“Eivind Gullberg Jensen – bookmark that name – displays a fine sensitivity for balance and rhythm.”
Artistic & General Director: Bergen National Opera
Newly announced as Artistic and General Director of Bergen National Opera from 2021, Eivind Gullberg Jensen is equally at home on the concert platform as the opera house. Eivind Gullberg Jensen’s 2019/20 season highlights include conducting Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with Finnish National Opera, Puccini’s Tosca with Opera Rouen, and his debut with Minnesota, Odense Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic orchestras, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, and Seville Symphony with Leticia Moreno. Gullberg Jensen returns to the Oslo Philharmonic with Mari Eriksmoen, Noord Nederlands Orchestra with Katia and Marielle Labeque, Metropolitana Lisbon, and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.
This follows a highly successful 2018/19 season, in which Eivind conducted concerts with the Hamburger Symphoniker, and debuted with Vancouver and Oregon symphony orchestras and the North Carolina Symphony. He returned to Wiener Staatsoper for Dvořák’s Rusalka and Opera de Lille for Mozart’s Die Zauberflote. Eivind also conducted the world premiere of Waiting, a dramatised concert based on Peer Gynt by Calixto Bieito and Karl Ove Knausgård which opened the Bergen International Festival.
Gullberg Jensen has previously conducted orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Royal Stockholm and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras, Orchestra at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Orchestre de Paris, WDR Sinfonieorchester, and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Over recent seasons, he has worked with soloists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk, Alice Sara Ott, Javier Perianes, Helene Grimaud, Gautier Capuçon, Sol Gabetta, Alban Gerhardt, Hilary Hahn, Gabriela Montero, Emmanuel Pahud, Yefim Bronfman, Alexander Toradze, Vadim Repin, Viktoria Mullova, Renaud Capuçon, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Mari Eriksmoen, Charlotte Hellekant, Albert Dohmen
“Eivind Gullberg Jensen conducts the Symphoniker Hamburg with that mixture of intelligence and sense of sound, of elegance and fire, that the much-heard gigantic D Minor Symphony begins to speak at once — not from a distant early 19th century, but straight from the here and now.”
“He has all the qualities for an excellent opera conductor: an authoritative conducting technique, the power to lead an orchestra tightly and multifaceted to drive the music forward and draw delicate moods as well as to savour dramatic climaxes. And he leads the singers with empathy, breathing with them.”
“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.”
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