Biography

Baldur Brönnimann is 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. In January 2015 he became the Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, following a long-standing relationship with the orchestra, and in September 2016 took up the position of Principal Conductor with the Basel Sinfonietta.

For many years Brönnimann has been the conductor of choice for composer projects at the highest level working closely with composers such as John Adams, Saariaho, Birtwistle, Chin, Adès and orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic. Whilst contemporary music continues to play a major part in Brönnimann’s work, he is now equally sought after in mainstream repertoire and as such is conducting a wide and eclectic range of repertoire across the globe most recently with orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Bordeaux and Bergen Philharmonic who he has conducted in a range of projects, including a multimedia-enhanced performance of Schönberg’s Erwartung and Verklärte Nacht at the Bergen Festival 2016.

Highlights of Brönnimann’s 2016/17 season include his Proms debut with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and BBC Singers in a programme celebrating the work of Pierre Boulez, his debut with the Aurora Orchestra in Bilbao, Munich Chamber and Danish National Symphony orchestras and returns to the Düsseldorf Symphony and Klangforum Wien with two projects, one of which is another Boulez celebration at the Wiener Festwochen. He will also tour to Taiwan with Ian Bostridge and Netia Jones with Dark Mirror, Zender’s orchestral reimagining of Schubert’s Winterreise which he premiered at the Barbican Centre in May 2016.

In the opera house, Brönnimann recently returned to the Teatro Colón, Argentina, for a production of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten which received great critical acclaim and at Norwegian Opera he conducted the world premiere of Rolf Wallin’s Elysium. Other recent highlights of Brönnimann’s opera work include La Fura dels Baus’s Ligeti Le Grand Macabre at English National Opera and the Teatro Colón, Argentina, John Adams Death of Klinghoffer (Tom Morris) at ENO, Saariaho L’amour de loin at Norwegian Opera and the Bergen International Festival and Romitelli Index of Metals with Barbara Hannigan at the Theater an der Wien. At Argentina’s Teatro Colón he has also conducted Schoenberg Erwartung, Szymanowski Hagith, and Lachenmann The Little Match Girl with the composer as narrator.

As Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, upcoming plans include tours and projects combining contemporary and unknown works with standard repertoire in typically unexpected ways, and plans with the Basel Sinfonietta include a performance of Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony. At the end of 2015 Brönnimann completed his four year tenure as Artistic Director of Norway’s leading contemporary music ensemble BIT20, with highlights of his final season including the world premiere of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s opera “UR” in Germany and the completion of a Ligeti disc for the BIS label. Brönnimann was Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia in Bogotá from 2008-2012.

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, and he now lives in Madrid.

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