Stefan Sanderling

Principal Conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Sanderling serves as Music Director of the Florida Orchestra and Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

The German-born conductor has led orchestras across Europe, the United States and Asia, including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, among others. In Australia he has conducted the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and in Japan the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and the NHK Symphony of Tokyo.

Since his North American debut at the 1989 Tanglewood Summer Music Festival, Sanderling has led the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony, among others.

Stefan Sanderling was born in East Berlin in 1964, son of conductor Kurt Sanderling. He studied musicology at the University of Halle and conducting at the conservatory in Leipzig before leaving East Germany to continue his studies in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California.

In the early 1990s, Sanderling held conducting positions at the Brandenburgische Philharmonie and the Potsdam Opera, his first significant conducting positions in his native Germany. After five years he went on to become Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Staatstheater in Mainz, leaving the position in 2001. Between 1997 and 2004 he also served as Music Director of the Orchestre de Bretagne in France.

Sanderling made his first recording on the Sony Classics label with the London Symphony Orchestra. Three CDs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have recently been released, featuring symphonies by Haydn and Mendelssohn. He has recorded the complete Tchaikovsky Orchestral Suites and Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella on the Naxos label. He also has released several discs of works by the French composers Gretry, Gossec and Mehul and Ladmirault on the ASV and Arion label. His most recent recording, a series of symphonies and tone poems by Honegger, was released by Naxos.