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Thomas Søndergård   (Born 1969)

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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.

Live Dates

01/04/2010   Ballet Review

Poul Ruders: Kafka's Trial and Four Dances
"Knussen and his Birminghamforces give their all throughout."
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04/01/2010   Classics Today

Poul Ruders: Concertos
"I can think of no better introduction to Ruders' music than this appealing new disc."
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12/10/2009   Classical Music Sentinel

Poul Ruders: Koncerter
"This composer has always been a great orchestrator and manipulates the orchestra brilliantly in and around these 10 variations to create new and intriguing soundscapes at each and every turn."
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14/09/2009   The New York Times

Poul Ruders: Koncerter
"Apocalyptic might be a better description of the manner in which the percussionist, accompanied by dark orchestral rumblings, pounds his way through to a stark conclusion."
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17/08/2009   The Philadelphia Inquirer

Poul Ruders: Koncerter
4/5 Stars

"Percussion virtuoso Matthias Reumert acts as a frame for a troubled landscape of aggressive, atonal adventures in all sections of the orchestra with an apocalyptic climax. Performances of these often crowded musical collages will never be easy, but there’s no hint of struggle and many flashes of comprehension on this disc."
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01/07/2009   Gramophone

Per Nørgård: Seadrift
"Substantial works ... Bente Vist is the radiant soprano ... Dacapo’s sound is first-rate."
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15/06/2009   David's Review Corner

Poul Ruders: Koncerter
"The Aarhus Symphony give highly committed performances directed by Thomas Sondergard, and the engineering delivers clarity in thick textures."
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Discography

Concertos
Concertos
Poul Ruders

CD 8.226034 (2009)

Ruders’ international success Concerto in Pieces and virtuoso concertos for violin and percussion

Seadrift
Seadrift
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226067 (2009)

Three celestial, dazzlingly beautiful works for soprano that explore the harmony of the universe

Concertos
Concertos
Bent Lorentzen

CD 8.226516 (2006)

Unconventional, playful music for among other instruments horn and shotgun!

Kafka's Trial
Kafka's Trial
Poul Ruders

CD 8.226042-43 (2006)

The vibrant successor to Ruders’ world success The Handmaid’s Tale


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