Tabita Berglund announced as Principal Guest Conductor of Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra from 2021/22 season
HarrisonParrott is delighted to announce the appointment of Norwegian conductor Tabita Berglund as Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, a three-season contract commencing in August 2021.
The 2018 – 20 star of the Talent Norway programme and a former recipient of the 2018 Gstaad Conducting Academy’s Neeme Järvi Prize, Berglund has rapidly established herself as one of the most exciting, talented young conductors on the European circuit. Commenting on the appointment and her first titled role, she said:
“This is a young orchestra, and their level of appetite and willingness to work is something unique. I fell for their drive the first time we worked together, and my aim for the upcoming three seasons is to see how good we can become together in this period. It is a challenge I really look forward to.”
Against the backdrop of the Orchestra’s state-of-the-art venue-home Kilden and its superb acoustics, Berglund joins a strong artistic team which already includes Chief Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann and Guest Conductor Julian Rachlin. Director Geir Rebbestad expressed his delight regarding the announcement:
“There was a great energy between Tabita and the orchestra when she visited us last year, and the idea of inviting her to work more permanently with us was born already then. This is an orchestra who wants to work with exceptional talents, and Tabita is without doubt in that category.”
Berglund’s appointment in Kristiansand is an important milestone in her flourishing career, building on the success of performances across Europe that have garnered high critical praise and multiple re-invitations. Recent and upcoming Nordic debuts include the Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony and Trondheim Symphony orchestras, with Berglund returning to the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in early-2021. Other recent and currently-announced upcoming first appearances include Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Dresdner Philharmonie, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, among many others.