In August 2018 Tabita Berglund was named as one of the winners of the Neeme Järvi Prize at the Gstaad Conducting Academy. Following auditions with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra earlier that year, she was the only candidate selected for Opptakt, a launch programme aimed at fostering Norwegian conducting talent and which collaborates with leading national orchestras as well as the Gothenburg Symphony. In June 2019 – and marking her first engagement under the Opptakt scheme– Berglund conducts the Orchestra of the Norwegian Opera in the opening concert of the annual Valdres Sommersymfoni, sharing the stage with Leif Ove Andsnes.
The 2019/20 season features many important debuts and includes engagements with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony and Stavanger Symphony orchestras. Berglund conducts five concerts with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, four concerts with the Hallé Orchestra, and three with the Orchestre National de Lille, opening the season with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra. She returns to the South Denmark Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the 2019 Rued Langgaard Festival, and she conducts the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra in a full-length ballet production of The Nutcracker.
Recently graduated from the Orchestral Conducting Masters course at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where she studied under Professor Ole Kristian Ruud, Berglund originally trained as a cellist and studied to Masters degree level under Truls Mørk. She performed regularly with the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Trondheim Soloists before conducting became her main focus in 2015. Berglund has previously participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Jorma Panula and Jaap van Zweden, as well as a BBC Philharmonic workshop in September 2018.
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