Rolf Gupta is Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra and the authentic instrument Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. Bringing a keen intelligence and the perspective of a composer to bear on a range of programmes quite dazzling in their breadth, in recent seasons Rolf has conducted music from Mozart and Beethoven through Stravinsky, Messiaen and Lutoslawski, to Ligeti and Lindberg.
Rolf regularly conducts the Oslo Philharmonic, with whom he recently toured a programme that included his composition Chiaroscuro, which was a recommended work at the 45th UNESCO Rostrum of Composers in 1998. Other recent engagements have included a semi-staged performance of Grieg's Peer Gynt with the Swedish Radio Symphony, Norwegian Opera and Mariinsky Choir at Valery Gergiev's White Nights Festival in St Petersburg; the Radio France Présences Festival; Moscow Easter Festival; Lahti, BBC, Bournemouth, Iceland, Gothenburg and Sydney symphony orchestras; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Weimar, Orchestra della Toscana, Avanti! and Ensemble InterContemporain.
Soloists with whom Rolf has worked include Truls Mørk, Antje Weithaas, Henning Kraggerud, Christian Lindberg, Ida Händel and Leif Ove Andsnes. Following conducting studies with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy and with Ilya Musin and Herbert Blomstedt, Rolf studied composition with Olav Anton Thommessen, Per Nørgård, Antonio Bibalo and Lasse Thoresen. Forming close links with many great composers, Rolf has conducted concerts in the presence of Nørgård with the Norwegian Broadcasting and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras; Berio with the Trondheim Symphony; Magnus Lindberg with Remix Ensemble Porto; George Benjamin with the Stavanger Symphony; Rautavaara and Francesconi with the Finnish Radio Symphony; and Maxwell-Davies at the 2004 Oslo Chamber Music Festival. With enthusiastic support from Hans Werner Henze, Rolf has conducted the Sharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic in a concert celebrating the composer´s 75th birthday; his Symphony No.7 with the Oslo Philharmonic and Russian National orchestras; Symphony No.9 with WDR Cologne and RSO Berlin; and toured his opera Der Prinz von Homberg with the Nationale ReisOpera in the Netherlands.
Artistic Director of MAGMA 2002 Berlin, Rolf is Artistic Director of the Kristiansand International Church Music Festival. Rolf´s operatic credits include world premieres of Olli Kortekangas´Joonan Kirja for Finnish National Opera; Rolf Wallin´s Manifest for Holland House Copenhagen; and Thommessen´s The Duchess of Malfi for Norwegian Theatre. With Norwegian Opera he has conducted Die Fledermaus and will conduct the premiere of Gisle Kverndokk´s Den Fjerde Nattevakt in the winter of 2005. With Frankfurt Opera he has conducted La Traviata and Die Zauberflöte.
Rolf has recorded a number of CDs including Tango Ballet with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica for Teldec; Olav Anton Thommessen´s BullsEye with the Oslo Philharmonic and Peter Herresthal for BIS; Luca Francesconi's Cobalt Scarlet: Two Colours of Dawn with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra for BMG Ricordi; and his own Chiaroscuro with the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra for Aurora.
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