who attended the Hochschule fur Musik in East Berlin
and the Leningrad Conservatory and studied with Hans Swarowksy. His father, Kurt Sanderling,
was the conductorof the St. Petersburg
It did not
take long for him to put his education to use, as he joined the Halle Opera
as their music director when he was twenty-four years old.
as the conductor of the State Orchestra of Russia, he met up with Dmitri
Shostakovich and they became fast friends, so much so that the Russian
master asked him to conduct the German premieres of his 13th and
14th symphonies. Thomas
also recorded the world premiere of Shostakovich’s “Michelangelo
Shostakovich died, Thomas dedicated an Italian version of the work to
Dmitri’s widow, Irina.
with the Wiener Staatsoper and became the
permanent guest conductor of the Deutsche Staatsoper
in 1978, a post he held for five years. In 1983, he relocated to Germany.
He became the
artistic advisor and principal conductor of the Philharmonisch
Orkest in Amsterdam,
The Netherlands, in 1984, and remained in those capacities until 1986. In 1992, he became the music
director of the Osaka Symphony Orchestra in Japan.
the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall on 2nd
April 2002. The all-Brahms
program comprised “Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15”, “Symphony
No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68” and “Tragic Overture, Op. 81”. He became guest conductor of the Novosibirsk
Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002 and principal guest conductor of the National
Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia in 2004.
In 2006, he
conducted a couple of concerts to commemorate the 100th anniversary
of Shostakovich’s birth, one with the Symphonieorchester
des Bayerischen Rundfunks
and one at the Shostakovich Jubilee festival, where he premiered “Suite,
Op. 29a” from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
from his post with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra in 2009. On 21st November 2009, he
conducted the world premiere of Mieczyslaw
Weinberg’s Requiem at
Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool,
the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra at Durban City Hall
on 2nd November 2010 in a program that comprised the overture
from The Marriage of Figaro by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Symphony in D minor” by Cesar Franck,
and “Violin Concerto” by Johannes Brahms, with soloist Daniel
September 2011, he conducted the Russian National Orchestra at the
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in a performance of “Symphony No. 13”
(“Babi Yar”) by Shostakovich, with
bass-baritone Sergei Leiferkus, and “Symphony
No. 3” (“Kaddish”) by Leonard
the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra at the Usedom
Music Festival in Germany
on 5th October 2012, when they performed “Serenade for
Strings in C major, Op. 48” by Peter Ilyich
March 2013, he conducted Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid,
which he appears include: Alberic Magnard: Complete Symphonies with the
Malmo Symphony Orchestra; Beyond
Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5/Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet with the
Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra; Complete Brahms Symphonies with the Philharmonia;
Dmitri Shostakovich: Songs and Waltzes with Sergei Leiferkus and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra; Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 with the St.
Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Richard
Symphony No. 3 “The Holocaust”/Symphony No. 4 “The
Eternal Conflict” with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Saint-Saens: The Piano Concertos with Anna Malikova and the WDR Sinfonieorchester
Koln; and, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Op.
35/Prokofiev: Violin Concerto
No. 2, Op. 63 with the Halle Symphony Orchestra and Mayuko
London Philharmonic recordings
Adagio for Piano and Orchestra (Richard Nanes)