Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is music director of Royal Scottish National Orchestra, following six seasons as principal guest conductor. Between 2012 and 2018, he served as principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, after stepping down as principal conductor and musical adviser of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
He has appeared with many notable orchestras in leading European centers, such as Berlin, Paris, London, Amsterdam and Rotterdam and is a familiar figure in Scandinavia. North American appearances to date have included the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Vancouver, Houston and Seattle. He has made highly successful tours to China, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
The 2021-22 season saw the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s return to live performances, showcasing works by, among others, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Berlioz. Last season, he also made first visits to the Montreal Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic and returned to many orchestras, among them, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Royal Danish Opera (Die Walküre and New Year concerts), London Philharmonic Orchestra and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Plans for 2022-2023 include touring with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and returns to several North American orchestras.
As part of the 2015 anniversary celebrations of both Sibelius and Nielsen, Søndergård conducted a variety of their works with many leading orchestras. A passionate supporter of the music of Carl Nielsen, Søndergård in 2019 participated in a special concert to celebrate Nielsen’s work with the Royal Danish Academy of Music Copenhagen.
Following his acclaimed debut for Royal Danish Opera (Kafka’s Trial), he has since returned to conduct repertoire ranging from contemporary: Le nozze di Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La bohème, The Cunning Little Vixen and Il viaggio a Reims. He has also made short concert tours with the Royal Danish Orchestra. Further returns are planned, and he has also enjoyed successful collaborations with Norwegian Opera and Royal Swedish Opera. His Stockholm productions of Tosca and Turandot (both with Nina Stemme) led to his Bayerische Staatsoper debut, conducting main season and Opera Festival performances of Turandot with her. He made his Deutsche Oper Berlin debut with the world premiere of Scartazzini’s Edward II and has since returned for Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet.
His discography covers a broad range of contemporary and mainstream repertoire, including Vilde Frang’s celebrated debut recording (WDR Koln for EMI); works by Poul Ruders (Arhus Symphony, Norwegian Radio, Royal Danish Opera for Da Capo and Bridge Records); Lutoslawski and Dutilleux concertos with cellist Johannes Moser and Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Pentatone), and for Linn Records, Sibelius symphonies and tone poems with BBC NOW and Prokofiev and Richard Strauss with the RSNO.