Torleif Thedéen – Violoncello

Cellist Torleif Thedéen has spent the last 25 years playing on all continents, performing with important orchestras including the  London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham SO, BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Chech Philharmonic, Oslo-Stockholm-Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Thedéen has regularly worked with conductors like Salonen, Järvi, Venzago, Saraste, Litton, Oramo, Vänskä, Elder, V.Neuman, Segerstam, Berglund, Welser-Möst, DePreist, Rozhdestvensky, J.V Steen and others alike. Being a passionate chamber musician, Thedéen often performs in prestigious venues like the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Schauspielhaus in Berlin. He has perfomed in many festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Utrecht, Prag Spring, Dubrovnik, Helsinki Festival, Kuhmo, Bath, Bordeaux, Bergen and the Verbier Festival.

Since 1986, Torleif Thedéen has also been very active in the recording studio, recording for labels like BIS, CPO, DECCA, EMI and Deutsche Grammophon. He has recorded the complete Schnittke works for cello, Britten’s three Solo Suites as well as Concertos by Dvorak, Lalo, Schumann, Elgar, Saint-Saens, Kabalevsky, Bloch, Kokkonen and Shostakovich.

He won the 1995 Cannes Classical Award at MIDEM with an outstanding performance of two Shostakovich concertos . The release of J.S. Bach Suites for solo cello received rave reviews and the BBC Music Magazine made it their Editor’s Choice.

In 2012, Thedéen joined Janine Jansen on a DECCA recording with works by Schönberg and Schubert. Recent seasons included tours to Japan (Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra/De Preist), concerts with the London PO/Venzago in the Royal Festival Hall and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Julian Rachlin and Itamar Golan joined Thedéen in the Vienna Musikverein in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto (Wiener Symphoniker). He also returned to the Swedish Radio S.O. and to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and performed with the Hallé Orchestra, City of Birmingham SO, Stuttgart Philharmonic., Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic.

As a chamber music player he performed in addition a number of chamber concerts in Europe (London/Wigmore Hall, Berlin, Stockholm and Carnegie Hall.

In 2011 Thedéen replaced Heinrich Schiff with ORF/RSO Sinfonieorchester in Vienna, playing Bloch Schelomo. He performs regularly with fellow musicians Janine Jansen, Martin Fröst, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Lawrence Power, Roland Pöntinen, Itamar Golan and Polina Leschenko.

Since 1996 Thedéen has been professor at Edsberg Music institute/Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he himself received his most important education from professor Frans Helmerson. In 2003, Thedéen was awarded the medal Litteris et Artibus by the Swedish Academy of Music.