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Music Director: Minnesota Orchestra Music Director: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

The 2023/24 season sees Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård start his tenure as Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition, Thomas continues as Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, following six seasons as Principal Guest Conductor. Between 2012 and 2018, he served as Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW), after stepping down as Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

Thomas opened his first season as Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra with two weeks of concerts featuring music by Mozart, Strauss, Auerbach, Debussy, Barber and Ravel, and will lead the orchestra in their new year concerts. With the RSNO this season, in addition to their subscription series, Thomas will lead the orchestra’s residency at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg, joined by Lise de la Salle, as well as an extensive European tour with Ray Chen. Also this season Thomas makes his return to the London Symphony Orchestra as well as his debut with the New York Philharmonic where he will perform the US premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s Keyframes for a Hippogriff. In November 2023 he made his debut with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Thomas also makes regular guest appearances throughout Scandinavia this season, debuting with Iceland Symphony and the Bergen International Festival, where he leads a full staging of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt to Grieg’s complete incidental music. Return visits include Bergen Philharmonic, a joint collaboration with Aalborg and Aarhus Symfoniorkesters, and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, celebrating his receipt of the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Foundation Award for his outstanding contribution to Danish musical life.

He has appeared with many notable orchestras in leading European centres, such as Berlin (including Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin), Munich (Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks), Leipzig (Gewandhausorchester), Paris (Orchestre National de France), London (London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, London Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras), Amsterdam and Rotterdam (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic). He is a familiar figure in Scandinavia, with such orchestras as Oslo Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic. North American appearances to date have included the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, St Louis, Toronto, Atlanta, Montreal, Vancouver, Houston and Seattle. He has made highly successful tours to China, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Thomas is based in Copenhagen
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23/24 Season Highlights

Sep 2023
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
Richard Strauss Don Juan Op. 20 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto for Oboe in C major K. 314 Richard Strauss An Alpine Symphony Minnesota Orchestra
Nov 2023
Tonhalle Zurich
Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Piano No. 5 Op. 73 Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73 Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Feb 2024
Barbican, London
Lotta Wennäkoski Helsinki Variations Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Piano No. 5 Op. 73 Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43 London Symphony Orchestra