Thomas Søndergård will initially function Minnesota Orchestra‘s music director designate within the 2022-23 season. His position as Music Director will start in 2023-24 and proceed on for a five-year contract. In it, he’ll lead the Orchestra in at the very least 12 weeks of concert events and actions a 12 months.
A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Søndergård started his music profession as a timpanist and joined the Royal Danish Orchestra. He served because the principal conductor and musical advisor to the Norwegian Radio Orchestra after which as principal conductor of the BBC Nationwide Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW).
In 2018, he was appointed music director of the Royal Scottish Nationwide Orchestra (RSNO) after six seasons as its principal visitor conductor. He at the moment serves on this position and can proceed in it alongside the most recent Minnesota appointment.
All through his profession, he has led the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Houston Symphony, London Philharmonic, plus the symphonies of London, Montreal and Toronto.
“My impression of the Minnesota Orchestra is that it’s an ensemble with large coronary heart,” Thomas Søndergård mentioned. “There’s a heat, an openness and a cooperative spirit among the many musicians that matches very properly into the way in which that I wish to make music. ”
Audiences will be capable to see Søndergård with the Minnesota Orchestra in three performances, from October 20-22, 2022, with a program that features Lili Boulanger’s Of a Spring Morning.
“Thomas’ first performances with our Orchestra already felt like the start of an thrilling relationship,” Minnesota’s principal bassist Kristen Bruya mentioned. “He has a heat and welcoming presence on the rostrum that united musicians throughout the stage, and we discovered him to be tremendously energizing and galvanizing—we expect audiences will too. I’m excited to find the place this musical collaboration with Thomas will take us and the way we are going to develop collectively in our music making.”