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Michael Sanderling, one of the most distinguished conductors of our time, has been the principal conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic since 2011.

Beside this position, he is guest conductor of renowned orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Munich Philharmonic, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, the Czech Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the German Radio Symphony Orchestras of WDR and SWR.

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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25./26.08.17 • Dresden • Kulturplast
Dresden Philharmonic
MDR Rundfunk Choir
Choir of the Dresden Staatsoper
Soloists: Christine Brewer, Ailish Tynan, Anna Lucia Richter, 
Janina Baechle, Gerhild Romberger, Brandon Jovanovich, 
Stephan Genz, Ain Anger
Mahler 8. Symphony

02./03./04.09.17 • Dresden • Kulturpalast
Dresden Philharmonic
Katia and Marielle Labèque, Piano
Mozart 5. Symphony
Mozart Piano Concerto KV 365
Strauss Ein Heldenleben

14./15./17.09.17 • Leipzig • Gewandhaus
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Antoine Tamestit, Viola
Widmann Viola Concerto
Brahms/Schoenberg Piano Quartet

21./22./23.0917 • Berlin • Konzerthaus
Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Vikingur Olafsson (Piano)
Mozart Piano Concerto KV 491
Bruckner 5. Symphony

07./08.10.17 • Dresden • Kulturpalast
Dresden Philharmonic
Julian Steckel (Cello)
Smetana Die Moldau
Lutosławski Cello Concerto
Beethoven 8. Symphony

20./22.10.17  • Porto • Casa de la Musica
Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto
Symphonic Metamorphosis of 
Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
Strauss Alpensinfonie


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