Principal Conductor, Toledo Symphony
Manager: Mark Z. Alpert
Management Territory: North & South America
"Sanderling led a fine and lucid performance that emphasized the classical aesthetic with which the score was conceived." The Ottawa Citizen
Stefan Sanderling has swiftly emerged as one of the leading international conductors of his generation. Since the beginning of the 2003/04 season, he has simultaneously held the positions of Music Director of The Florida Orchestra and Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. During the last 5 years he has been the conductor of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Sanderling made his U.S. debut at the 1989 Tanglewood Music Festival. Since then he has led such prestigious North American Orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony . . . , Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Salt Lake City Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to name a few.
Born in East Berlin in 1964, the son of legendary conductor Kurt Sanderling, Mr. Sanderling studied musicology at the University of Halle and conducting at the conservatory in Leipzig before leaving East Germany to continue his studies in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California. After the fall of the iron curtain, he returned to Germany where his career ascended rapidly. As one of the country’s youngest chief conductors, Mr. Sanderling first held this position at the Brandenburgische Philharmonie and the Potsdam Opera in 1990. After five years, he went on to become Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Staatstheater in Mainz until 2001. Between 1997 and 2004, he also served as Music Director of the Orchestre de Bretagne in France.
Worldwide guest conducting appearances include the Bamberg Symphony, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Berliner Staatskapelle, Bournemouth Symphony, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Mozarteum Orchestra (Salzburg), NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, NTO (Vienna), Philharmonia Orchestra London, Prague Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic London, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Vienna Radio Symphony. Mr. Sanderling has also guest conducted at both the Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper in Berlin. He made debuts in Australia with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and in Japan with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. His highly successful debut with the NHK Symphony of Tokyo has resulted in regular appearances with that orchestra and several other orchestras in Tokyo and throughout Japan.
In May 2011, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra as part of the “Spring for Music” series with huge success conducting Previn’s “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” and the powerful Shostakovich Symphony No. 6.
Also an active recording artist, Stefan Sanderling made his first recording on the Sony Classics label with the London Symphony Orchestra. Three CDs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have recently been released featuring symphonies by Haydn and Mendelssohn. For Naxos, he has recorded the complete Tchaikovsky Orchestral Suites with the RTE National Orchestra of Ireland and Stravinsky’s ballet “Pulcinella” with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Stefan Sanderling is married to his French wife Isabelle a cellist and speaks fluent French, English, German, of course and a little Italian.