical symphonies and orchestral works, but he also conducted operas. He conducted 90 concerts at The Proms in London, the last on 3 September 2019 with the Vienna Philharmonic. His awards include Grammy Awards and the 2015 Gramophone Award for his lifetime achievements.

Neeme Järvi Estonian-born American conductor (born 1937)

Neeme Järvi is an Estonian American conductor.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales is a Welsh symphony orchestra and one of the BBC's five professional radio 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.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Scotlands national symphony orchestra based in Glasgow

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) is an international orchestra, based in Glasgow, Scotland. It is one of the five national performing arts companies of Scotland. Throughout its history, the Orchestra has played an essential part in Scotland’s musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004.

Peter Oundjian Canadian-American violinist and conductor

Peter Oundjian is a Canadian-American violinist and conductor.

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra is a radio orchestra affiliated with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Its principal base is the Store Studio at the NRK's headquarters in Oslo. The orchestra's current chief administrator is Rolf Lennart Stensø. As of 2018, KORK consists of fifty-nine musicians.

Stéphane Denève is a French conductor. He is currently music director of the Brussels Philharmonic and of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Royal Danish Orchestra

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 Royal Danish Orchestra presently consists of around 100 musicians. The principal venue for the orchestra's traditional symphony concerts is the Copenhagen Opera House, where the orchestra also serves as the orchestra for the Royal Danish Opera, as well as holding several annual chamber orchestra concerts in the foyer of the smaller experimental stage Takkelloftet. Most ballet and some opera performances takes place at the Old Stage.

Thomas Dausgaard is a Danish conductor.

Thierry Fischer is a Swiss orchestra conductor and flutist.

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia is a British chamber orchestra, founded in Newcastle upon Tyne and currently based in Gateshead. For the first 46 years of its history, the orchestra gave most of its concerts at the Newcastle City Hall. Since 2004, the orchestra has been resident at Sage Gateshead. In June 2013 Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the title 'Royal' on the orchestra, formally naming it the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Thomas Zehetmair is an Austrian violinist and conductor.

Kirill Karabits Ukrainian conductor

Kirill Karabits ; born 26 December 1976) is a Ukrainian conductor.

Edward Gardner (conductor) English conductor

Edward Gardner is an English conductor.

Ludovic Morlot is a French conductor.

Louis Langrée French conductor (born 1961)

Louis Langrée is a French conductor. He is the son of organist and theorist Alain Langrée. One of his sisters is an amateur cellist.

James Gaffigan is an American conductor.

Elim Chan

Elim Chan is a Hong Kong conductor. Elim Chan has been the chief conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra from the 2019-2020 concert season, and has been the permanent guest conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from the 2018-2019 season.

Ryan Bancroft is an American conductor.

David Danzmayr is an Austrian conductor.

References

  1. Karen Price (2011-07-15). "Scandinavian cool: conductor Thomas Søndergård". Western Mail. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  2. Fred Olav Vatne (2011-07-12). "KORK må finne ny sjefdirigent". Norwegian Radio. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  3. "BBC National Orchestra of Wales announces new Principal Conductor" (Press release). BBC. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  4. Peter Collins (2011-07-12). "Great Dane to be chief BBC National Orchestra Wales conductor". Western Mail. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  5. "BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales' Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård extends his contract" (Press release). BBC. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  6. Tim Ashley (2018-07-23). "BBCNOW/Thomas Søndergård review – bowing out in style". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  7. "Thomas Søndergård joins RSNO Artistic Team" (Press release). Royal Scottish National Orchestra. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  8. Keith Bruce (2017-05-25). "RSNO names its new Music Director". The Herald. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  9. "RSNO and Thomas Søndergård announce three-year contract extension for Music Director at launch of Spring/Summer Digital Season" (Press release). Royal Scottish National Orchestra. 18 February 2021. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  10. 1 2 "Thomas Søndergård Appointed Minnesota Orchestra's 11th Music Director" (Press release). Minnesota Orchestra. 28 July 2022. Retrieved 2022-08-08.
  11. Fiona Maddocks (2015-04-12). "Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 CD review – intense and rigorous". The Observer. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  12. Anthony Tommasini (2011-06-10). "Poul Ruders". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Rolf Gupta
Principal Conductor, Norwegian Radio Orchestra
20092012
Succeeded by
Preceded by Principal Conductor, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
20122018
Succeeded by