With its versatility, vitality and musical quality of the highest standard, Trondheim Symfoniorkester (TSO) is regarded as a powerhouse of Norwegian culture, establishing itself as a source of inspiration for the nation as a whole.
The orchestra has enjoyed a long musical tradition. Up to the 19th century, Trondheim was a centre for sacred music, with many significant musicians settling in the area. Keeping pace with the expanding European music culture, several music societies were formed. TSO was founded in 1909. In more recent times, the orchestra has established a solid position as an inspiring impulse. Each season TSO presents a diverse classical programme including full stage opera productions. Through numerous education and community programs we display our commitment to the future of music and our support for the next generation of artists.
In 2013 TSO toured Germany (Cologne), Austria (Vienna) and Poland (Krakow and Warsaw), lead by our Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader Krzysztof Urbański. During the four day tour TSO performed to a sold out concert hall in Warsaw, and our concert at the famed Wiener Konzerthaus generated rave reviews. TSO toured China in 2010, premiering at the opening of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. This highly successful tour also included a performance in Beijing’s Century Theater and concerts in Nanping and Suzhou. Other successful tours in recent years have taken TSO to Spain and the Czech Republic, all of which have contributed to building the orchestra’s international reputation.
Krzysztof Urbański continues his successful tenure as Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader with Trondheim Symfoniorkester until the spring of 2017. His wide repertoire and his engaging interpretations of the great classics have earned him a reputation as a conductor who enriches, inspires and moves large audiences. During his five years with Trondheim Symfoniorkester, Krzysztof Urbański’s international career has grown in scale. He has debuted with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Chicago Symphony, and in December of 2014 he substituted for Christoph von Dohanny with the New York Philharmonic. Urbański has been a guest conductor with the London Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales Espańa, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Finsk Radios Symfoniorkester and the Oslo filharmoniske orkester. Further guest performances include the French Radio Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. In the USA Urbański has conducted the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and the National Orchestra in Washington D.C. In February of 2015 Urbański was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award for 2015.