Thomas Sanderling

Thomas Sanderling
Russian-born conductor Thomas Sanderling is closely associated with the music of Dmitry Shostakovich. He has conducted a mixture of orchestras worldwide, generally to critical acclaim, and made a number of successful recordings. He has developed an equally respected reputation in opera, particularly for performances in the most important operatic centers in Germany, Austria, and Scandinavia. Despite his identity with Shostakovich, his repertory is broad, encompassing Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, and Dvorák, as well as moderns like Karl Weigl and Americans Menotti, Barber, and Tobias Picker.

Sanderling was born in Leningrad on October 2, 1942. His father, conductor Kurt Sanderling, was forced to flee Germany in 1936. Young Thomas studied first at the Leningrad Conservatory, then at the Hochschule für Musik in East Berlin. His first important post came at 24, when he was appointed director of the Hallé Opera. Throughout his early career, he centered his activity mostly in East Berlin, often leading orchestras in Dresden and Leipzig.

In the 1970s he developed a friendship with the declining Shostakovich, who presented Sanderling with scores to his Thirteenth and Fourteenth symphonies. Sanderling later led the German premieres of those controversial works.

After serving as guest conductor at the Berlin Staatskapelle (1978-1983), he began conducting in Western European opera houses, notably at the Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Royal Danish Opera, and Finnish National Opera. Now he also began branching out in his orchestral activity, conducting orchestras throughout Europe and the United States.

In 1992 he was appointed music director of Japan's Osaka Symphony Orchestra. Sanderling's reputation grew as the new century approached, especially from critically successful recordings like his Mahler Sixth Symphony on the Real Sound label, and the complete symphonies of Albéric Magnard, released in 1999-2000 on BIS Records. Sanderling's success in the recording studio continued with the acclaimed Chandos issue in 2000 of works by contemporary American composer Steve Gerber, and in 2002 with a recording of the Karl Weigl Symphony No. 5 on BIS, which received a Cannes Classical Award in 2003, the conductor's second.

In 2004 Sanderling accepted the post of principal guest conductor of the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra. He was active in several festivals honoring Shostakovich in 2006, and among his later recordings was a 2006 DG release of the rarely performed Shostakovich work The Tale of the Priest and His Servant, Balda.

Performances with the RNO

January 2017

On Tour

04 Wed

Huizhou Poly Theatre

Huizhou, Guangdong

Location

Program

Andrew Webb-Mitchell
Overture "Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light" (World Premiere)
Tchaikovsky
Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Suite from Swan Lake (arr. by Mikhail Pletnev)
Weber
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, op.74
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 5 (2nd movement)
Conductor:

Thomas Sanderling

Guest Artist:

Tony Shen, Clarinet

2017 China Tour

On Tour

02 Mon

Dongguan Yulan Theatre

Dongguan, Guangdong

Location

Program

Andrew Webb-Mitchell
Overture "Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light" (World Premiere)
Tchaikovsky
Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Suite from Swan Lake (arr. by Mikhail Pletnev)
Weber
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, op.74
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 5 (2nd movement)
Conductor:

Thomas Sanderling

Guest Artist:

Tony Shen, Clarinet

2017 China Tour

On Tour

01 Sun

Zhuhai Grand Theatre

Zhuhai

Program

Andrew Webb-Mitchell
Overture "Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light" (World Premiere)
Tchaikovsky
Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Suite from Swan Lake (arr. by Mikhail Pletnev)
Weber
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, op.74
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 5 (2nd movement)
Conductor:

Thomas Sanderling

Guest Artist:

Tony Shen, Clarinet

2017 China Tour

December 2016

On Tour

31 Sat

Zhuhai Grand Theatre

Zhuhai

Program

Glinka
Overture to "Ruslan and Ludmila"
Tchaikovsky
Peasant Girls's song from Eugene Onegin
Waltz of the Flowers from Nutcracker
Symphony No. 5 in E-minor, op.64
Borodin
Polovtsian Dances from "Prince Igor" (including Choral Dance no.17)
Conductor:

Thomas Sanderling

Guest Artist:

Zhuhai Classical Children's Choir

2017 China Tour

September 2011

In Russia

11 Sun

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Shostakovich
Symphony No. 13 for Bass, Bass Choir and Orchestra
Bernstein
Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish")
Conductor:

Thomas Sanderling

Guest Artists:

Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone

Maria Bulgakova, Soprano

Yurlov State Academic Choir

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

Vesna Children's Choir

Samuel Pisar, Narrator

2011 RNO Grand Festival

October 2003

In Russia

30 Thu

House of Music

Moscow

Russia

Program

Wagner
Die Meistersinger, Prelude
Schumann
Symphony No. 4 in D-minor, op. 120
Mussorgsky
Pictures from an Exhibition (arranged by Ravel)
Conductor:

Thomas Sanderling

2003-4 Season

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