Scandinavian conductor Daniel Blendulf will open Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Season 2019 on Saturday 16 February.

One of the world’s most highly regarded young conductors, Scandinavian Daniel Blendulf will lead Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s opening Maestro concert, Heavenly, following news that Music Director Alondra de la Parra will replace the incapacitated Franz Welser-Möst in conducting a new production of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) at the prestigious Staatsoper Berlin.

Maestro Blendulf made his debut with Queensland Symphony Orchestra when he led the Orchestra and French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in the first Maestro for 2018 last February. The concert showcased Daniel’s exquisite control on the podium to which the orchestra responded with finely integrated playing, and the massive finale of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy was rewarded with a full standing ovation.

He is also set to conduct the June Maestro concert titled Soulful Journeys, which features Spiritus, the work of Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth, Nocturnes by Debussy and Dvo?ák’s Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra. Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrandez is the soloist.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Chief Executive Craig Whitehead said welcoming Maestro Blendulf back to Brisbane for the opening Maestro concert was an extraordinary coup. “Following news that Maestra de la Parra is to become the first Mexican conductor to take the baton at the prestigious Staatsoper Berlin, we are thrilled that one of the world’s rising stars in Daniel Blendulf can return to Queensland to open our season,” he said.

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