Stefan Sanderling


Stefan Sanderling has swiftly emerged as one of the leading international conductors of his generation. Since the beginning of the 2003/04 season, he has simultaneously held the positions of Music Director of The Florida Orchestra and Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. During the last 5 years he has been the conductor of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. 

Mr. Sanderling made his U.S. debut at the 1989 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. 

Born in East Berlin in 1964, the son of legendary conductor Kurt Sanderling, Mr. Sanderling studied musicology at the University of Halle and conducting at the conservatory in Leipzig before leaving East Germany to continue his studies in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California. After the fall of the iron curtain, he returned to Germany where his career ascended rapidly. As one of the country's youngest chief conductors, Mr. Sanderling first held this position at the Brandenburgische Philharmonie and the Potsdam Opera in 1990. After five years, he went on to become Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Staatstheater in Mainz until 2001. Between 1997 and 2004, he also served as Music Director of the Orchestre de Bretagne in France. 

Worldwide guest conducting appearances include the Bamberg Symphony, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Berliner Staatskapelle, Bournemouth Symphony, 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. 

In May 2011, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra as part of the "Spring for Music" series with huge success conducting Previn's "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" and the powerful Shostakovich Symphony No. 6. 

Also an active recording artist, Stefan Sanderling made his first recording on the Sony Classics label with the London Symphony Orchestra. Three CDs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have recently been released 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. 
Stefan Sanderling is married to his French wife Isabelle a cellist and speaks fluent French, English, German, of course and a little Italian. 



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NameSanderling, Stefan
Born inGermany, Europe
Main languageGerman
Additional languages French,  English,  Italian 
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Opener smashing with protest music mastery of pianist duo Onder Sisters
2015-09-26 The Blade, Toledo

What last night's Toledo Symphony Classics opener demonstrated beyond dispute is that the music of protest need not be strident, repetitive or oversimplified to be moving.

In a program ranging from early 19th century to just a few years ago, the orchestra under principal conductor Stefan Sanderling sounded as vital and relevant as the compositions themselves.

With the addition of the dynamic duo known as the Onder Sisters, the evening was a smash.

You might not think of Brahms's "Symphony No. 1 in C minor" as a protest work but in Maestro Sanderling's hands, it revealed much about how Johannes Brahms strove to break the bonds of Classicism and move into Romanticism.


(Sally Vallongo)
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Sanderling neuer SOL-Chefdirigent
2015-09-17 Liechtensteiner Vaterland, Vaduz
"Der neue Chefdirigent des Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein heisst Stefan Sanderling (*1964). Er hat bereits mit vielen renommierten Orchestern in Berlin und Dresden, in London, Wien und Salzburg sowie in Tokyo und Sydney zusammengearbeitet. Seine Aufnahmen erschienen u.a. bei Sony Classics.SCHAAN. 

Das SOL bietet den Liechtensteinerinnen und Liechtensteinern auch im kommenden Jahr eine bunte Palette an Konzerten, herausragende Solistinnen und Solisten und, last but not least, einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Dieser wird ab dem kommenden Jahr den Taktstock von Florian Krumpöck übernehmen, dessen Vertrag nun nach drei Jahren ausläuft. Wir freuen uns über Florian Krumpöcks vermehrte internationale Tätigkeit und das noch vor uns liegende Konzert am Dienstag Abend, sowie das letzte Konzert am 17. November unter seiner Leitung. An dieser Stelle sei ihm schon heute für seine Arbeit und seinen Einsatz beim und für das Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein herzlich gedankt.

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