Equally at home on the concert platform as the opera house, Gullberg Jensen’s highlights from last season include concerts with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and NDR Radiophilharmonie (first return after his five year tenure as Music Director), a tour in Germany with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, performances of Carmina Burana with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He conducted Finnish National Opera in concert as well as a new production of The Rake’s Progress. He also returned to Japan to conduct Tosca for New National Theatre Tokyo and for concerts with the New Japan Philharmonic.
Gullberg Jensen has previously conducted orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Oslo and Royal Stockholm philharmonic orchestras, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Over recent seasons, he has worked with soloists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk, Helene Grimaud, Gautier Capucon, Sol Gabetta, Alban Gerhardt, Hilary Hahn, Gabriela Montero, Emmanuel Pahud, Yefim Bronfman, Alexander Toradze, Vadim Repin, Viktoria Mullova, Renaud Capucon, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Mari Eriksmoen, Charlotte Hellekant and Albert Dohmen to name but a few.
In the opera world, this season he debuts at Opéra de Lille with Der fliegende Holländer and Wiener Staatsoper with Tosca. Previous operatic performances include appearances at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma with Rusalka, Finnish National Opera with Rake’s Progress, English National Opera with Janáček’s Jenůfa, a double-bill of Il tabarro and Djamileh (directed by David Pountney and Christopher Alden) in Lyon, Il corsaro and Rusalka for Opernhaus Zürich, Fidelio with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bayerische Staatsoper and as part of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, as well as Rusalka, Eugene Onegin and La bohème (in Stefan Herheim’s production) at Den Norske Opera.
The 2016/17 season sees Gullberg Jensen return to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker and the Orchestra Haydn of Bolzano and Trento, and make his first appearances with Orchestra Filharmonica del Teatro la Fenice, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de las Islas Baleares and Darmstadt Staatsorchester.
Eivind Gullberg Jensen studied conducting in Stockholm with the legendary Jorma Panula, and in Vienna with Leopold Hager. Previously he studied violin and musical theory in Trondheim, Norway.
“Eivind Gullberg Jensen – bookmark that name – displays a fine sensitivity for balance and rhythm.”
— Norman Lebrecht
“…it was hard to be disappointed with a concert containing music-making of such consistent vitality under the very dynamic leadership from young Norwegian conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen.”
— Simon Holden, Backtrack, May 2015