The German conductor Michael Sanderling opened his seventh season as Chief Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic with the 8. Symphony by Gustav Mahler in the newly opened Dresden Philharmonic Concert Hall.

In addition to this permanent position, he is in high demand as a guest conductor, appearing regularly with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, the Munich Philharmonic, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the German Radio Symphony Orchestras of WDR and SWR.

Some of the recent and upcoming highlights include guest appearances with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

With the Dresden Philharmonic, Michael Sanderling regularly undertakes concert tours in Asia, South America, the U.S.A., Spain, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

Under the direction of Michael Sanderling, a recording of all the symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven and Dmitri Shostakovich is currently being produced in collaboration with SONY Classical. As of now, the first recordings of the cycle - the Symphonies No. 3 and 6 by Beethoven and No. 6 and 10 by Shostakovich - have been released, marking a new chapter in the discography of the Dresden Philharmonic.

Born in Berlin, Michael Sanderling is one of the few artists who, after an illustrious career as orchestra musician and soloist, has been able to achieve a highly successful career on the podium, establishing himself as one of the world's most appreciated conductors. In 1987, at the age of 20, he became solo cellist of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Kurt Masur and, from 1994 to 2006, he held the same position in the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. As soloist, he appeared with many of the world’s most esteemed ensembles, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Paris. However, it has been a long time since he last performed as a cellist.

Michael Sanderling first graced the conductor’s stand at a concert of the Kammerorchester Berlin in 2000 – and caught fire. Having been familiar with the art of conducting from a young age, as son of the legendary Kurt Sanderling, Michael Sanderling took on more and more conducting roles, and was named the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Kammerakademie Potsdam in 2006.

As an opera conductor, he enjoyed success with Philip Glass’ “The Fall of the House of Usher" in Potsdam, and with a new production of Sergei Prokofiev’s “War and Peace” at the Cologne Opera. He has made many CD recordings of important works by Dvořák, Schumann, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and others, both as cellist and as conductor.

One of Michael Sanderling’s passions is working with young musicians. He teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt/Main and regularly works with the Bundesjugendorchester (National Youth Orchestra of Germany), the Young Philharmonic Orchestra Jerusalem Weimar, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the Schleswig-Holstein-Festivalorchester. From 2003 to 2013, he was the principal conductor of the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie.

His musical horizons encompass works by Bach and Handel, to Beethoven and Shostakovich, to world premieres, of which he has conducted many by now.

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31.03.18 • Berlin • Konzerthaus
Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Philharmonic Choir Berlin
Christina Lanshamer, Sopran
Michael Nagy, Bariton
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

24./25.03.18 • Bern • Sporthalle Wankdorf
Berner Symphonieorchester
Mahler 6. Symphony

14.03.18 • Zurich • Tonhalle Maag
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Violine 
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Violoncello
Dvorak Karneval Ouverture
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1
Brahms Violin Concerto

03./05.03.18 • Vancouver • Orpheum Theatre
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
David Fray, piano
Wagner Meistersinger Ouverture
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1
Bruckner 3. Symphony

22.02.2018 • Lugano • Lugano Arte e Cultura
Orchestra Swizzera Italiana
Maria Agresta, soprano
Bizet, Leoncavallo, Verdi, Puccini

11./13.02.18 • Dresden • Kulturpalast
Dresden Philharmonic
Mikhail Petrenko, Bass
Estonian Natiional Male Choir
Shostakovich 13. Symphony

18./19.01.18 • Hannover • NDR Sendesaal
NDR Radiophilharmonie
Truls Mørk, Violoncello
Dvorak Cello Concerto
Schubert 8. Symphony


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