Thomas Søndergård conductor) was born in Holstebro, Jutland, in 1969. He originally studied percussion
at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 1989-92 with Professor Gert Mortensen, and was a member of the EU’s Youth Orchestra in 1989-92 with conductors like Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta and Bernard Haitink. Since 1992 he has been a solo timpanist in the Royal Danish Orchestra, and in 2001-02 he was also a teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. As a timpanist he has been engaged by among others the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Thomas Søndergård has studied conducting with Alexander Polianichko, Yves Abel and Graham Bond, and has had conducting engagements in the Royal Danish Orchestra’s chamber concert series, with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the South
Jutland Symphony Orchestra, the Esbjerg Ensemble, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the Jutland Ensemble, the Århus Sinfonietta and the ensemble Figura. In the summer of 2004 he was awarded the Ejnar Hansen Grant at a concert with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. Poul Ruders’ Kafka’s Trial is Thomas Søndergård’s debut as a conductor at the Royal Danish Opera.