The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has announced that Norwegian maestro Eivind Aadland will be the orchestra’s new Chief Conductor and Artistic Director from 2020, taking over the role from Marko Letonja who finishes up at the end of this year.

“I am thrilled at this opportunity to deepen my relationship with the brilliant TSO,” Aadland said. “As a guest conductor I have always enjoyed making music with the excellent musicians of the orchestra. I look forward to our future collaboration, which I hope will produce performances that will excite and inspire our audience.”

Eivind Aadland, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, TSOThe Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s new Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Eivind Aadland. Photo © Benjamin Ealovega

The TSO’s 2019 season, which will be announced on October 4, will feature a high profile line-up of guest conductors, including Aadland, who will conduct a concert in August, Letonja – who returns as Conductor Laureate – and Principal Guest Conductor Johannes Fritzsch.

“The Board is delighted with the appointment of Eivind Aadland as the TSO’s next Chief Conductor and Artistic Director,” said TSO Board Chair Dr David Rich. “We know him well from his multiple visits to Tasmania and we are confident that he will build very successfully on our already very strong artistic achievements and help us achieve our strategic vision ‘to be a great orchestra which is musically excellent, ambitious and a creative leader, inspiring audiences across Australia and beyond.”

Aadland has worked and recorded extensively with European orchestras – including a five-volume set of Grieg’s complete symphonic works with the WDR Symphony Orchestra on Audite – but has also been a regular visitor to Australia and was Principal Guest Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra from 2011 to 2013.

“The TSO has been performing the most vibrant and exciting programs in its history at a very high level of technical ability and we are delighted to have engaged such a well-regarded Chief Conductor who is committed to celebrating the TSO’s uniqueness and strengths,” TSO Managing Director Nicholas Heyward said. “Having worked with the TSO on many occasions over an extended period Eivind has developed a very close relationship with the orchestra and a deep understanding of its dynamics and mastery of its core repertoire; he will lead our outstanding players to even greater accomplishments.”

Aadland, who was Chief Conductor of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2010, is also a devoted collector of, and authority on, contemporary art with an extensive private collection encompassing paintings, photography, video and installations.