One of Scandinavia's most promising conductors, the 2013/14 season sees Blendulf work with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra for two subscription concerts, and make his Finnish debut with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in April. Other upcoming highlights include the Macao Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra in an all-Sibelius programme and the world premiere of Britta Byström’s Concerto Grosso with the Malmö Symfoniorkester.
He has a strong relationship with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and appeared with the orchestra three times in the 2012/13 season. Other key dates in the same season included debuts with Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra – both prompting reinvitations - and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and he returned to Dalasinfoniettan and the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra.
In opera, Blendulf has worked with the Royal Swedish Opera for productions of Carmen, Don Pasquale, and in 2012, the world premiere of Anders Eliasson's chamber opera Karolinas sömn. Other productions have included Gounod's Faust with Folkoperan and Berg's Wozzeck with NorrlandsOperan in Umeå.
“Conductor Daniel Blendulf delivered beautiful interpretations: Beethoven’s Coriolan overture sounded Mozartian with dark and sweeping undertones and Sibelius's Second Symphony was developed through close attention to detail whilst maintaining focus on the bigger picture. The sound he brought out of the orchestra was warm and overall superb. Daniel Blendulf is simply a conductor of pure quality.” (Sydsvenskan, September 2013)
"Daniel Blendulf, the cellist turned conductor, has gone from young and promising to impressive. In a programme of Beethoven and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, he displayed both musical depth and emotional breadth with assuring confidence. He has the ability to pull out all of the stops while still giving the sound space to breathe - allowing the audience to hear the whole, and the individual lines, simultaneously. (DN.se, May 2013)
“Daniel Blendulf, who has turned to conducting from the cello, steered the orchestra with precision while at the same time bringing to the fore the work's humour and playfulness…He was a confident master of the orchestra and gave every indication that he is someone from whom we can expect great things in the future.” (Värmlands Folkblad, November 2012)
“Daniel Blendulf brings a graceful and finely balanced approach to the reduced forces of the Kungliga Hovkapellet, and deals masterfully with the challenging acoustics of the hall in bringing both Lena Hoel’s soprano and the delicate instrumental voices to the fore. ” (Nummer.se, June 2012)