Thomas Søndergård

Principal Conductor, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Principal Guest Conductor, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Music Director, Royal Scottish National Orchestra from September 2018

credit: Andy Buchanan


Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) and Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO); prior to this, he was for three seasons Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. He has recently been announced as Music Director of Royal Scottish National Orchestra from September 2018.

Recent seasons have included visits to London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

Plans for 2017/18 and beyond include debuts with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Gurzenich-Orchester Köln, SWR Baden-Baden, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and return visits to Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Mahler Symphony No. 1), BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Stravinsky’s Firebird), Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the revival of The Magic Flute with Norske Opera. With RSNO he conducts performances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben and for the RSNO Piano Competition. Plans with BBC NOW include a programme with highly acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough and performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12 and Sibelius Symphony No. 5.


Performance Schedule

From The Green Room


  • LINN: Sibelius Symphonies No. 2 & 7 More info  

    Label: LINN Records

    Release Date: 14 Apr 15

    In their debut commercial recording together, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Søndergård delight with Sibelius’ Symphonies No. 2 and 7 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the composer.

  • Poul Ruders Vol. 6 (Piano Concerto No. 2) More info  

    Label: Bridge Records

    Release Date: 01 Mar 12

    Volume 6 of Bridge’s Poul Ruders series presents the premiere recordings of recent solo, chamber and orchestral compositions. The newest work is Ruders’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a brilliant 24-minute composition in three movements. This disc was short-listed in the 2011 Gramophone Awards.

    Vassily Primakov

    Norwegian Radio Orchestra

  • Vilde Frang / WDR Cologne More info  

    Label: EMI Classics

    Release Date: 01 Jun 10

    Thomas collaborates regularly with renowned violinist Vilde Frang, and for her debut disc on EMI (2010) they recorded Sibelius and Prokofiev 1 Violin Concerti, and Sibelius Humoresques.


Thomas Søndergård was appointed Principal Conductor Designate of BBC National Orchestra of Wales in July 2011, and took up his position at the start of 2012/13 season.


The 2012/13 Season marked the beginning of a new era for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as Peter Oundjian officially took up his position as Music Director and Thomas Søndergård began his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor. The orchestra also appointmented two new Leaders: James Clark and Maya Iwabuchi. In March 2014 Thomas conducted the 100th birthday concert of the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.