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Tchaikovsky Symphony No5

Thomas Søndergård Conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin

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6.45PM: Ursula Heidecker Allen (RSNO Violin) in conversation with Anne-Sophie Mutter in the Stalls.

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Thomas Søndergård

Thomas Søndergård Conductor

Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, after six seasons as Principal Guest Conductor. He served as Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) from September 2012 – August 2018, and prior to this, as Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra for three seasons.

Thomas has conducted many leading orchestras, including London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker; leading tours with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and European Union Youth Orchestra; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Brussels Philharmonic; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France; Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony and Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

The 2018/19 season includes his debuts with Chicago Symphony Orchestra joined by Alexander Gavrylyuk, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and Tapiola Sinfonietta. He makes return visits to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Royal Danish Academy Copenhagen, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot) and Deutsche Oper Berlin (Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet). Plans with RSNO include tours to China and the United States, premieres of new commissions and Marsalis’ Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti.

Recent highlights include debuts with Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Gurzenich-Orchester Köln, SWR Baden-Baden, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and return visits to Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the revival of The Magic Flute with Norwegian Opera.

A passionate supporter of the music of Carl Nielsen, his most 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 both Sibelius and Nielsen he conducted a wide variety of works by these two composers with many leading orchestras. In 2019 he will participate in a special concert to celebrate Nielsen’s work with the Royal Danish Academy of Music Copenhagen.

Thomas is also an experienced opera conductor at home in mainstream and contemporary repertoire. Previous opera includes Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot), Norwegian Opera (Die Zauberflöte), Deutsche Oper Berlin (world premiere of Scartazzini’s Edward II) 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: "He is one of the best things that has happened to the art of opera for many years" and subsequent productions there have included Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le Nozze di Figaro, La bohème, Cunning Little Vixen and Il viaggio a Reims.

Releases with BBCNOW include Sibelius Symphonies 1, 2, 6 & 7 and most recently a disc which shines light on Sibelius’ tone poems and theatre music, featuring Finlandia and Valse Triste (Linn Records). Other noteworthy recordings include Vilde Frang's celebrated first recording for EMI, and Ruders’ Piano Concerto No. 2 on Bridge Records which was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2011. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Queen Ingrid Foundation Prize for services to Music in Denmark. Due for release shortly are the Lutoslawski and Dutilleux cello concertos with Johannes Moser and Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin for Pentatone.

Anne-Sophie  Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin

In 2017 Anne-Sophie Mutter celebrated 40 years as a violin virtuoso and musical phenomenon, which began with her debuts in recital at the 1976 Lucerne Festival and as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan at the 1977 Salzburg Whitsun Concert. In four decades she has become one of the leading international artists in the world’s major concert halls, serving not only as soloist, but as a visionary in supporting composers and mentoring young string players.

Having recently finished a summer in which she recorded Vivaldi Four Seasons with her Mutter Virtuosi and the Schubert Trout Quintet with Daniil Trifonov and three of the young fellows of her Foundation, and performed at the festivals of Tanglewood, Salzburg and Lucerne, her calendar has been filled with performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Boston Symphony, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony London Philharmonic and London Symphony.

Ms. Mutter opens the 2017-18 season at the Chicago Symphony Gala with Riccardo Muti and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (Turkish) and in subscription concerts featuring Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and also performs at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra season opening gala with music director JoAnn Falletta. She returns to perform with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.

Her US and European recitals with long-time partner Lambert Orkis feature Penderecki’s Duo concertante with contrabassist Roman Patkoló and Sir André Previn’s The Fifth Season for violin and piano, whose world premiere takes place in March 2018 at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.

The four-time Grammy® Award winner is fully committed both to the performance of traditional composers and to the future of music: so far she has given the world premieres of 24 works by composers including Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn and Wolfgang Rihm.

Furthermore, she dedicates herself to numerous benefit projects and to supporting tomorrow’s emerging artists. In the autumn of 1997 she founded the “Association of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation e.V.”, to which the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation was added in 2008. These two charitable institutions provide support for scholarship recipients. Since 2011, Anne-Sophie Mutter has regularly appeared with her ensemble of fellows “Mutter Virtuosi”.

Anne-Sophie Mutter has been awarded the 2017 ‘Crystal Award’ by the World Economic Forum for her services to music education and young artists. She is the proud holder of the Siemens Music Prize, the German Grand Order of Merit, the French Medal of the Legion of Honour, the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, and numerous other honors.