Baldur Brönnimann is a conductor of great flexibility with a broad-minded approach to music-making and a particular affinity for the most complex contemporary scores. He shares his time between the concert hall and the opera house, and whenever possible seeks out opportunities for educational and outreach work. In January 2015 he became the Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, following a long-standing relationship with the orchestra, and in September 2016 took up the position of Principal Conductor with the Basel Sinfonietta.
For many years Brönnimann has been the conductor of choice for composer projects at the highest level working closely with composers such as John Adams, Saariaho, Birtwistle, Chin, Adès and orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic. Whilst contemporary music continues to play a major part in Brönnimann’s work, he is now equally sought after in mainstream repertoire and as such is conducting a wide and eclectic range of repertoire across the globe most recently with orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Bordeaux and Bergen Philharmonic who he has conducted in a range of projects, including a multimedia-enhanced performance of Schönberg’s Erwartung and Verklärte Nacht at the Bergen Festival 2016.
Highlights of Brönnimann’s 2016/17 season include his Proms debut with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and BBC Singers in a programme celebrating the work of Pierre Boulez, his debut with the Aurora Orchestra in Bilbao, Munich Chamber and Danish National Symphony orchestras and returns to the Düsseldorf Symphony and Klangforum Wien with two projects, one of which is another Boulez celebration at the Wiener Festwochen. He will also tour to Taiwan with Ian Bostridge and Netia Jones with Dark Mirror, Zender’s orchestral reimagining of Schubert’s Winterreise which he premiered at the Barbican Centre in May 2016.
In the opera house, Brönnimann recently returned to the Teatro Colón, Argentina, for a production of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten which received great critical acclaim and at Norwegian Opera he conducted the world premiere of Rolf Wallin’s Elysium. Other recent highlights of Brönnimann’s opera work include La Fura dels Baus’s Ligeti Le Grand Macabre at English National Opera and the Teatro Colón, Argentina, John Adams Death of Klinghoffer (Tom Morris) at ENO, Saariaho L’amour de loin at Norwegian Opera and the Bergen International Festival and Romitelli Index of Metals with Barbara Hannigan at the Theater an der Wien. At Argentina’s Teatro Colón he has also conducted Schoenberg Erwartung, Szymanowski Hagith, and Lachenmann The Little Match Girl with the composer as narrator.
As Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, upcoming plans include tours and projects combining contemporary and unknown works with standard repertoire in typically unexpected ways, and plans with the Basel Sinfonietta include a performance of Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony. At the end of 2015 Brönnimann completed his four year tenure as Artistic Director of Norway’s leading contemporary music ensemble BIT20, with highlights of his final season including the world premiere of Anna Thorvaldsdottir's opera “UR” in Germany and the completion of a Ligeti disc for the BIS label. Brönnimann was Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia in Bogotá from 2008-2012.
Born in Switzerland, Brönnimann trained at the City of Basel Music Academy and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he was subsequently appointed Visiting Tutor in Conducting, and he now lives in Madrid.
Adams The Death of Klinghoffer
English National Opera (2012)
Director: Tom Morris
Birtwistle Yan Tan Tethera
Britten Sinfonia (May 2014)
Director: John Lloyd Davies
Chin Alice in Wonderland (UK Premiere)
BBC Symphony Orchestra (March 2015)
Director: Netia Jones
Lachenmann The Little Match Girl
Teatro Colón/Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra (March 2014)
Narrator: Helmut Lachenmann
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires
Ligeti Le Grand Macabre
English National Opera (2009)
La Fura dels Baus
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires (2010)
La Fura dels Baus
Komische Oper Berlin (2013)
Director: Barry Kosky
Teatro Colón/London Sinfonietta
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires (2013)
Saariaho L’Amour de Loin
Norwegian Opera (2014)
Bergen International Festival (2008)
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires (2012)
Stravinsky Oedipus Rex (staged)
Bergen International Festival (2011)
Tan Dun Marco Polo
Bergen International Festival (2013)
Rolf Wallin Elysium (World Premiere)
Norwegian Opera (March/April 2016)
Director: David Pountney
Zimmermann Die Soldaten
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires (2016)
Contemporary orchestral highlights
Cobalt, Scarlet (Two Colours of Dawn)
Madonna of Winter and Spring
locus... doublure... solus
Index of Metals
How Slow the Wind
Håkan (Trumpet Concerto)
The Dark Mirror (Schubert's Winterreise)
Selected repertoire highlights
The Miraculous Mandarin
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste
The Three-Cornered Hat
Three Places in New England
Dances of Galanta
Concerto for Orchestra
Petite Symphonie Concertante
Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
Four Last Songs
Rite of Spring
The Fairy’s Kiss
Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Financial Times, March 2016
Musically, this evening is first rate, with wonderful playing from the opera orchestra under Baldur Brönnimann.
Observer, March 2015
All performed dazzlingly… Baldur Brönnimann, conducting, marshalled these disparate forces with the ease of one taking a stroll.
Telegraph, March 2015
The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Baldur Brönnimann executes feats of instrumental virtuosity without turning a hair.