|"Alden's direction finds fruition in Eivind Gullberg Jensen's ideally buoyant, rhythmically alert, liberated conducting, which has the orchestra scurrying off in nervous flurries of sound and tracing Janáček's spasmic ostinatos and pent-up climaxes with lyrical finesse: a sensational house debut for the young Norwegian."|
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, March 2009
Chief Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Eivind Gullberg Jensen opens his fourth season with the orchestra with a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 featuring soloists Ina Kringelborn and Charlotte Hellekant. The conclusion of last season saw him lead the orchestra in a mini-residency at the Bergen Festival (with Renaud Capuçon and Truls Mĝrk) and give two performances at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival featuring Hélène Grimaud.
Last season saw Gullberg Jensen perform with orchestras including the Münchner Philharmoniker with Truls Mĝrk, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Rheingau Festival, Orchestre National de France at the Radio France/Montpellier Festival, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and his Japanese debut at the 2012 Pacific Music Festival, Sapporo.
The 2012/13 season sees Gullberg Jensen return to the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker, make debuts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Göthenberg Symphony (conducting a complete performance of the incidental music to Peer Gynt), Bamberger Symphoniker (with Tabea Zimmermann), Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (with clarinetist Martin Fröst), Orchestre National de Belgique and Konzerthausorchester Berlin (featuring soloist Julia Fischer).
Future seasons feature performances with Orchestre National de Lyon, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto with Martin Grubinger, a series of New Year's 'operetten abend' with Angelika Kirschlager and Kammerorchesterbasel, plus a Swiss tour with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.
Gullberg Jensen has previously conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker (with Vadim Repin), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also conducted the world premiere of Bent Sĝrensen's Sounds Like You with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Norwegian premiere with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Also a prolific opera conductor, this season includes productions of Rusalka at the Opernhaus Zürich and Fidelio with the Bayerische Staatsoper, marking his debut with the company. In September 2009 he made his debut with Den Norske Opera conducting Rusalka and returned in December 2010 for Eugene Onegin and in January 2012 to conduct Stefan Herrheim's production of La bohème. Past operatic engagements have included his debut for English National Opera with Janácek's Jenufa, a double-bill of Il Tabarro and Djamileh for Opera de Lyon (directed by David Pountney and Christopher Alden), Il Corsaro in Zurich and Tosca with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Fidelio with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as part of the Festspiele Baden-Baden.
After studying violin and musical theory in Trondheim, Eivind Gullberg Jensen went on to study conducting with the legendary Professor Jorma Panula in Stockholm, and in Vienna with Leopold Hager. He has participated in the Aspen Music Festival with David Zinman and in master classes with Kurt Masur in Poland and New York.
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