Terje Mikkelsen

Maestro Terje Mikkelsen’s conducting has been described by reviewers as “immensely compelling and dramatically powerful” and his control of sound, balance and textures as “masterly”. He is a much in demand as a conductor, touring with such orchestras as Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Munich Radio Orchestra. Mikkelsen appears regularly with The Russian State Symphony Orchestra (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra), has given a large number of concerts with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and a host of other…

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Maestro Terje Mikkelsen’s conducting has been described by reviewers as “immensely compelling and dramatically powerful” and his control of sound, balance and textures as “masterly”. He is a much in demand as a conductor, touring with such orchestras as Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Munich Radio Orchestra. Mikkelsen appears regularly with The Russian State Symphony Orchestra (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra), has given a large number of concerts with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and a host of other renowned orchestras.
Terje Mikkelsen engagements include(s?) Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, Principal Guest Conductor (2009-2012), Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor (2006-2009), Thuringen Philharmonie Gotha-Suhl, GDM and Chief Conductor (1999-2003), Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor (1997-2001), Principal Guest Conductor (2001-2005), Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor (1989-1993), Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor (1993-1994). He has conducted in most of the important halls in Europe, including the Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Munich am Gasteig, Alte Oper (Frankfurt am Main), Cologne Philharmonie and Barbican Concert Hall.

Terje Mikkelsen’s significant CD production includes nearly 50 albums. In addition to standard repertoire he has also made numerous world premiere recordings, including that of the Norwegian composers Eyvind Alnæs and Ole Olsen, which received more than 40 enthusiastic reviews worldwide. In 2011 a CD with Mikkelsen and the Munich Radio Orchestra, featuring orchestral music by the Norwegian composer Finn Mortensen, also received spectacular reviews. In 2012 he followed the Munich Radio Orchestra up with the CD Three Fates Project, with rock legend Keith Emerson and Marc Bonilla. In 2015 Mikkelsen conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra in the concert Three Fates Project in Barbican Concert Hall in London. In 2016 Mikkelsen conducted the Keith Emerson Tribute Concerts in Los Angeles and in 2017 the Keith Emerson: “A celebration of his life” concert in Birmingham Symphony Hall. In 2013 he recorded a CD with the The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Norwegian guitarist Stei-Erik Olsen.

Mikkelsen graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music, and in 1989 he received his diploma in orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, under Professor Jorma Panula. From 1984 to 1992 he studied, and had a close collaboration, with Mariss Jansons both in Oslo and St. Petersburg. In 2002 Terje Mikkelsen was appointed Visiting Professor at the college of music of the Mahidol University in Bangkok.

August 2018