Torleif Thedéen is one of the most highly regarded cellists working today, regularly playing with many of the world’s major orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Israel Sinfonietta – under conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Neeme Järvi, Franz Welser-Möst, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Leif Segerstam, and Eri Klas. Torleif Thedéen is also active as a chamber musician, and as such appears in prestigious concert venues worldwide such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He often participates in prestigious Music Festivals, among them the Verbier Festival, Prague Spring Festival, the festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Bordeaux, Oslo, Bath, Stavanger and Kuhmo.
Since 1986 Thedéen has recorded numerous CD’s for BIS, featuring standard repertoire works as well as contemporary music, including the renowned Dvoral Cello Concerto. His CD with the Shostakovich Cello Concertos won the Cannes Classical Award in 1995, and his recording of J.S. Bach’s Solo Suites for cello was named Editor’s choice in BBC Music Magazine, Nov 2001. Thedéen recently made a very successful debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and has has toured with soloists including Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen to European festivals, New Zealand, and Australia. He has also toured Scandinavia and England with the Musica Vitae chamber orchestra from Sweden.
In 2008 Thedéen toured worldwide with Janine Jansen & Maxim Rysanov, following a CD recording with DECCA, he performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Mario Venzago) in London, toured with the BBC Wales Symphony Orchestra, and recorded fwith NDR Orchestra in Hannover, Germany. In 2009 Thedéen performed in the Vienna Musikverein as a soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Wiener Symphoniker, and in France with Orchestre Philharmonique de Bordeaux, as well as being invited back to the Chamber Music Festival in Verbier, Switzerland.
The 2009/10 season included a Gala Concert in Geneva of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Vienna Symphony, as well as returns to the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic. In 2010/11 he performed the Dutilleux Cello Concerto with Stuttgart Philharmonic and returned to the NDR Hannover and Dortmund. The season also included the Brahms Double Concerto with Janine Jansen and the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, concerts in Finland, Spain, and Chamber Music tour including appearances at the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall. In 2011/12 Thedéen toured extensively with Janine Jansen and Max Sysanov. Future appearances include performances at the Helleruplund Kirke and the Hørsholm Musikforening in Denmark, an Australasian Tour including performances with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra , and performances of the Brahms Double Concerto with Janine Jansen and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.
Torleif Thedéen was appointed Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen in 1992. Since 1996 he is Professor at the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm. He plays the ex-Lynn Harrel cello by David Techler from 1711.
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