Thomas SøndergårdDanish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) and also Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). He was Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra from 2009-2012.
The 2015/16 season includes his debuts with Leipzig Gewandhaus, Toronto Symphony, Norske Opera, Oslo (Magic Flute – new production), Netherlands Philharmonic and Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Philharmonie Berlin in celebration of Carl Nielsen’s 150th anniversary. He also returns to DSO Berlin, Houston, Atlanta and Danish National Symphony Orchestras.
Highlights of recent seasons include four contrasting programmes at BBC Proms (with BBCNOW) and successful debuts with Philharmonia Orchestra, Gothenburg, Atlanta, Brussels, Oslo and Luxembourg Philharmonics, Seattle, Sydney, Vancouver, Houston and BBC Symphonies, European touring with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and EUYO, and visits to Rotterdam Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, CBSO, and Bamberg Symphony. An experienced opera conductor, he has conducted performances with Royal Swedish Opera (Les dialogues des Carmelites, Turandot with Nina Stemme) and Royal Danish Opera (The Cunning Little Vixen).
A passionate supporter of the music of Carl Nielsen, his recent programme with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Symphony No.5) received wide praise as “equal of the great pioneers of Nielsen interpretation… It’s harder to imagine a finer performance of this remarkable symphony” (Dagens Nyheter). As part of the 2015 anniversary celebrations of Sibelius and Nielsen, he conducted a variety of works by these two composers with many leading orchestras.