Principal Conductor – Dresden Philharmonic
2018/19 is the eighth and final season Michael Sanderling will have served as Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic. The opening concerts of this season include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and the world premiere of Fazil Say’s Symphony No. 4 which has been commissioned by the Dresdner Philharmonie. With the orchestra, Michael Sanderling is currently recording the complete symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven and Dmitri Shostakovich in pairs, with albums featuring one work by each composer. Their most recent coupling of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 joins their expanding collection of highly acclaimed releases, which includes an album of both composers’ sixth symphonies, and another that pairs Beethoven’s third symphony with Shostakovich’s tenth. Of the latter, MusicWeb International wrote “Characteristically stylish and entirely compelling under Michael Sanderling, the Dresdner Philharmonie demonstrates its prowess in these Beethoven and Shostakovich masterworks.” During his tenure, Michael Sanderling and the orchestra have undertaken numerous tours across the world. This season, they will tour to Japan and South America.Read more
Michael Sanderling is in high demand as a guest conductor, whose upcoming debuts include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Louis Andriessen’s Mysteriën and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3), Orchestre de Paris (with whom he conducts Frank Martin’s Six Monologues of Jedermann with Matthias Goerne and Liszt’s Dante Symphony), Berlin Philharmonic (Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7), Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow. He also appears regularly with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Munich Philharmonic, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and the German Radio Symphony Orchestras of WDR and SWR.
As an opera conductor, he enjoyed success with Philip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher in Potsdam, and with a new production of Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace at Cologne Opera. His discography includes recordings of important works by Dvořák, Schumann, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky amongst others, both as cellist and as conductor.
One of Michael Sanderling’s passions is working with young musicians. He teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt/Main, and regularly works with the Bundesjugendorchester (National Youth Orchestra of Germany), the Young Philharmonic Orchestra Jerusalem Weimar, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the Schleswig-Holstein-Festivalorchester. From 2003 to 2013, he was the Principal Conductor of the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie.
Continuing a tremendous season that has seen one debut after another, Michael Sanderling returns to Paris, following his debut with Orchestre de Paris last November, to conduct Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France at the Philharmonie. The programme for the Monday,...
Michael Sanderling makes his debut with Orchestre de Paris on Thursday 15 November, where he conducts Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Frank Martin’s Six Monologues of Jedermann with Matthias Goerne, and Liszt’s Dante Symphony in the Philharmonie. This season opened with...
Violins of Hope: Michael Sanderling and the Dresden Philharmonic Perform Commemorative Concert Tonight
On the occasion of the commemoration of the Pogrom Night on November 9, 1938, in which the Dresden Synagogue was set on fire, musicians of the Dresden Philharmonic under their Chief Conductor Michael Sanderling will tonight perform a very special concert in the...
“The dialogue between the woodwinds and the strings (and this first violin tuned a higher tone) is continuous, and very rich: the dissonant intervals do not interfere with the fluidity of the phrases… under the baton of the chef Michael Sanderling.”
“This inspiring Dresden cycle from Michael Sanderling can stand proudly alongside the above recordings and unless you need big-band Beethoven, this is one of the finest of the newer sets. In what feels like a labour of love, the Dresdner Philharmonie provide characteristically stylish and penetrating performances that are entirely compelling.”
“For over an hour, the Orchestre National de Capitole de Toulouse was unsurpassed under the leadership of Michael Sanderling… the symphonic structure was well-shaped, with a particular care taken to highlight the details of Bruckner’s rich sound palette… A revelation.” [Translated from French]
“Sanderling develops an energetically driven forward momentum and I felt a shiver run down my spine as the music rushes impetuously to an awe-inspiring conclusion of outward triumph. More than a match for most, Michael Sanderling and Dresdner Philharmonie give a performance that feels totally sincere with a marvellous sound.”
“Sweeping melodic lines were carefully nurtured, supported sympathetically and attentively by Sanderling…a very fine orchestral display under a conductor who really brought out the best of the “Dresden sound”.”
“Conductor Sanderling both conveyed and embodied the piece’s contained power, while the orchestra revelled in its drama and angst, rising to each of its magnificent climaxes.”
…The defining feature of Sanderling’s performance was his patience with Bruckner’s characteristic stop-go style, letting the work breathe, appreciating the beauty in the composer’s lyrical paragraphs, and allowing the huge climaxes to build out of a natural preexisting flow… The conducting always found telling musical space, keen detailing and a sense of architecture. The conductor’s assimilation of Ländler style also secured dividends in many places, cultivating a natural lyrical pacing and eloquence… it was the contrasting sense of lyrical intimacy and the conductor’s unerring pacing throughout the movement that made the final brass statements so commanding and spiritually uplifting.
… Michael Sanderling setzte mit dem russisch singenden Männerchor des Philharmonischen Chors im Gasteig nicht auf großes Pathos, auch nicht auf die grelle Groteske, sondern führte die Symphonie mit bewundernswertem, großformalem Überblick und handwerklicher Souveränität in ihr Zentrum: die Klage um unwiederbringlich verrinnende Lebenszeit in der Diktatur. …
In this Lukaskirche, Dresden recording it is evident how Sanderling fully appreciates that this progressive score is music of extensive concentration, intensity and—as the designation—might suggest heroic power… With striking immediacy in the Finale, it feels as if the spirit of life has broken free with Sanderling’s swirling and dramatic power… Sanderling’s account of the Tenth Symphony is one of the finest I know. It can join the ranks of recommendable recordings that I most admire… Characteristically stylish and entirely compelling under Michael Sanderling, the Dresdner Philharmonie demonstrates its prowess in these Beethoven and Shostakovich masterworks.
Beethoven 3rd Symphony & Shoshtakovich 10th Symphony, Sony Classical