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Thomas Søndergård Makes His Debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor Sir Donald Runnicles Cancels Appearance
Conductor Thomas Søndergård
Due to the current pandemic situation and the associated travel restrictions, conductor Sir Donald Runnicles unfortunately has had to cancel his appearance as part of the online festival “The Golden Twenties.”

Standing in for him, Thomas Søndergård will take to the conductor’s desk of the Berliner Philharmoniker
for the first time. The orchestra is very grateful that Thomas Søndergård is able to step in at such short notice.

The programme of the concert has been partially changed and is now: 20 February 2021, 19:00, Berlin, Philharmonie Berlin Berliner Philharmoniker

Thomas Søndergård conductor
Sergei Prokofiev
The Love for Three Oranges. Suite op. 33a
Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 6 in D minor, op. 104
Kurt Weill The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny: Suite (arr. Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg)

Thomas Søndergård

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 from 2012 to 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 the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and a number of orchestras in Germany, such as Bamberger Symphoniker,
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Gewandhausorchester

A passionate supporter of the music of Carl Nielsen, Søndergård conducted the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Nielsen᾽s Sixth Symphony at Musikfest Berlin in September 2015.

Also experienced in the opera, he has conducted productions at Royal Danish Opera, Norwegian Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot) and Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he led the premiere of Andrea
Scartazzini᾽s Edward II. in 2017.

Thomas Søndergård was born in Holstebro in 1969 and studied percussion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He began his career as percussionist with the Royal Danish Orchestra, before turning to conducting. He now makes his debut at the helm of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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