Michael Schønwandt, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic since August 2010, is Music Director of the Royal Orchestra and the Royal Opera in Copenhagen and has also held posts as Chief Conductor of the Berliner Sinfonieorchester (1992-1998), Principal Guest Conductor of La Monnaie in Brussels (1984-87), Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (1987-2000), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra.
Michael Schønwandt was born in Copenhagen in 1953. After his early musical training in piano, theory, and composition in Denmark he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1979 he was engaged as Permanent Conductor of the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen with whom, during subsequent seasons, he conducted a wide repertoire ranging from Mozart to Ligeti. Besides he has conducted at leading opera houses around the world, including regular appearances with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Monnaie in Brussels, Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, Nice Opera, the Stuttgart Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cologne Opera and in Bayreuth.
Michael Schønwandt worked with orchestras in Berlin, Vienna, London, Israel, Düsseldorf, Dresden, Stuttgart, Warsaw, Geneva, Nice, Lyon, Monte Carlo, Milan, Sevilla and Helsinki, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Royal Flanders Philharmonic and the Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie in Brussels among many others.
Michael Schønwandt has a special interest in Danish music. He is regarded as one of the leading exponents of Carl Nielsen’s music and has recorded all his symphonies and concertos. He has also recorded the complete symphonies by Niels Gade and Christoph Weyse. His interest in contemporary music has led him to conduct many world premieres by Danish composers. Other world premieres include works by Henze, Kurtág and Ruder.
For Chandos he has made many notable recordings with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Future plans, apart from his continuing association with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, include performances of Die Meistersinger in Hamburg, Katya and Tristan in Stuttgart, The Cunning Little Vixen at the Paris Opéra, and concerts with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw, Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie in Brussels, the orchestra of the Staatstheater Stuttgart, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg and the Royal Flanders Philharmonic.
Laatste aanpassing op Monday 16 August 2010