Eivind Aadland, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Designate

Eivind Aadland, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Designate

Eivind Aadland is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Designate of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He was Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (2004-2010), during which time he conducted complete cycles of the Beethoven and Mahler symphonies and has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Eivind Aadland has conducted the major Scandinavian orchestras as well as Den Norske Opera, Oslo. In 2010 he toured China with the Trondheim orchestra and made his debut with the KBS Symphony in Korea. He is a frequent visitor to the Oslo Philharmonic and West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne. He has recorded with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and worked with orchestras such as the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Seoul Philhamonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Recent appearances have included concerts with the Orchestra Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Staatskapelle Weimar. Eivind Aadland’s recordings include a 2017 release of Eyvind Alnaes’s Symphony and Piano Concerto with Håvard Gimse and the Oslo Philharmonic. November 2015 saw the final instalment in a five-CD set of Grieg’s complete orchestral works, recorded with the Cologne orchestra. He is a devoted collector of, and authority on, contemporary art.

Marko Letonja, Conductor Laureate

Marko Letonja, Conductor Laureate

Marko Letonja is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Music Director of the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra from the start of the 2018-19 season. Born in Slovenia, he studied at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and the Vienna Academy of Music. He was Music Director of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra from 1991 to 2003 and Music Director and Chief Conductor of both the Symphony Orchestra and the Opera in Basel from 2003 to 2006. He was Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Victoria in 2008 and made his debut with the TSO the following year. He took up the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the TSO at the start of 2012. He has worked with many orchestras in Europe including the Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Milan. He has also worked in many renowned opera houses such as the Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, La Scala Milan, Semper Oper Dresden and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Recent engagements include Der Ring des Nibelungen for the Royal Swedish Opera, Boris Godunov for the Bavarian State Opera and Le nozze di Figaro for the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Johannes Fritzsch, Principal Guest Conductor

Johannes Fritzsch, Principal Guest Conductor

Principal Guest Conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch was the QSO’s Chief Conductor from 2008 to 2013. Almost concurrently, he was Chief Conductor of the Graz Philharmonic and Graz Opera (Austria). Previously, he has held the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director with both Nuremberg State Opera and the Freiburg State Theatres and Philharmonic Orchestra. Johannes Fritzsch was born in 1960 in Meissen, Germany, where he completed his musical education. He has conducted orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Opera companies with which he has worked include the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper Berlin, Opéra Bastille, Royal Opera Stockholm and Opera Australia. Over the past 20 years he has given many masterclasses for the German conductor training and development organisation, Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates. Similarly, he has been actively involved in nurturing up-and-coming conductors in Australia through training programs run by Symphony Services International. In January 2015, he joined the University of Tasmania as Adjunct Professor, Conservatorium of Music, Tasmanian College of the Arts. He is the Course Leader of the recently founded Australian Conducting Academy in cooperation between UTAS and the TSO.

Elena Schwarz, Associate Conductor

Elena Schwarz, Associate Conductor

Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz was the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s first ever Assistant Conductor in 2017. She is currently Assistant Conductor to Mikko Franck at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Recent conducting engagements include ‘Portrait’ concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Lucerne Festival Academy, concerts with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Orchestre de Cannes and the 2016 Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, where she conducted Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto with soloists Renaud Capuçon and Nicholas Angelich. In addition to engagements with the TSO, the 2017-18 season includes performances with the Orchestre de Pasdeloup, Orchestre de Opéra National de Lorraine, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. She works regularly with contemporary music ensembles such as Ensemble Matka, Remix, Ensemble Diagonal and the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie (Frankfurt).