Torleif Theden

Torleif Theden is one of the most highly regarded musicians in Scandinavia. He gained international recognition in 1985 by winning three of the worlds most prestigious cello competitions.

Since then he has been giving concerts all over the world. Theden regularly plays not only with all the leading orchestras in Scandinavia, but also with some of the worlds major orchestras, among them the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Israel Sinfonietta under conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Neeme Jrvi, Franz Welser-Mst, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Leif Segerstam, and Eri Klas.

Torleif Theden is also active as a chamber musician, and as such appears in prestigious concert venues worldwide such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He often participates in prestigious Music Festivals, among them the Verbier Festival (2007), Prague Spring Festival, the festival in Schleswig-Holstein, festivals in in Bordeaux, Oslo, Bath, Stavanger and Kuhmo.

Since 1986 Theden has recorded numerous CDs for BIS, featuring standard repertoire works as well as contemporary music. His CD with the Shostakovich Cello Concertos won the Cannes Classical Award in 1995, and his recording of J.S. Bachs Solo Suites for solo cello was highly received when it was released in 2000 (Editors choice in BBC Music Magazine, Nov 2001). In 2002 his recording of Dvoraks cello concerto was released.

In 05/06 he made a very successful debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic (Schumann), he has toured with soloists like Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen to European festivals, and returned to New Zeeland, and Australia in 06/07. He also toured Scandinavia and England with the Musica Vitae chamber orchestra from Sweden in Oct 2006.

In 07/08 Mr Theden has toured extensively worldwide with Janine Jansen & Maxim Rysanov, following their recording made by DECCA. He performed with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra in Nov 07.

08/09 he has successfully performed witn London Philharmonic Orchestra (Mario Venzago) in London, toured with the BBC Wales SO, and recorded for cpo with NDR Orchestra in Hannover, Germany. He performed in Musikverein in Vienna, as a soloist in Beethovens Tripple Concerto with Wiener Symphoniker (Jan 09), and in France with Orchestre Philharmonique de Bordeaux. In 2009 he is again invited back to the Chamber Music Festival in Verbier, Switzerland.

09/10 includes a.o. a Gala Concert in Geneva (Beethoven Triple Concerto with Vienna Symphony), as well as returns to the Stockholm Philharmonic (Kamu) and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Saraste), and Helsinki Philharmonic (Storgaards). In 2011 he will perform Dutilleux Cello Concerto with Stuttgart Philh.

Torleif Theden was appointed Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen in 1992. Since 1996 he is Professor at the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm.

He plays the ex-Lynn Harrel cello by David Techler from 1711.
Sept. 2009

Copenhagen Artists represents Torleif Theden in Denmark.