Visiting Conductor | Arne Almrot

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Arne Almroth is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in his native Stockholm, Sweden, where he studied voice, piano and conducting. His conducting professor was the legendary Swedish maestro Eric Ericson, with whom Almroth thereafter maintained a professional relationship spanning over more than two decades. Through maestro Ericson and his ensembles, the Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Almroth worked regularly with many of the most important conductors of our time, such as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Carlo Maria Giulini and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, which consequently came to profoundly influence his own work as a conductor.

Mr. Almroth has since become a highly influential force in Swedish musical life, and has conducted many orchestras in Scandinavia, including the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and the Nordic Chamber Orchestra. Almroth has conducted at the Dalhalla Opera, one of the leading outdoor opera arenas in Europe, and at the prestigious St. Olav Festival at Stiklestad in Trondheim, Norway, where he served as a regular conductor for eight consecutive seasons. For many years Almroth has also been an advocate of the music of the famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, and in 2005 he conducted the composer´s large oratorio ”Canto General” with Swedish and Greek soloists and the Stockholm Orchestra for an audience of 4000 in a celebration concert of the composer´s 80 year birthday. He is now scheduled to conduct the same work for the composer´s 90th birthday in 2015.

In the spring of 2015 Almroth is conducting a production of the Mexican composer Daniel Catán´s opera ”Rappaccini´s Daughter” at the Moores Opera in Houston, as well as the Sibelius Second Symphony with the Moores Symphony. In the following season he will, in addition to his engagements in the US, make his debuts with the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and the Kristiansand Symphony (Norway).

After leaving a position as Artistic Director of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway in 2012, Almroth moved to Houston, Texas with his wife, the American violinist Carole Marie Harris, and they now divide their time and careers between the US and Europe.

Mr. Almroth´s work has taken him to most countries in Europe as well as the US, Canada and Japan. This is his first visit to China.