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. 

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 July 2014, Brönnimann was announced as the new Principal Conductor of Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, a post that he will take up in January 2015, following a strong relationship with the orchestra for several years.  In 2011 Brönnimann was appointed Artistic Director of Norway’s contemporary music ensemble BIT20. 

In the 13-14 season Brönnimann has made many significant debuts including with the Oslo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Norwegian Opera and the Britten Sinfonia.

Elsewhere Brönnimann returned to Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires) twice; once for an immersive concert performance of Nono Prometeo and for a second time to conduct Lachenmann The Little Match Girl with the composer as narrator.  He also returned to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, London Sinfonietta for several programmes 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. 

Born in Switzerland, Brönnimann trained at the City of Basel Music Academy and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.