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, has performed at festivals such as the BBC Proms, Wien Modern, Darmstadt, Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center and has conducted significant performances of major works by composers such as Ligeti, Romitelli, Boulez, Vivier and Zimmermann. A conductor of great flexibility, with a broad-minded approach to programme-building and music-making, he believes strongly in the importance of educational and outreach opportunities, and the need to question the traditional boundaries of classical music. He is Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and Principal Conductor of the Basel Sinfonietta.

Highlights of Brönnimann’s 2018/19 season include a return to the Seoul Philharmonic, and debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg in the orchestra’s Rainy Days contemporary music festival, with Staatskapelle Weimar, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the orchestras of Valencia, Galicia and Asturias, and with Tapiola Sinfonietta (Finland). He will also be Artistic Director of the 2019 Avanti! Festival in Finland. In past seasons, highlights have included projects with the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras amongst others and more recently debuts with the Vienna Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, WDR 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.

2018/19 season / 435 words. Not to be altered without permission.