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Daniel Blendulf


Daniel Blendulf has established himself as one of Scandinavia’s most highly regarded young conductors. Following a number of much-anticipated international debuts last season, the current season sees Blendulf make his Japanese debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and US debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He will also return to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to conduct their season opening concerts.

Elsewhere, future highlights include concerts with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and RTÉ National Symphony orchestras, as well as Het Gelders Orkest and Musikkollegium Winterthur. Previously, he has conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Sydney Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic and Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras, and is a regular guest with ensembles such as the Zürcher Kammerorkester and the Swedish and Ostrobothnian chamber orchestras.

Blendulf enjoys a dynamic collaboration with the Dalasinfoniettan as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor, following his appointment with the orchestra in January 2016. There he focuses on the core classical repertoire as well as building programmes around contemporary masterpieces. In the summer of 2016 they joined forces with Anna Larsson in a unique production of Carmen at Dalhalla. The current season includes collaborations with Janine Jansen, Lucas Debargue and Ramón Ortega Quero.

Elsewhere in Sweden, Blendulf works at the highest level and this season returns to Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he is a regular guest. A strong advocate of contemporary Swedish music, he conducted subscription concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic last season, featuring Eliasson’s Violin Concerto, Einsame Fahrt, in memory of the late composer.

With the Malmö Symfoniorkester Blendulf conducted the world premiere of Britta Byström’s Invisible Cities, which was also included in a critically acclaimed disc of the composer’s music released by Daphne Records in October 2014. Blendulf’s latest recording, Nielsen’s Violin Concerto with Cecilia Zilliacus and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra for dB Productions, was released in September 2015.

As an opera conductor, Blendulf conducted productions at the Royal Swedish Opera of Don Pasquale, Carmen and the world premiere of Eliasson's chamber opera Karolinas sömn. Other highlights have included a production of Gounod's Faust with Folkoperan and Berg's Wozzeck with Norrlandsoperan in Umeå.

A recipient of the Herbert Blomstedt Conducting Prize in 2014, Daniel Blendulf began his career as a cellist, studying with Torleif Thedéen and Heinrich Schiff. He was a member of the leading Swedish string quartet Zkvartetten as well as the Mahler Chamber and Lucerne Festival orchestras. In 2008, he won First Prize at the Swedish Conducting Competition, going on to graduate from Stockholm's Royal College of Music in 2010.