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Conductor

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Patrick Garvey Management
Cedar House 10 Rutland Street
Filey, North Yorkshire YO14 9JB
United Kingdom

Company Description: Patrick Garvey Management is a leading classical music agent, representing a select number of artists, principally conductors, and with expertise in choirs and...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Chief Conductor and General Music Director
    Volkstheater Rostock
  • Chief Conductor
    WDR Radio Orchestra Köln
  • Chief Conductor and General Music Director
    The North German Philharmonic
  • Chief Conductor
    Sundsvall Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor
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Niklas Willen - Conductor - Patrick Garvey Management, Classical Music Agent
www.patrickgarvey.com, 1 Feb 2014 [cached]
His debut in The Merry Widow for Greek National Opera, Athens, was reviewed: "Niklas Willen showed that he knows well how to convey the airy, melodic music of Lehar.
Niklas Willen - Conductor - Patrick Garvey Management, Classical Music Agent
www.patrickgarvey.com, 1 Feb 2014 [cached]
Niklas Willén - Conductor
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Niklas Willén: Photo Michael Claxton Media
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"In Niklas Willén's interpretation of the paintings turned into music [Nielsen's 2nd Symphony] a transformation takes place from Nielsen's raw laughter to a feeling of human understanding. Willén shared the portraits of Nielsen's caricatures.
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Niklas Willén, the finest Swedish conductor of his generation, has held positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the WDR Radio Orchestra Köln, General Music Director of the Volkstheater Rostock and Chief Conductor of the North German Philharmonic Rostock ("The North German Philharmonic, conducted by its chief conductor and General Music Director, Niklas Willén, played Mozart's score [The Marriage of Figaro] in a fresh and stylish way that was also gallant and always well phrased.
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Niklas Willén has toured Europe with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra. His career is increasingly focussed on Germany and throughout the Nordic countries with many of its principal orchestras and opera houses that include the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, in Norrköping, Stavanger, Malmö, Trondheim, Iceland, Tallinn and Swedish Radio Choir alongside the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, OFUNAM in Mexico, Brabants Orkest and Noordhollands Philharmonisch, NWD Philharmonie, Augsburg, Jena and Gera in Germany as well as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Ulster Orchestra. The review from his debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in May '11 read: "... he dazzled in Nielsen's Symphony No. 3 … with such deep conviction, freedom and joy it was as though it could have been at least Beethoven's Symphony No. 7" (Ruch Muzyczny) and range elsewhere from Germany: "Willén accentuated his great art and his intense musical interpretation of the Helios Overture and even more with Sibelius's second.
Patrick Garvey Management: Management of Classical Music Artists
www.patrickgarvey.com, 27 Feb 2012 [cached]
Niklas Willen
Niklas Willén is a regular ...
www.naxos.com, 21 April 2010 [cached]
Niklas Willén is a regular guest conductor each season with major Scandinavian orchestras such as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Currently Chief Conductor of the Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, he has previously held positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and as Chief Conductor of the Sundsvall Chamber Orchestra.
Niklas Willén has become a busy recording artist, making CDs with orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Opera in Stockholm, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Opera, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Sundsvall Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.
Niklas Willén ...
hyperion-records.co.uk, 11 Jan 2008 [cached]
Niklas Willén
conductor
Niklas Willén is currently Chief Conductor of the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester in Denmark and he has previously held positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and as Chief Conductor of the Sundsvall Chamber Orchestra.In addition to all his conducting engagements Niklas Willén has become a busy recording artist, making CDs with many orchestras who include the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Opera in Stockholm, Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Opera, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symfoniorkester, Sundsvall Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.
The finest Swedish conductor of his generation, he was born in Stockholm in 1961 and went on to study conducting and composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in the city where his conducting teachers were Professor Jorma Panula and Kjell Ingebretson and his composition tutors Ingvar Karkhoff and Daniel Boertz.
Niklas Willén has regularly worked with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony and Swedish Chamber orchestras as well as the other main orchestras and most opera houses in Sweden and he has also toured Germany and France with the Stockholm Sinfonietta and Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester.He has strong, distinct affiliations to repertoire of the classical, romantic and contemporary eras.His performances in recent years with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic of Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloë", Mahler's First Symphony and Pettersson's 7th Symphony have received glowing comment and reviewers writing about a performance with the Sundsvall Chamber Orchestra of Beethoven's 7th said "His interpretation … is the best that Stockholm has seen for many years … The result was a light and lively performance, far from the heavy, thunderous interpretations which have been the fashion for some time."
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