Baldur Brönnimann

Baldur Brönnimann has earned a reputation as a conductor of great flexibility with a broad-minded approach to music-making and a particular affinity for the most complex contemporary scores. He shares his time between the concert hall and the opera house, and whenever possible seeks out opportunities for educational and outreach work.

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For many years Brönnimann has been the conductor of choice for high-profile composer projects at the highest level and as such he has worked closely with John Adams, Saariaho, Birtwistle, Chin, Ades, amongst others. Whilst contemporary music continues to play a major part in Brönnimann’s career, he is now equally sought after in mainstream repertoire by many major orchestras across the globe.

In the 13-14 season Brönnimann makes many significant debuts including with the Oslo Philharmonic at the Ultima Festival, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Norwegian Opera conducting Saariaho L’Amour de Loin and the Britten Sinfonia in various concerts, including a performance of Birtwistle’s rarely heard Yan Tan Tethera at the Barbican Centre as part of the composer’s 80th birthday celebrations. Elsewhere Brönnimann returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra and Choir for a major choral project as part of the Three Choirs Festival and to the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) for an immersive concert performance of Nono Prometeo – a collaboration with London Sinfonietta and an Argentinian student orchestra, with electronics by Südwestfunk Baden-Baden. He also returns to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Porto Casa da Música, the London Sinfonietta for several programmes including a performance of Stockhausen Gruppen as part of the South Bank’s Rest is Noise series and to Klangforum Wien for a performance of Romitelli’s Index of Metals at the Theater an der Wien with Barbara Hannigan.

Brönnimann made his operatic debut with English National Opera in 2008 with Olga Neuwirth Lost Highway since which time he has returned to ENO for productions of John Adams Death of Klinghoffer (Tom Morris) and La Fura dels Baus’s Ligeti Le Grand Macabre, a work which he also conducted at the Teatro Colón, Argentina, and at Komische Oper Berlin in the Barry Kosky revival in 2013.

In December 2012, Brönnimann completed his four-year tenure as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia in Bogotá, where he established himself quickly and firmly as a significant and dynamic part of the local cultural scene, devising festivals, educational initiatives and working tirelessly to widen the reach of classical music in the region. In 2011 Brönnimann was appointed Artistic Director of Norway’s contemporary music ensemble BIT20 where his focus is very much on expanding the ensemble’s connection with their audience, building projects with the cultural community in Norway and creating new avenues for the ensemble. Projects with BIT20 this season include a recording of Ligeti’s Piano Concerto, and a range of varied programmes, which include music by Crumb, Birtwistle and Romitelli, alongside several Norwegian premieres and new music by Scandinavian composers.

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.

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