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David Riddell  

conductor

Born in Elgin, Scotland, David Riddell was educated at various schools in North East Scotland before studying music at St. Andrews University, Edinburgh University, and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

Now resident in Denmark, he is artistic director and chief conductor of Randers Chamber Orchestra and artistic director of Aarhus Summer Opera. From 1989 until 1998 he was musical director of Århus Summer Opera, conducting many productions including Don Giovanni, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Clemanza di Tito, Don Pasquale, Falstaff, and Tugt og Utugt I Mellemtiden. In particular, his readings of Britten's three chamber operas - The Turn of the Screw, The Rape of Lucretia, and Albert Herring - have received much critical acclaim.

Riddell also enjoys a close association with the Danish National Opera (Den jyske Opera) where he has conducted Madama Butterfly, La Cenorentola, La Perichole, Paganini, Farinelli, The Pirates of Penzance, Orphée aux enfers and Candide. In 1993 he was musical director of the hit musical Cyrano at the Gladsaxe Theatre in Copenhagen, and he has taught at both the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and at the Royal Opera School.

He has been artistic director and chief conductor of Randers Chamber Orchestra since 1993, making several recordings and touring with them to Scotland, Iceland, Estonia, Greenland, Norway, Sweden and Russia. His other orchestral work includes frequent guest appearances with some of Denmark's leading orchestras : Odense Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, and Danish Radio's Light Orchestra. He has twice conducted the opening concert of the Aarhus International Festival, and has broadcast on Danish Television, TV2 Denmark, Danish Radio, BBC Radio, Channel 4 (UK), and Czech Radio, in both live broadcasts and studio recordings.

In Britain, his conducting activities have included appearances with The Northern Sinfonia, English Touring Opera (Eugene Onegin), The Garden Venture (world premiere of The Standard Bearer with the contemporary opera unit of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden), Scottish Opera (La Forza del Destino), the RSAMD in Glasgow (Mozart and Salieri by Rimsky-Korsakov), and The Little Angel Theatre Company in London (L'Histoire du Soldat).

David Riddell is also active as a composer/arranger and his work has been performed in Denmark, Germany, Finland and Scotland, and has been published by Wilhem Hansen Ltd. Copenhagen.

Live Dates

31/10/2016   Classical Lost and Found

GUSTAV HELSTED: Decet & String Quartet
"All of the instruments are well captured and balanced in both works, making this a demonstration grade disc. "
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24/10/2016   WTJU-FM

GUSTAV HELSTED: Decet & String Quartet
"If you’re interested in Bruckner, Mahler, or Shostakovich, then Helsted’s works are worthy of your attention."
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30/08/2016   Der Neue Merker

GUSTAV HELSTED: Decet & String Quartet
”Die hervorragende dänische Formation lässt keine Wünsche offen”
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22/07/2016   DR P2

GUSTAV HELSTED: DECET & STRING QUARTET
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
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19/07/2016   GregersDH

GUSTAV HELSTED: DECET & STRING QUARTET
4/6 Stars

"What an enormous amount of gems we find everywhere in Danish music. Unperformed. Forgotten."
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19/07/2016   Fyns Amts Avis

GUSTAV HELSTED: DECET & STRING QUARTET
4/6 Stars

"The Danish Sinfonietta are transparent and elegant in their performance"
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13/07/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

GUSTAV HELSTED Decet & Strygekvartet
4/6 Stars

"[..]Det er et indtagende og imødekommende værk, [..]"
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01/07/2016   David's Review Corner

GUSTAV HELSTED Decet & Strygekvartet
[..]"..with superb sound quality, this will probably be my ‘discovery of the year’."
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27/06/2016   Politiken

Decet & Strygekvartet
[..] "Strygerne bevæger sig overraskende rundt i harmonikken i aggressiv jagt" [..]
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26/04/2012   American Record Guide

Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen: Dance and Detours
"He has a way with delicate instrumental color and texture. Although not, perhaps, for the casual listener, the dedicated will be rewarded."
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02/02/2012   Klassisk

Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen: Dance and Detours
4/6 Stars

"Hatten af for Helge Slaattos og randersmusikernes tackling af udfordringerne på cd'en"
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Discography

Decet & String Quartet
Decet & String Quartet
Gustav Helsted

CD 8.226111 (2016)

Dance and Detours
Dance and Detours
Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen

CD 8.226565 (2012)

Rhythmic, precise chamber works from the 21st century where princes and mermaids take dangerous detours.

Orchestral Works vol. 11
Orchestral Works vol. 11
H.C. Lumbye

CD 8.554861 (2005)

Orchestral Works Vol. 10
Orchestral Works Vol. 10
H.C. Lumbye

CD 8.554860 (2004)

Galops, polkas and “war dances” from the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen

Orchestral Works Vol. 9
Orchestral Works Vol. 9
H.C. Lumbye

CD 8.554859 (2002)

Lumbye’s masterpiece Dream Pictures and many other wonderful pieces

Orchestral Works Vol. 8
Orchestral Works Vol. 8
H.C. Lumbye

CD 8.554858 (2002)

King George I’s Honour March and rarities like the Sandman’s Galop Fantasia!

Orchestral Works Vol. 7
Orchestral Works Vol. 7
H.C. Lumbye

CD 8.554857 (2002)

Souvenir de Jenny Lind – a tribute to “The Swedish Nightingale” and 11 other pieces


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