Thomas Sanderling
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Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra
Born in
Music School of the Leningrad Conservatory
Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin
Mieczislaw Weinberg's last opera The Idiot
Cannes Classical Award
INMA Award
Grammy (Nomination)
Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical International, Naxos, BIS, Chandos, Audite, Berlin Classics
Short Biography
He was brought up in St Petersburg, where his father, the celebrated conductor Kurt Sanderling, was permanent conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He graduated from the Music School of the Leningrad Conservatory and went on to study conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in East Berlin, becoming Music Director of the Halle Opera at the age of 24.

By his mid-twenties he was conducting in all East Germany's principal orchestras and opera houses and won the Berlin Critic's Prize for his opera performances at the Komische Oper Berlin. In the 1970s he developed a friendship with Shostakovich, who presented him with scores to his 13th and 14th Symphonies. Later he led the German premieres of both works. His recording of Shostakovich's Michelangelo Suite directly lead to his becoming assistant to both Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein.

He has conducted the most distinguished orchestras and performed with such renowned soloists as David Oistrach, Emil Gilels, Gidon Kremer. In 2004 he accepted the post of principal guest conductor of the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides his other engagements he is also principal guest conductor of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra and the Osaka Symphony, which awarded him the title of Music Director Laureate for his Lifetime.

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