Principal Conductor, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Musica

Principal Conductor, Basel Sinfonietta


Baldur Brönnimann has established himself as one of the finest conductors of contemporary music across the world. He has worked at the highest level with composers such as John Adams, Saariaho, Birtwistle, Chin, Lachenmann, Lindberg, Haas mongst others and has conducted significant performances of major works by composers such as Ligeti, Romitelli, Boulez Vivier and Zimmermann most recently at the BBC Proms and Vienna Konzerthaus. A conductor of great flexibility with a broad-minded approach to programme-building and music-making, he shares his time between the opera house and concert hall, and is always eager to seek out educational and outreach opportunities as part of his work. He is Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and Principal Conductor of the Basel Sinfonietta.


In the 2017/18 season Brönnimann makes several significant debuts. In the US he makes his debut at New York’s Lincoln Center conducting Dark Mirror, Zender’s orchestral reimagining of Schubert’s Winterreise with Ian Bostridge at the Mostly Mozart Festival, and with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in subscription concerts. In Europe he debuts with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony at the Darmstadt Festival, with WDR Symphony in a programme celebrating the 100th anniversary of Zimmermann’s birth, the Estonian National Symphony orchestra and Orchestre National du Lyon amongst others. In past seasons, highlights have included projects with the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Bergen Philharmonic amongst others and more recently debuts with the Vienna Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Aurora and Munich Chamber orchestras. He also works regularly with Klangforum Wien both in Vienna and on tour.


In the opera house, Brönnimann has conducted Ligeti Le Grand Macabre at English National Opera, Komische Oper Berlin and Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) in both the La Fura dels Baus and Barrie Kosky productions, John Adams Death of Klinghoffer at English National Opera, Saariaho L’amour de loin at the Bergen Festival and Norwegian Opera 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 and Zimmermann Die Soldaten.


As Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and Basel Sinfonietta, Brönnimann continues to conduct programmes combining contemporary and unknown works with standard repertoire in typically unexpected ways. Between 2011-2015 Brönnimann was Artistic Director of Norway’s leading contemporary music ensemble BIT20, and from 2008-2012 Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia in Bogotá.


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.


2017/18 season / 460 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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