German-born conductor Stefan Sanderling is currently Music Director of the Florida Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
Since his North American debut at the 1989 Tanglewood Summer Music Festival, he has quickly risen to the top of the young generation of German conductors and has led such prestigious North American orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the St, Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and the orchestras of Indianapolis, Vancouver, and Buffalo to name a few.
Receiving his early artistic inspiration from his parents, Stefan Sanderling studied at the Leipzig Conservatory with Kurt Masur. He then moved to the United States to continue his studies at the University of Southern California. While in the United States, he also attended the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, winning several awards, and at Tanglewood, where he worked with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin and Yuri Termikanov.
Reknowned for his interpretation of the music of Shostakovich, in Europe, and around the world, he is a household name having conducted many fine orchestras including: the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra (Salzburg), Prague Symphony, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Staatskapelle Dresden, Berliner Staatskapelle, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Bamberg Symphony, Vienna Radio Symphony, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester and the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle Bonn among many others. He has also guest conducted the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Komische Oper Berlin.
During the past several seasons he made his debuts in Australia with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and in Japan with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. His highly successful debut with the NHK Symphony of Tokyo resulted in an immediate re-engagement with that orchestra for the 2003-04 season. He also appeared with the Osaka Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Eastern Music Festival and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra in the 03-04 season.
Last season he returned to the orchestras of St. Louis, Montreal, Kansas City, and Calgary: and he made debut appearances with the Juilliard Orchestra, the Columbus Ohio Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony and the New Japan Philharmonic. He also led a return tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in June, 2005 and will embark on a recording cycle of the complete symphonies of Honneger with that orchestra for the Naxos label.
The 2005-06 season holds return engagements at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Quebec Symphony, and the Tonkuenstler Orchestra Vienna alongside major debuts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, and the orchestras of Nashville, San Diego, and North Carolina.
Mr. Sanderling made his first recording on the Sony Classics label with the London Symphony Orchestra. Three highly acclaimed recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have been released on the RPO label, featuring symphonies by Haydn and Mendelssohn. He has recorded the complete Tchaikovsky Orchestral Suites with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland on the Naxos label; and most recently has completed several discs of works by the French composers Gretry, Ladmirault, Gossec, and Mehul on the ASV label with his home orchestra, the Orchestre de Bretagne.