Eivind Gullberg Jensen
Conductor

“Eivind Gullberg Jensen – bookmark that name – displays a fine sensitivity for balance and rhythm.” (Norman Lebrecht)

Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Liz Sam +44 (0)20 3725 9122
Margot Moseley +44 (0)20 3725 9177

Biography

Equally at home on the concert platform as the opera house, Gullberg Jensen’s highlights from last season include concerts with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and NDR Radiophilharmonie (first return after his five year tenure as Music Director), a tour in Germany with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, performances of Carmina Burana with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He conducted Finnish National Opera in concert as well as a new production of The Rake’s Progress. He also returned to Japan to conduct Tosca for New National Theatre Tokyo and for concerts with the New Japan Philharmonic.

Gullberg Jensen has previously conducted orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Oslo and Royal Stockholm philharmonic orchestras, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.

Equally at home on the concert platform as the opera house, Gullberg Jensen’s highlights from last season include concerts with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and NDR Radiophilharmonie (first return after his five year tenure as Music Director), a tour in Germany with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, performances of Carmina Burana with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He conducted Finnish National Opera in concert as well as a new production of The Rake’s Progress. He also returned to Japan to conduct Tosca for New National Theatre Tokyo and for concerts with the New Japan Philharmonic.

Gullberg Jensen has previously conducted orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Oslo and Royal Stockholm philharmonic orchestras, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.

In the opera world, this season he debuts at Opéra de Lille with Der fliegende Holländer and Wiener Staatsoper with Tosca. Previous operatic performances include appearances at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma with Rusalka, Finnish National Opera with Rake’s Progress, English National Opera with Janáček’s Jenůfa, a double-bill of Il tabarro and Djamileh (directed by David Pountney and Christopher Alden) in Lyon, Il corsaro and Rusalka for Opernhaus Zürich, Fidelio with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bayerische Staatsoper and as part of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, as well as Rusalka, Eugene Onegin and La bohème (in Stefan Herheim's production) at Den Norske Opera.

The 2016/17 season sees Gullberg Jensen return to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker and the Orchestra Haydn of Bolzano and Trento, and make his first appearances with Orchestra Filharmonica del Teatro la Fenice, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de las Islas Baleares and Darmstadt Staatsorchester.

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Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Liz Sam +44 (0)20 3725 9122
Margot Moseley +44 (0)20 3725 9177

Reviews

“Norwegian conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen made the piece flow with his graceful gestures, indeed it was extraordinary to see such angular almost aggressive music expressed so smoothly.” (Bachtrack, November 2016)

“It was a joyride: taut, together, highly effective orchestral playing under the confident and relaxed baton of Eivind Gullberg Jensen, with soloist Lugansky clearly a master of his art.” (Edinburgh49, November 2016)

“As for young Mr Jensen, I’d be thrilled if he was invited back after his culminating and climactic direction on Saturday, which conjured from the RSNO a glorious account of Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony, quivering with volatility from top to tail.” (Herald Scotland, November 2016)

“Norwegian conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen made the piece flow with his graceful gestures, indeed it was extraordinary to see such angular almost aggressive music expressed so smoothly.” (Bachtrack, November 2016)

“It was a joyride: taut, together, highly effective orchestral playing under the confident and relaxed baton of Eivind Gullberg Jensen, with soloist Lugansky clearly a master of his art.” (Edinburgh49, November 2016)

“As for young Mr Jensen, I’d be thrilled if he was invited back after his culminating and climactic direction on Saturday, which conjured from the RSNO a glorious account of Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony, quivering with volatility from top to tail.” (Herald Scotland, November 2016)

“Jensen shaped it [Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 3] with overall fluidity, yet ensured that every phrase was purposefully sculpted, making for a performance of freshness and vigour. ” (John Allison, The Telegraph, November 2016)

“...it was hard to be disappointed with a concert containing music-making of such consistent vitality under the very dynamic leadership from young Norwegian conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen.” (Simon Holden, Backtrack, May 2015)

“High concept productions often demand musical distensions but, when heard and not seen, this La Boheme is vital…full of discipline and integrity, thanks, no doubt to conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen.” (David Patrick Stearns Gramophone, February 2013)

“Musically, there is much to admire here, starting with the highly idiomatic and impassioned conducting of Gullberg Jensen. He is quickly gaining fame in both the symphonic and operatic worlds for his work, and one can hear why. This is a beautifully shaped and paced Bohème, and is well played by his orchestra. The climax he builds up to in the second act is truly magnificent.” (Henry Fogel, Fanfare, March 2013)

"It was a superb Shostakovich that Eivind Gullberg Jensen delivered at the Philharmonie. The 41-year-old Norwegian powered the WDR Symphony Orchestra to a peak performance…Soulful cantilena, tempo, rhythmic clarity, a wide dynamic: all the qualities in the baton of a true maestro." (Koelnische Rundschau, July 2012)

"The soft, yet precise direction from Eivind Gullberg Jensen left the audience on the edge of their seats, teasing out both tonal and elegant instrumental details from the orchestra…so resolute and convincing was the interpretation from Gullberg Jensen, you didn’t miss any of the magical classicism. Certainly one of the best philharmonic concerts in this season." (Klassikinfo, June 2012)

"Gullberg Jensen managed to sound the real richness of detail of this virtuosic score in the fast changing, nervous, painful, threatening, grotesque, dramatic and ambiguous themes.” (Opernwelt, March 2012)

"The conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen adapted the orchestra to the tight musical frame. It was a performance about beautiful passion, not bloodlust. Puccini wouldn’t have had to take too deep a breath in order to be bursting with pride.” (Vårt Land, January 2012)

"This opera makes high demands on the artists. To experience the close and detailed collaboration of the orchestra and the singers under the baton of Eivind Gullberg Jensen is simply overwhelming. ” (Aftenposten, January 2012)

"The conductor of this highly celebrated evening in the Philharmonie was the Norwegian whizzkid Eivind Gullberg Jensen... who possesses great sensitivity and temperament, he encouraged the orchestra to play on brilliant form and allowed the pieces to show their true character." (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, May 2011)

"Eivind Gullberg Jensen projects his own musicality in this uninhibited, subjective interpretation. This is no ordinary performance, but a truly romantic interpretation of the piece with a beat that resonates in the listener's consciousness. Even the melancholic waltz movement had an unexpected optimism about it." (Svenska Dagbladet, February 2011)

"Gullberg Jensen found great moments in Sibelius' Second Symphony…The brass exposed Bruckner-like radiance, and the rich, golden string sound ennobled the searching beginning and unfolded with fascinating force in the gigantic final climax." (Klassikinfo.de, August 2010)