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APO announces artist change for The New Zealand Herald Premier Series: Landscapes


Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) has announced a late change to the conductor of New Zealand Herald Premier Series: Landscapes, taking place on Thursday 4 April at Auckland Town Hall.

Daniel Blendulf is a highly-respected conductor in his homeland of Sweden, and the APO is pleased to welcome him to Auckland to debut with the orchestra for the first time. Fittingly, he joins the orchestra for some classic pieces of Scandinavian repertoire such as Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony.

Blendulf has a wealth of experience performing with orchestras all over the world, including a recent tour with Salzburg Camerata where he conducted at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival with Janine Jansen.

Blendulf will be replacing the previously advertised Tadaaki Otaka as conductor of this concert. Otaka is unwell and regrettably cannot make it to Auckland for this APO concert. We wish him good health and look forwarding to performing with him in the future. 

About Daniel Blendulf

Daniel Blendulf has established himself as one of Scandinavia’s most highly regarded young conductors. 

The 2018/19 season sees Daniel Blendulf make debuts with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Flanders Symphony Orchestra and Dortmunder Philharmoniker; and he returns to Gothenburg Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur, Gävle Symfoniorkester and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.

Recent highlights include Singapore Symphony Orchestra, a tour with Salzburg Camerata which saw Blendulf conduct at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival with Janine Jansen, Yomiuri Nippon, Finnish Radio, and Iceland Symphony Orchestras, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (with Carolin Widmann), Sydney and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester and Aalborg Symfoniorkester.

Blendulf enjoys a dynamic collaboration with the Dalasinfoniettan as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor. The 2018/19 season commences with Blendulf embarking on a tour in Japan with the Orchestra and cellist Torleif Thedéen, performing in Tokyo and Sapporo. Elsewhere in Sweden, Blendulf is a regular guest with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and, as a strong advocate of contemporary Swedish music; his most recent subscription concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra featured Anders Eliasson’s Violin Concerto, Einsame Fahrt, in memory of the late composer. 

As an opera conductor, productions have included Don Pasquale, and the world premiere of Eliasson’s chamber opera Karolinas sömn with the Royal Swedish Opera; Carmen with Dalhalla Opera; Gounod’s Faust with Folkoperan; and Berg’s Wozzeck with Norrlandsoperan in Umeå. Formerly a cellist, Blendulf won First Prize at the Swedish Conducting Competition in 2008, and in 2014, was awarded the Herbert Blomstedt Conducting Prize.

The New Zealand Herald Premier Series: Landscapes

7.30pm, Thursday 4 April 2019
Auckland Town Hall




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