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Baldur Brönnimann

Conductor
Principal Conductor, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música / Principal Conductor, Basel Sinfonietta

  • Baldur Brönnimann has established himself as one of the finest conductors of contemporary music across the world. He has worked at the highest level with composers such as John Adams, Saariaho, Birtwistle, Chin, Lachenmann, Lindberg, Haas mongst others and has conducted significant performances of major works by composers such as Ligeti, Romitelli, Boulez Vivier and Zimmermann most recently at the BBC Proms and Vienna Konzerthaus. A conductor of great flexibility with a broad-minded approach to programme-building and music-making, he shares his time between the opera house and concert hall, and is always eager to seek out educational and outreach opportunities as part of his work. He is Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and Principal Conductor of the Basel Sinfonietta.

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  • In the 2017/18 season Brönnimann makes several significant debuts. In the US he makes his debut at New York’s Lincoln Center conducting Dark Mirror, Zender’s orchestral reimagining of Schubert’s Winterreise with Ian Bostridge at the Mostly Mozart Festival, and with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in subscription concerts. In Europe he debuts with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony at the Darmstadt Festival, with WDR Symphony in a programme celebrating the 100th anniversary of Zimmermann’s birth, the Estonian National Symphony orchestra and Orchestre National du Lyon amongst others. In past seasons, highlights have included projects with the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Bergen Philharmonic amongst others and more recently debuts with the Vienna Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Aurora and Munich Chamber orchestras. He also works regularly with Klangforum Wien both in Vienna and on tour.


    In the opera house, Brönnimann has conducted Ligeti Le Grand Macabre at English National Opera, Komische Oper Berlin and Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) in both the La Fura dels Baus and Barrie Kosky productions, John Adams Death of Klinghoffer at English National Opera, Saariaho L’amour de loin at the Bergen Festival and Norwegian Opera and Romitelli Index of Metals with Barbara Hannigan at the Theater an der Wien. At Argentina’s Teatro Colón he has also conducted Schoenberg Erwartung, Szymanowski Hagith, and Lachenmann The Little Match Girl with the composer as narrator and Zimmermann Die Soldaten.


    As Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and Basel Sinfonietta, Brönnimann continues to conduct programmes combining contemporary and unknown works with standard repertoire in typically unexpected ways. Between 2011-2015 Brönnimann was Artistic Director of Norway’s leading contemporary music ensemble BIT20, and from 2008-2012 Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia in Bogotá.


    Born in Switzerland, Brönnimann trained at the City of Basel Music Academy and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he was subsequently appointed Visiting Tutor in Conducting, and he now lives in Madrid.

    2017/18 season / 460 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Opera highlights

Adams The Death of Klinghoffer
English National Opera 
Director: Tom Morris


Birtwistle Yan Tan Tethera
Britten Sinfonia 
Director: John Lloyd Davies
Barbican Centre


Chin Alice in Wonderland (UK Premiere)
BBC Symphony Orchestra 
Director: Netia Jones
Barbican Centre


Lachenmann The Little Match Girl
Teatro Colón/Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra 
Narrator: Helmut Lachenmann
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires


Ligeti Le Grand Macabre
English National Opera 
La Fura dels Baus


Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires 
La Fura dels Baus


Komische Oper Berlin 
Director: Barry Kosky


Nono Promoteo
Teatro Colón/London Sinfonietta
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires 


Saariaho L’Amour de Loin
Norwegian Opera 
Bergen International Festival 


Schoenberg Erwartung
Szymanowski Hagith
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires 


Stravinsky Oedipus Rex (staged)
Bergen International Festival 


Tan Dun Marco Polo
Bergen International Festival 


Rolf Wallin Elysium (World Premiere)
Norwegian Opera 
Director: David Pountney


Zimmermann Die Soldaten
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires

Contemporary orchestral highlights

Adams
Harmonielehre


Adès
Asyla


Birtwistle
Earth Dances


Unsuk Chin
Violin Concerto
Rocana


Dean
Viola Concerto


Dusapin
Go


Francesconi
Cobalt, Scarlet (Two Colours of Dawn)


Harvey
Madonna of Winter and Spring


Hillborg
Cold Heat


Lachenmann
Accanto


Ligeti
Piano Concerto


Lindberg
Arena
Cantigas

Clarinet Concerto


Neuwirth
locus... doublure... solus


Nunes
Ruf


Romitelli
Index of Metals 


Saariaho
Verblendungen


Steen-Anderson
double up


Stockhausen
Gruppen


Takemitsu
How Slow the Wind


Turnage
Håkan (Trumpet Concerto) 


Zappa
Sad Jane 


Zender
The Dark Mirror (Schubert's Winterreise

Selected repertoire highlights

Bartók
The Miraculous Mandarin
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste


Beethoven
Symphony No.2
Symphony No.3
Symphony No.4
Symphony No.5


Berg
Chamber Concerto


Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique


Brahms
Symphony No.4


Debussy
La Mer


Dutilleux
Symphony No.1
Symphony No.2


de Falla
The Three-Cornered Hat


Ives
Three Places in New England


Kodály
Dances of Galanta


Lutoslawski
Concerto for Orchestra


Mahler
Symphony No.5


Martin
Petite Symphonie Concertante


Messiaen
Turangalila


Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)


Nielsen
Symphony No.5


Prokofiev
Symphony No.2
Symphony No.7


Schnittke
Viola Concerto 


Schoenberg
Verklärte Nacht


Shostakovich
Symphony No.4
Symphony No.5
Symphony No.7


Sibelius
Symphony No.5


Strauss
Metamorphosen
Four Last Songs


Stravinsky
Petrushka
Rite of Spring
The Fairy’s Kiss


Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.5


Varese
Integrales


Wagner
Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod 

Baldur Bronnimann led the orchestra with clear, concentrated gestures and worked out the subtleties of the pieces without loss of sound, dynamism and expressiveness.

Wiener Zeitung

All performed dazzlingly… Baldur Brönnimann, conducting, marshalled these disparate forces with the ease of one taking a stroll.

Observer

Precision and spirit, rhythm and harmony: all contributed, as they might have done under Boulez himself, to a splendid performance... Brönnimann’s strong sense of direction was palpable, as was the security of every performer.

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