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Søndergård, Thomas (conductor)
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Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He was Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra from 2009-2012.

In recent years he has conducted four contrasting programmes at the BBC Proms (with BBC NOW) and made successful debuts with the Gothenburg, Atlanta, Brussels and Oslo Philharmonics, the Seattle, Houston, Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Konzerthaus Berlin.

Søndergård collaborates regularly with such internationally acclaimed soloists as Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Nina Stemme, Truls Mørk, James Ehnes, Julia Fischer and Ingrid Fliter. He is also an experienced opera conductor and has appeared at both the Royal Danish (Cunning Little Vixen) and Royal Swedish Operas (Turandot with Nina Stemme, following his success there with Tosca in 2011), as well as performances at Royal Stockholm Opera (Dialogues des Carmelites) in 2014. In 2008 he had made a highly successful Stuttgart Staatsoper debut in Tosca (he returned in 2010 for Luisa Miller), and he had been described as a ‘sensation’ at his Royal Danish Opera debut with Ruders’s opera Kafka’s Trial: ‘one of the best things that has happened to the art of opera for many years’. Søndergård has conducted the Royal Danish Opera both in Copenhagen and on tour in Denmark, in repertoire from Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le nozze di Figaro and La Bohème to The Rite of Spring and Pulcinella for the Royal Danish Ballet.

Admired for his interpretations of Scandinavian contemporary repertoire, Søndergård has recorded several symphonic scores, notably violin concertos by Sibelius and Prokofiev for EMI with Vilde Frang. His Bridge Records disc of Ruders’s Second Piano Concerto was released to critical acclaim and received a Gramophone Award nomination in the contemporary category in 2011. In the same year, he was awarded the prestigious Queen Ingrid Foundation Prize for services to music in Denmark.


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