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Petter Sundkvist

Conductor

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Conductor Petter Sundkvist boasts a broad range in repertoire, ranging from the great classics to contemporary music. He has conducted more than 100 premier performances of contemporary music and around 30 opera productions in a variety of venues including all the major Opera houses in Sweden. A regular guest with all the major Swedish orchestras, he has also appeared with major symphony orchestras throughout Scandinavia, Germany, Russia, Italy, Slovakia, Croatia, the Netherlands and Scotland. With a background in his internationally acclaimed recordings of the music by Joseph Martin Kraus, Petter Sundkvist has gained a reputation as an expert in the performance of eighteenth and early nineteenth century music.

 

In the 90s Sundkvist rapidly achieved a leading position on the Swedish musical scene and is today among the most sought after of Swedish conductors. He served as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Norrbotten Chamber Orchestra, the contemporary music ensemble Norrbotten NEO and Piteå Chamber Opera 1999-2012, ensembles with which he has toured USA, Portugal and the Nordic Countries.

He was Principal Conductor of the chamber orchestra Musica Vitae until 2004-2007, an orchestra with which he has toured Spain and the United States. He held position as First Guest Conductor with the Gavle Symphony Orchestra 2002-2005, and up until 2004 he had a similar position with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, where he collaborated on numerous CD-recordings.

 

In 1995, Naxos awarded him a leading position in a comprehensive recording series devoted to Swedish music. Especially the five CDs with music by Joseph Martin Kraus with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra have been much acclaimed in international press. The first Kraus CD received Cannes Classical Award in 1999. He is also represented on the labels BIS, Dacapo Records, Caprice, Swedish Society and Phono Suecia.

 

Among the artists with which Petter Sundkvist has collaborated throughout the years are Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Janine Jensen, Peter Mattei, Anna Larsson, Truls Mørk, Nina Stemme, Ronald Bräutigam, Andreas Blau, Gordon Hunt, Martin Fröst, Karen Gomyo, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Christian Lindberg and Dame Evelyn Glennie.

 

The last years, Sundkvist main focus have been on contemporary music, especially in his work with Norrbotten NEO – an extended Pierrot Lunaire ensemble which he founded in 2007 with funding from the national, regional and municipal governments. His strong commitment to contemporary music has given opportunities to close collaborations and premiered works by many important composers. Among them: Chaya Czernowin, Magnus Lindberg, Anders Eliasson, Bent Sørensen, Ingvar Lidholm, Per Nørgård, David Felder and Jan Sandström.

 

In 2003, Petter Sundkvist was appointed Professor in Orchestra Conducting at the Luleå University of Technology – School of Music in Piteå. One of his first tasks was to be chairman of the workgroup that was formed at the University, to envision and realize Studio Acusticum – a high end concert hall and studio with great acoustics. The Venue is today the home of Norrbotten NEO.

 

Born in Boliden – a small mining village in the north of Sweden, Petter Sundkvist is a cellist, trumpeter and pianist by training. He turned to conducting studies, aged 23, at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm under the guidance of Jorma Panula, Eric Ericson and Kjell Ingebretsen. In May 2015 it was announced that Petter Sundkvist has been elected as member of the The Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

 

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Petter Sundkvist har – förutom de svenska orkestrarna – dirigerat symfoniorkestrar i hela Norden, Storbritannien, Tyskland, Holland, Italien, Kroatien, Slovakien, Ungern och Ryssland.

Under 2000-talet har han varit knuten som chefdirigent eller förste gästdirigent i Svenska Kammarorkestern, Gävle Symfoniorkester och Norrbottens Kammarorkester/Norrbotten Neo. Åren 2004-2007 var Petter Sundkvist även chefdirigent för Musica Vitae, med vilka han även genomförde turnéer i Spanien och USA.

Petter Sundkvist ägnar mycket tid åt nutida musik och har gjort närmare 200 uruppföranden. Han har också dirigerat ett femtontal uppsättningar i de svenska operahusen och ett liknande antal kammaroperauppsättningar.

Skivbolaget Naxos gav 1995 Petter Sundkvist en ledande roll i ett omfattande inspelningsarbete av svensk musik. Internationellt har i synnerhet inspelningarna av Stenhammar med Royal Scottish National Orchestra och Joseph Martin Kraus med Svenska Kammarorkestern blivit uppmärksammade. I de senare inspelningarna utforskar Petter Sundkvist den moderna orkesterns möjligheter till ett tidstroget spel - något som även speglas i hans arbete med Haydn, Mozart och Beethovens musik. De fyra Kraus-albumen har alla mottagits med lovord från internationell press, och den första belönades 1999 med det prestigefyllda Cannes Classical Award. Vid sidan av de talrika Naxos-inspelningarna innehåller Petter Sundkvists diskografi även inspelningar på BIS, Caprice, Swedish Society, DaCapo och Phono Suecia med bland andra Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester och Göteborgs Symfoniker.

Petter Sundkvist har sedan 2002 en tjänst som professor vid Musikhögskolan i Piteå. År 2015 valdes Petter Sundkvist in som ledamot i Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien.

 

Copyright - CatF7 20131210 Photos: Adam Walanus, Anders Alm, Jan-Olav Wedin

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