Niklas Willén - Conductor
© Michael Claxton
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.
Niklas Willén, the finest Swedish conductor of his generation, is Chief Conductor of the WDR Radio Orchestra Köln.
He has previously held positions as General Music Director of the Volkstheater Rostock and Chief Conductor of the North German Philharmonic Rostock, Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra in Denmark and Chief Conductor of the Sundsvall Chamber Orchestra.
was born in Stockholm in 1961 where he
studied conducting and composition at the city's Royal College of Music where his
conducting teachers included Jorma Panula.
Recent engagements have seen Niklas Willén tour in Europe with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and make debuts with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra of the National University of Mexico
(with an immediate re-invitation) whilst returning to major orchestras like the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Flanders Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestra.
In a busy schedule he
returns to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra this season.
career is increasingly focussed in Germany, throughout Scandinavia and the Nordic countries with several of the principal orchestras of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland and the major Swedish opera houses conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra with forays beyond that have seen him conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, Brabants Orkest and Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest in the Netherlands, the Nordwestdeutsch Philharmonie
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 as well as having spectacular successes conducting the Swedish Radio Choir.
An unwavering list of fine concert reviews include from his
debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in May '11 "... 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
great art and his
intense musical interpretation of the Helios Overture and even more with Sibelius's second.