This week, Thomas Søndergård conducts his inaugural concerts as Music Director of Royal Scottish National Orchestra, presenting a programme of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Francesco Piemontesi, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and the Scottish premiere of Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski’s Flounce. Concerts take place in Dundee (4 October), Edinburgh (5 October) and Glasgow (6 October).
He remains with RSNO next week for a further three concerts in Edinburgh (12 October), Glasgow (13 October) and Aberdeen (14 October). Joined by mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison, Thomas conducts selected movements from Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 and 2, Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Rachmaninov’s powerful Symphony No. 1.
Further plans this season with RSNO include tours to China and the United States, premieres of new commissions, and Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti. In addition to his work with RSNO, Thomas will make debuts with Chicago Symphony Orchestra (joined by Alexander Gavrylyuk), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and Tapiola Sinfonietta. He makes return visits to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Royal Danish Academy Copenhagen, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot).