Guest Musicians 2017

Torleif Thedéen


Torleif Thedéen is one of the most highly regarded musicians in Scandinavia. He gained international recognition in 1985 by winning three of the world’s most prestigious cello competitions.

Since then he has been giving concerts all over the world. Mr Thedéen regularly plays not only with all the leading orchestras in Scandinavia, but also with some of the world’s major orchestras, among them the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Israel Sinfonietta – under conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Neeme Järvi, Franz Welser-Möst, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Leif Segerstam, and Eri Klas.

Torleif Thedéen is also active as a chamber musician, and as such appears in prestigious concert venues worldwide such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He often participates in prestigious music festivals, among them the Verbier Festival (2007, 2009), Prague Spring Festival, the festival in Schleswig- Holstein, and festivals in in Bordeaux, Oslo, Bath, Stavanger and Kuhmo.

Since 1986 Mr Thedéen has recorded numerous CDs for BIS, featuring standard repertoire works as well as contemporary music. His CD of Shostakovich cello concertos won the Cannes Classical Award in 1995, and his recording of J.S. Bach’s Solo Suites for solo cello was highly received when it was released in 2000 (Editor’s choice in BBC Music Magazine, Nov 2001). In 2002 his recording of Dvořák’s cello concerto was released.

In the 2016/17 season Mr Thedéen returns to New Zealand and Australia for chamber music festivals and orchestra concerts. Chamber music tours include returns to Verbier, Carnegie Hall, Berlin and London (Wigmore Hall). In September 2017 he will play Elgar in Moscow.

Torleif Thedéen served as Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen from 1992-96. Since 1996 he has been Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Stockholm. He plays the ex-Lynn Harrel cello by David Techler from 1711.




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