Torleif Thedéen, Cello

Biography

Swedish cellist Torleif Thedéen is one of the most distinguished instrumentalists in the Nordic countries and enjoys an international profile as a recitalist, concerto soloist, recording artist and pedagogue. He is a laureate of numerous international cello competitions, including the Casals Competition. He is Visiting Professor of cello at the Royal College of Music in London, Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and a former Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.

In a career spanning four decades, Torleif has performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, among them the Czech Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic,City of Birmingham SO, Dresden philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic.

He has worked with conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Franz Welser-Möst, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Osmo Vänskä and Leif Segerstam. He continues to perform with all the major Nordic orchestras and enjoys a burgeoning relationship with orchestras and festivals in the Antipodes.

As a chamber musician, Torleif is familiar with the prestigious stages of the Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has appeared at the Prague Spring and the Verbier Festivals, and at the chamber music festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Bordeaux, Oslo, Bath, Stavanger, Kuhmo and beyond. His collaborators have included Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lars Anders Tomter, Henning Kraggerud, Roland Pöntinen and Martin Fröst.

Torleif’s recordings have attracted numerous accolades. He was awarded the Edison Prize in 2018 for his recording of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with Martin Fröst, Lucas Debargue and Janine Jansen on the Sony label. His recording of the Shostakovich Cello Concertos won a Cannes Classical Award and his account of the Bach Cello Suites was selected as a ‘Choice’ by BBC Music Magazine. His discography also includes the concertos of Dvořák, Elgar, Kabalevsky and a wealth of contemporary music. He plays the 1783 Guadagnini cello on loan from the Norwegian Dextra foundation,previously used by M Rostropovich.

From 2020, Torleif will be represented exclusively by Nordic Artists Management in Scandinavia.

Calendar

Thorleif Thedéen's appearance in Denmark.

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Repertoire
Review
CD-Besprechung - Robert Kahn: Works for Violoncello & Piano
Klassik Heute
Thu, 2019-06-20
... nicht anders als fulminant ist auch die Wiedergabe durch den Cellisten Torleif Thedéen und den Pianisten Oliver Triendl zu bezeichnen. Triendl und Thedéen widmen sich dieser Musik mit rundum begeisterndem Nachdruck, leidenschaftlichem Wohlklang und auf höchstem künstlerischen Niveau. Da bleiben eigentlich keine Wünsche offen, außer einem: mehr davon.
A most valuable friend: Torleif Thedéen guests for the Selby & Friends concert series
Bachtrak
Thu, 2014-09-18
"Thedéen‘s impeccable intonation blended comfortably with Selby’s delicate articulation on the keyboard" "As already heard in the Beethoven Sonata, the Swedish cellist excelled in using his vibrato in a far more versatile way than commonly heard. Under his well-controlled fingers, vibrato was elevated from a “condition” to an evocative artistic tool, not unlike volume or rubato, able to colour the melodic line with its calmness or intensity, sheer presence or even its absence". Zoltan Zabo
Swedish Delight
MANLY DAILY
Wed, 2014-09-17
"Thedeen’s beautiful lines, precision and control in attack, intonation and dynamic were a feature. He is a cellist from the top drawer, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and has an impressive discography and list of collaborations with the likes of violin superstars Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen". STEVE MOFFATT
Superior and Elegant
Jyllandsposten
Sat, 2009-02-07
Strauss creates ten scenes in the symphonic play where Don Quixote is portrayed by the cello and the down-to-earth squire is played by the more humble viola. Swedish cello professor Torleif Thedéen and the Royal Orchestra's own Gert-Inge Andersson played the parts. A stylish couple where the violist was the more theatrical player, whilst Thedéen maintained Don Quixote's self deceptive mask of nobility until the very end. His performance was superior and elegant, and the night dream about the lovely Dulcinea was a moving highligt. Don Quixote's last breath was brilliant and here Thedéen showed that the 'Knight of the sad figure' was a real hero after all.
Discography

This is only a selection of Thorleif Thedéen's recordings.

Antonín Dvorák: Music for cello and orchestra
Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104 The Water Goblin, symphonic poem, Op. 107 Karneval, concert overture, Op. 92 with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Kees Bakels
Schumann & Elgar: Cello Concertos
Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor for cello and orchestra, Op. 129 Sir Edward Elgar: Concerto in E minor for cello and orchestra, Op. 85 with Malmö SymfoniOrkester, Lev Markiz
Chopin & Schumann: Works for Cello and Piano
Fryderyk Chopin: Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op.65 Robert Schumann: Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op.70 Phantasiestück, Op.73 Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op.102 with Roland Pöntinen, piano
Sofia Gubaidulina: The Deceitful Face of Hope and of Despair
Concerto for flute and large orchestra. Seven Words (Sieben Worte) for cello, bayan (accordion) and strings. with Sharon Bezaly, flute, Mie Miki, accordion, and Göteborgs Symphony Orchestra, Mario Venzago
Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello (2 CD)
CD 1: Suite Nr. 1 G-Dur, BWV 1007 Suite Nr. 2 d-moll, BWV 1008 Suite Nr. 3 C-Dur, BWV 1009 CD 2: Suite Nr. 4 Es-Dur, BWV 1010 Suite Nr. 5 c-moll, BWV 1011 Suite Nr. 6 D-Dur, BWV 1012
Édouard Lalo: Orchestral Works
Concerto in D minor for Cello and Orchestra Symphony in G minor Namouna, music from ballet with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Kees Bakels
Lutoslawski & Penderecki: Concertos
Witold Lutoslawski: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra Krzysztof Penderecki: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Orchestra, Leif Segerstam
Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 in D minor, Op. 119 Symphony in A major with Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Alfred Schnittke: Cello Concerto No. 2
Concerto No. 2 for Cello and Orchestra Concerto Grosso No. 2 for Violin, Cello and Orchestra with Oleh Krysa, violin, and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Lev Markiz
Schoenberg & Webern: Chamber Music
Arnold Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4. Transcription for Piano Trio by Eduard Steuermann Anton von Webern: Two Pieces for Cello and Piano Three Little Pieces for cello and piano, Op.11 Variations for piano, Op. 27 Four Pieces for violin and piano, Op. 7 Arnold Schönberg: Sonnet No. 217 by Petrarch (Fourth movement of Serenade, Op. 24). Transcription for Piano Trio by Felix Greissle with Ulf Wallin, violin, and Roland Pöntinen, piano *** This CD got 10/10/10 in Klassik-Heute in 2005!
Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 107 Concerto No. 2 for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 126 with Malmö Symphony Orchestra, James DePreist
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