Baldur Brönnimann is a conductor of great flexibility, with a broad-minded approach to programme-building and music-making. In the earlier stages of his career, he developed a reputation as one of the finest conductors of contemporary music, working at the highest level with composers such as John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, Harrison Birtwistle, Unsuk Chin, Helmut Lachenmann, Magnus Lindberg, Georg Friedrich Haas. Whilst his work maintains a focus on contemporary music, Brönnimann is now regularly sought after beyond this niche and is working with a wide range of orchestras across the globe. He also has a strong commitment to educational and outreach work, and to challenging the traditional boundaries of classical music.
Brönnimann has performed at festivals such as Wien Modern, Darmstadt, Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center and has conducted significant performances of major works by composers such as Ligeti, Romitelli, Boulez, Vivier, Schnebel and Zimmermann. In recent seasons he has conducted the Seoul Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Aurora and Munich Chamber orchestras among others, and last season’s highlights included return visits to the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and to the Vienna Radio Symphony at the Musikverein. In 2020 he made his debut with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra with Emmanuel Pahud as soloist, and in 2021 he looks forward to returns to the WDR Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras. He works regularly with contemporary music ensembles, including Klangforum Wien both in Vienna and on tour and the Ensemble Intercontemporain whom he conducted at the BBC Proms in a programme celebrating the music of Boulez.
In the opera house, Brönnimann has conducted Ligeti Le Grand Macabre at English National Opera, Komische Oper Berlin and Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires) in both the La Fura dels Baus and Barrie Kosky productions, John Adams Death of Klinghoffer at English National Opera, Kaija 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 Helmut Lachenmann The Little Match Girl with the composer as narrator and Zimmermann Die Soldaten.
Brönnimann is Principal Conductor of the Basel Sinfonietta with whom he continues to conduct programmes combining contemporary and unknown works with standard repertoire in typically unexpected ways. In 2020 he concluded his hugely successful six-year tenure as Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. Between 2011–2015 he 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.
Livestreams & Broadcasts
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya | December 2020
Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L.86
Marc-André Dalbavie: Flute Concerto
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye, M.62
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Available until 13 January 2021
Contemporary orchestral highlights
Cobalt, Scarlet (Two Colours of Dawn)
Madonna of Winter and Spring
locus... doublure... solus
Index of Metals
How Slow the Wind
Håkan (Trumpet Concerto)
The Dark Mirror (Schubert's Winterreise)
Selected repertoire highlights
The Miraculous Mandarin
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste
The Three-Cornered Hat
Three Places in New England
Dances of Galanta
Concerto for Orchestra
Petite Symphonie Concertante
Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
Four Last Songs
Rite of Spring
The Fairy’s Kiss
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."
"All performed dazzlingly… Baldur Brönnimann, conducting, marshalled these disparate forces with the ease of one taking a stroll."
Seen and Heard International
"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."