Chief Conductor and Artistic Director- Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra
Lifetime Music Director Laureate- Osaka Symphony Orchestra
Born in St. Petersburg, where his father - the eminent conductor Kurt Sanderling - was permanent conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Thomas Sanderling was appointed Music Director of the Halle Opera at the age of 24. By his mid-twenties, Sanderling was already conducting the likes of the Dresden Staatskapelle and Leipzig Gewandhaus, and at the Komische Oper Berlin. His premiere recording of Shostakovich’s Michelangelo Suite directly led to his becoming assistant to both Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein. In the early 1980s, Sanderling became permanent guest conductor of the Deutsche Staatsoper, and made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper conducting Die Zauberflöte (“A Mozart full of mysteries...Astonishing!”, Wiener Kurier) and Le Nozze di Figaro. He has won many prizes – including, in August 2017, an ECHO KLASSIK Award for his recording of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Thomas Sanderling has conducted many of the world’s finest orchestras and opera companies, including the Baltimore Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, The Hallé, NDR Elphilharmonie, Oslo Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, WDR Symphony, London Philharmonic and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal; the Deutsche Oper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Hamburg State Opera, Mariinsky Theatre, Finnish National Opera and Teatro La Fenice.
Photograph credit - Andrea Felvegi
A stunning Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition... And the encore was simply the icing on the evening's glorious cake
*****Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post (May 2019)
Two great 20th-century works are united on a powerful new disc from Accentus... played by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted with cogent high energy by Thomas Sanderling
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian
Thomas Sanderling enjoyed a close relationship with Dmitri Shostakovich for many years, and still works in close collaboration with Irina Shostakovich. He originally met the composer whilst making his Moscow debut, conducting the State Orchestra of Russia at the invitation of Evgeny Svetlanov. Greatly impressed, Shostakovich entrusted Sanderling with the translation into German of the texts of his 13th and 14th Symphonies, and he conducted the German premieres of both works. Sanderling also recently conducted the world premiere recordings of the Michelangelo Suite with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for Orfeo, and the orchestral version of the Six Romances on Verses by British Poets with the Helsinki Philharmonic and Gerald Finley for Ondine. He has recorded for many other labels including DGG, Sony Classical, BIS and Chandos.
Recent season highlights have included two engagements with the Staatskapelle Dresden; a major tour of the UK (including London, Birmingham, Edinburgh) in May 2019 with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic; the Benelux and Asian premieres of Shostakovich’s Katerina Ismailova Symphony in Amsterdam and Beijing; and an acclaimed recording of the Stravinsky and Sibelius violin concertos for Accentus with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Photograph credit - Boguslaw Beszlej
Highlights in 19/20 and beyond include a concert in Moscow with the All Russian National Youth Orchestra and the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition prize winners; a special Weinberg programme with the Bruckner Orchester Linz and Gidon Kremer on the exact date of Weinberg’s centenary; a return to the Osaka Symphony (as Lifetime Music Director Emeritus) and a performance with the Shanghai Symphony.
“Sanderling inspired a sustained interpretation and conducted the comprehensive work with precise assurance and detailed awareness of tension throughout the gigantic soundscapes. Great acclaim”
Kronen Zeitung (Vienna), June 2019
“The Philharmonia Orchestra on top form under the enriching authority of the German conductor Thomas Sanderling”
Jean-Luc Caron, ResMusica
“A folksy swagger to the playing... Sanderling's stroll around Mussorgsky's artworks had a lovely coherence to it”
****The Herald (Scotland), May 2019
Wagner, R. Strauss, Brahms with Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio
Short film of Challenge Records LSO/Roth sessions
Tchaikovsky Serenade with Novosibirsk Philharmonic
Short film of Ondine Helsinki Philharmonic/Finley sessions