Terje Mikkelsen

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Terje Mikkelsen

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Terje Mikkelsen was born in Norway in 1957. He studied at the Norwegian State Music Academy and with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, where he received his diploma in orchestra conducting in 1989.

From 1984 he also studied with Mariss Jansons, with whom he collaborated closely both in St. Petersburg and Oslo until 1991. Terje Mikkelsen Conducted the Ukrainian State Orchestra in Kiev from 1989-95. In 1993 the orchestra appointed him Chief Conductor and Music Director. From 1990-1995
28 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. Besides the usual concert schedule, he undertook tours with this orchestra and recorded for television and radio. In addition, three CDs with works by Edvard Grieg resulted from this collaboration.

In 1997 Terje Mikkelsen became the Chief Conductor and artistic leader of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in Riga. This collaboration has resulted in 20 CD recordings including three discs of music by John Svendsen, as well as three discs by Johan Halvorsen. Several discs are in production consisting of Latvian and international music. Together they have been touring Germany, Spain, Holland, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, and Japan. At present Mikkelsen is chief guest conductor of the orchestra.

In 1999 Terje Mikkelsen was appointed the Chief Conductor and GMD of the Thuringen Philharmonie Gotha-Suhl. With this orchestra he has toured France, Spain, Thailand and Germany.

From 2001 Mikkelsen is visiting professor at the College of Music, the Mahidol University in Bangkok. He is also the conductor of the SAYOWE orchestra in Bangkok.


Norway; Thailand -- Bangkok

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Mikkelsen appears regularly with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Moscow Radio Orchestra. He has conducted such renowned orchestras as the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Cologne Radio Orchestra (WDR), the Hamburg Radio Orchestra (NDR), the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Belgian Radio Orchestra, the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Hungarica. He has conducted in most of the important halls in Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw, Munchen Philharmonic, Kolner Philharmonic, Auditorium National (Madrid) etc. Future plans include tours to Japan, Germany and Spain with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, China and Europe with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and a tour to Spain with the North Sweden Orchestra.

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