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Stefan Sanderling
Principal Conductor

“World Class Concert”- Volksblatt - May 2012   

Awarded the Kilenyi Medal of Honor (Bruckner Medal) by the Board of Directors of the Bruckner Society of America for his contribution to the works of Bruckner in April 2012, Stefan Sanderling is a leading international conductor of his generation. He has held the position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra since 2003, a post which led to his hugely successful debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the “Spring for Music” series conducting Previn’s “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” and the powerful Shostakovich Symphony No. 6. Mr. Sanderling also holds the position of Conductor Emeritus and Artistic Advisor of the Florida Orchestra.

In 1989, Sanderling became one of Germany’s youngest conductors to take the position of Chief Conductor at the Brandenburgische Philharmonie and the Potsdam Opera. After five years, he went on to become Music Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Staatstheater in Mainz until 2001. He also served as Music Director of the Orchestre de Bretagne in France, before leaving to take up his post as Music Director of The Florida Orchestra a position he held until 2012. He has also held the position of Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra 2006/2011.

Born in East Berlin in 1964, the son of the late legendary conductor Kurt Sanderling, Mr. Sanderling studied musicology at the University of Halle and conducting at the conservatory in Leipzig with Kurt Masur before leaving East Germany to continue his studies in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California.

Mr. Sanderling made his U.S. debut at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Since then he has led such prestigious North American Orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Salt Lake City Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to name a few.

Worldwide guest conducting appearances include the Bamberg Symphony, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Berliner Staatskapelle, Bournemouth Symphony, Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Mozarteum Orchestra (Salzburg), NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, NTO (Vienna), Philharmonia Orchestra London,  Prague Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic London, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Vienna Radio Symphony. Mr. Sanderling has also guest conducted at both the Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper in Berlin. He made debuts in Australia with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and in Japan with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. His highly successful debut with the NHK Symphony of Tokyo has resulted in regular appearances with that orchestra and several other orchestras in Tokyo and throughout Japan.

Also an active recording artist, Stefan Sanderling made his first recording on the Sony Classics label with the London Symphony Orchestra. Quickly followed by three CDs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring symphonies by Haydn and Mendelssohn. For Naxos, he has recorded the complete Tchaikovsky Orchestral Suites with the RTE National Orchestra of Ireland and Stravinsky’s ballet “Pulcinella” with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. During his time as Music Director of the Orchestre de Bretagne he recorded/released 14 CD’s in all, some featuring early French music. In early 2012 he recorded works by Frederick Delius with the Florida Orchestra which will be released later this year.

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