The following added on March 7:
|In protest against the current Russian aggressive action in Ukraine, Maestro Thomas Sanderling announces his resignation as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra with immediate effect.
In 2007 Thomas Sanderling was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra and from August 2017 until March 2022 he was its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.
Since the beginning of the conflict, Thomas Sanderling has shown his solidarity with Ukraine. He most recently used the Ukrainian national anthem to open an all-Shostakovich concert with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in Tallinn. Thomas Sanderling notes: “Following the recent aggression of Russia in Ukraine and especially the violent bombing of Ukrainian cities and growth of totalitarianism in Russia I felt that I had to resign as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra with immediate effect. This decision has been very painful for me, as I was born in Novosibirsk and had always felt a strong connection to the orchestra”.
Last October in Kiev, Thomas Sanderling conducted the “great” Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 ‘Babi Yar’ as a memorial to the victims of the massacre at Babyn Yar. The event was held in the presence of the German, Israeli and Ukrainian Presidents. This sacred memorial site was hit during the recent bombing campaign on Kiev.
Thomas Sanderling will conduct Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 on 13th and 14th March in Saarbrücken and adds: “Dmitri Shostakovich, whom I knew personally and with whom I worked on numerous occasions, is one of the composers whose music is very close to my heart. This often very tragic music has humanity as its central meaning and therefore it has a very special meaning also today. His great music always opposed any form of dictatorship, either in Russia or anywhere else and looking back on his creative output, we can be sure that if he were alive today, he would reflect this ongoing tragedy in his music.
Thomas Sanderling grew up in St Petersburg, where his father, conductor Kurt Sanderling, was the permanent conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He graduated from the Music School of the Leningrad Conservatory and went on to study conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in East Berlin, becoming Music Director of the Halle Opera, aged 24. He has conducted many orchestras including BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Dresden Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Halle Orchestra, Manchester, Helsinki Philharmonic, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, London Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. He holds the title of Lifetime Music Director Laureate of the Osaka Symphony Orchestra.