Thomas Søndergård

Danish conductor is Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) and Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO); he was for three seasons Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. He will be Music Director of Royal Scottish National Orchestra from September 2018.

Recent seasons have included visits to London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker.

Plans for 2017/18 include debuts with Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Bern Symphony Orchestra, SWR Baden-Baden, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg With RSNO he conducts performances of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Strauss' Ein Heldenleben and for the RSNO Piano Competition.

Thomas is also an experienced opera conductor at home in mainstream and contemporary repertoire. Recent seasons have included Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot), Deutsche Oper Berlin (world premiere of Scartazzini's Edward II) Royal Danish Opera (Il viaggio a Reims), and Tosca, Turandot (Nina Stemme) and Les dialogues des Carmelites for Kungliga Operan (Royal Swedish Opera).

He was described as «a sensation» at his debut with the Royal Danish Opera conducting Ruders' opera Kafka's Trial and subsequent productions there have included Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le Nozze di Figaro, La bohème and Cunning Little Vixen. He made his Norske Opera debut with their new, highly-successful Die Zauberflöte.

In Spring 2015 Thomas and BBCNOW released their first recording of Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 2 and 7 (LINN Records), followed recently by Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6 . Søndergård is admired for his interpretations of Scandinavian contemporary repertoire. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Queen Ingrid Foundation Prize for services to Music in Denmark.

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