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Thomas Søndergård Conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk Piano
Elin Rombo Soprano
Glasgow Cambiata  
RSNO Chorus  

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6.45PM: Gregory Batsleer (Chorus Director, RSNO Chorus) in conversation with Thomas Søndergård (RSNO Music Director) in the Auditorium.

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Thomas Søndergård

Thomas Søndergård Conductor

Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Music Director of Royal Scottish National Orchestra, following 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.

He has conducted many leading orchestras, including Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Bamberger Symphoniker; leading tours with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and European Union Youth Orchestra; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic; Swedish Radio Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Houston Symphony and Seattle Symphony.

The 2019/20 season includes debuts with Cleveland Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He makes return visits to Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Bayerische Staatsoper orchestra, visits the Guildhall Orchestra for performances of Mahler Symphony No. 7 at the Barbican Centre and embarks on a Korean tour with the orchestra of the Royal Danish Opera. Highlights with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra this season include Berg’s Seven Early Songs with Karen Cargill, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde joined by Simon O'Neill and Jane Irwin, recording work, a European tour and performances of the Verdi Requiem.

Highlights of recent seasons include debuts with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, and Orchestre National de France, and many re invitations, including Atlanta Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet), Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Gurzenich-Orchester Köln, SWR Baden-Baden, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Norwegian Opera. Recent highlights with RSNO include tours to China and the United States, premieres of new commissions and Marsalis’ Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti.

A passionate supporter of the music of Carl Nielsen, his most recent programme with Swedish Radio Symphony (Symphony No. 5) received wide praise as “equal of the great pioneers of Nielsen interpretation… It’s hard 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 their works with many leading orchestras. In 2019 he participated in a special concert to celebrate Nielsen’s work with the Royal Danish Academy of Music Copenhagen.

A highly accomplished opera conductor, he is equally 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 (Royal Swedish Opera). His Royal Danish Opera visit conducting Ruders' opera Kafka's Trial was described as a sensation: "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.

Commercial recordings with BBCNOW include Sibelius Symphonies 1, 2, 6 & 7 and a disc of his tone poems and theatre music, featuring Finlandia and Valse Triste (Linn Records). His first release with Royal Scottish National Orchestra features music by R Strauss, the concert suite from Der Rosenkavalier and Ein Heldenleben (Linn Records). Pentatone also recently released the Lutoslawski and Dutilleux cello concertos with Johannes Moser and Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Earlier noteworthy recordings include Vilde Frang's celebrated debut recording for EMI, and Ruders’ Piano Concerto No. 2, (Bridge Records) which was nominated for a Gramophone Award. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Queen Ingrid Foundation Prize for services to Music in Denmark.

Alexander  Gavrylyuk

Alexander Gavrylyuk Piano

Born in 1984, Alexander Gavrylyuk began his piano studies at the age of seven and gave his first concerto performance when he was nine years old. He won First prize and Gold Medal at the 1999 Horowitz International Piano Competition, and, in 2005, the Gold Medal at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition.

He is increasingly in demand for his noble and compelling interpretations, and has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

At the age of 13, he moved to Sydney where he lived until 2006. In 2009 he made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev Concerti with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony which was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House. His most recent recording, featuring Brahms & Liszt, has been widely praised.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include Alexander’s BBC Proms debut with BBC Scottish Symphony & Thomas Dausgaard, performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3. He will also make debuts with orchestras including Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Mainz Philharmonic & Orchestre National de Lille. He will make return visits to Hallé, Tokyo Symphony, Concertgebouworkest & Sydney Symphony amongst others.

Alexander is a Steinway Artist and more information is available on his website www.alexandergavrylyuk.com and public page ‘Alexander Gavrylyuk Piano News'.

Elin  Rombo

Elin Rombo Soprano

The Swedish soprano Elin Rombo is currently singing Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. Elin will later this spring appear as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier on the same stage. Last season Elin was a guest at at Opéra de Paris where she sang Anicia Eritea in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo followed by The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Staatsoper Berlin and Hanna Glawari in Stockholm.

Elin Rombo has previously sung Agnès in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Netherlands Opera and at the Royal Swedish Opera. Elin has appeared as Cunégonde in Candide, as well as in AscheMOND oder The Fairy Queen at Staatsoper Berlin and she has sung Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Göteborg Opera.

Elin Rombo's appearances at the Royal Swedish Opera have included Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites, Musetta in La Bohème, Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte, Mimì in La Bohème, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and the young Batsheba in the world premiere of Sven-David Sandström’s Batsheba.

Elin Rombo made her Salzburg Festival debut in the summer of 2009, singing 1st soprano in Luigi Nono’s Al gran sole carico d’amore under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher and later appeared in the Deutsche Staatsoper revival at Kraftwerk Berlin. She has sung Leila in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at Folkoperan, Stockholm, Timante in Floridante at the Handel Festival in Halle, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Mattei Festival in Sweden, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding and she appeared in the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Dionysus in Salzburg and at the revival with Staatsoper Berlin. Her roles at the Frankfurt Opera have included Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Corinna in Il viaggio a Reims.

On the concert platform Elin Rombo has appeared under the baton of Riccardo Muti in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Schubert’s Mass No 2 in G major (Saint Denis Festival/Orchestre de Paris). In the spring of 2012 she returned to Saint Denis to sing Mozart's Requiem with Orchestre de Paris and Sir Colin Davis. She has sang Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher in Salzburg, Mozart's C Minor Mass with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and toured with renowned Swedish choir Orphei Drängar in China, Japan and Singapore.

Elin Rombo studied at the Brandon University Queen Elisabeth II in Canada and the University College of Opera in Stockholm, where she graduated in 2003. Already during her studies she made her debut as Christa in The Makropoulos Case at the Royal Swedish Opera. In 2009 Elin Rombo received the prestigious Birgit Nilsson Scholarship. In November 2013 she was named Court Singer and in 2016 she was awarded the medal Litteris et Artibus by the Swedish King.

 Glasgow Cambiata

Glasgow Cambiata  

Glasgow Cambiata was formed by Frikki Walker in 2016 to sing a concert commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Last year they came together again to sing a concert celebrating the music of Scotland, and there are now plans to develop the choir to offer more performance opportunities and to expand the number of boys taking part. The choir is made up of choirs of boys with changing voices from the RSNO Junior Chorus and various schools around the Glasgow area.

 RSNO Chorus

RSNO Chorus  

The RSNO Chorus performs in around six different programmes in up to twenty concerts across Scotland with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra each year. The RSNO Chorus has also had great success in recording with the Orchestra. Its recordings, amongst others, of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, conducted by Neeme J?rvi, and Holst’s The Planets, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, have both attracted high critical acclaim.

In addition to its commitment to the Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus performs independently and has been invited to perform with orchestras in many parts of the world, establishing an international status and touring to Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Belfast, Australia, Trondheim and most recently, Amsterdam and Prague. In 2018 it performed Britten’s War Requiem with the RSNO at the BBC Proms.

The RSNO Chorus evolved from a choir formed in 1843 to sing the first full performance of Handel’s Messiah in Scotland. Today, it is one of the most successful choruses in the UK. In recent years, it has performed practically every work in the standard choral repertoire along with contemporary works by renowned composers, including John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, Howard Shore and James MacMillan.

The RSNO Chorus is directed by Gregory Batsleer, one of the UK’s most dynamic and in demand choral conductors and chorus masters. In 2015 Gregory received The Arts Foundation Fellowship in Choral Conducting.