30th of May sees the young and highly renowned Hamburg NDR Radiophilharmonie conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen leading the London Philharmonic Orchestra featuring pianist Nelson Goerner at the Royal Festival Hall.
Despite his young age, Eivind Gullberg Jensen has been closely watched by the international classical scene for years. German critics called Gullberg Jensen the greatest conductor talent in Scandinavia after his debut at Alte Oper in Frankfurt. Le monde de la Musique, the most important musical journal in France, has pronounced him one of the ten future conquerors of classical music.
More than one leading orchestra has had its eye on the 35-year-old Norwegian, but it was the Hanover Radio Philharmonic that acted first. Gullberg Jensen takes up his position as the orchestra’s new conductor in 2009.
Gullberg’s style is inspiring, demanding and manifestly musical, and the musicians feel ignited by his leadership. He has been called the “rock conductor”, due to his casual style of clothing and intense body language.
Gullberg Jensen was educated in Stockholm under the auspices of master pedagogue Jorma Panula. He has also done master classes with Kurt Masur in Poland and New York. And it was as a substitute for the same Masur that Gullberg Jensen had his true international breakthrough when he stepped in on extremely short notice and created a sensation with the Orchestre Nationale de France in 2005.
The programme for the Royal Festival Hall performance includes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat and Sibelius’ Symphony No.2 in D.