Long established as one of Scandinavia’s most respected conductors, Eivind Aadland recently renewed his contract as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, having formed an instant and responsive bond with the orchestra when he first conducted them in 2018.
At home in Norway, he maintains a close relationship with Oslo Philharmonic as a guest conductor, as well as with Bergen Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Swedish Chamber Orchestra. He was Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader of Trondheim Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2010, conducting complete Beethoven and Mahler symphony cycles. His curiosity for repertoire has led to a diverse discography and he has championed the work of Scandinavian composers such as Eivind Groven, Arne Nordheim and Irgens Jensens for BIS records.
Aadland’s refined creative sensibilities cross into his passion for collecting visual art and collaborating with artists. Working with visual artist Alexander Polzin he created a special orchestral version of Grieg’s Peer Gynt for Geography of Lies, a commission by Bergen Philharmonic, and this season he conducts Fauré’s Requiem as part of British visual artist Mat Collishaw’s Sky Burial, with both Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, as well as working with Finnish video artist Elina Brotherus.
He is also a keen advocate for new music and mentors young composers. He also works with young conductors and orchestral players, both at home, at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and abroad, this season coaching the Australian Youth Orchestra.
‘Eivind has a natural and warm rapport with the musicians, and his love of music is palpable and inspiring. It’s always exciting to work with him – he instinctively understands how to draw the best from each and every player on stage and he holds us to the highest artistic standards. He’s a beautiful communicator and collaborator!’
– Emma McGrath, concertmaster of Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra