torleif thedéen, solo cellist

torleif thedéen, solo cellist

Classical Tour

Tour Dates

Described by the Irish Times as “…musically arresting and technically commanding”, Swedish cellist Torleif Thedéen burst onto the international scene in 1985 by winning three of the world’s most celebrated cello competitions.  Since then he has been a featured soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and as a chamber musician he has appeared in prestigious concert venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.  Music Network presents in Ireland Scandinavia’s most celebrated musician on a solo tour from April 17 – 27, 2005.  His programme will include Bach’s Solo Suite No. 1, G-major, BWV 1007, Khachaturian’s Sonata Fantasy, and Solo Sonata, Op. 8 by Kodály.  Music Network tours are sponsored by the Arts Council and presented in association with the Irish Times and with RTÉ lyric fm.  Further information from Music Network at (01) 671 9429 or from

Thedéen performs regularly, not only with orchestras in Scandinavia, but also with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Israel Sinfonietta.  He has performed under conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Neeme Järvi, Franz Welser-Möst, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Leif Segerstam, and Eri Klas.  In addition, he has participated in many Music Festivals including the Prague Spring Festival, the festival in Schleswig-Holstein, festivals in Bordeaux, Oslo, Bath, Stavanger and Kuhmo.

Thedéen has recorded numerous CDs for BIS, featuring standard repertoire works as well as contemporary music.  His CD of Shostakovich’s Cello Concertos won the Cannes Classical Award in 1995, and his recording of J.S. Bach’s suites for solo cello received critical and popular acclaim when it was released in 2000 and was selected as Editor’s choice in BBC Music Magazine.  His recording of Dvorak’s cello concerto was released in 2002.  In 2004/05 Torleif Thedéen took up the post as Artistic Advisor for the Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra in Sweden.  Later this year he will tour to Canada in addition to performing with the Bergen Philharmonic (Litton) in Malmö (König).  In 2006 he makes his début with the Rotterdam Philharmonic.  Torleif Thedéen was appointed Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen in 1992 and since 1996 he has been Professor at the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm.

Tour Dates

Sun 17 Apr      Tinahely                     Courthouse Arts Centre

Monday 18 Apr New Ross                 St. Michael’s Theatre

Tues 19 Apr   Dublin                          Coach House, Dublin Castle

Wed 20 Apr    Bray                            Mermaid Arts Centre

Thurs 21 Apr   Newbridge                 Riverbank Arts Centre

Mon 25 Apr    Castlebar                    Linenhall Arts Centre

Tues 26 Apr    Clifden                       Church of Ireland

Wed 27 Apr    Letterkenny               Letterkenny Arts Centre