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An Acclaimed Conductor with a Sense of Fun – Morten Schuldt-Jensen Talks to Jeremy Siepmann

January 1, 2011

As befits conductors of distinction, Morten Schuldt-Jensen is an all-rounder, his tastes ranging as widely as his approaches to performance. Equally comfortable and accomplished in both choral and orchestral conducting, he found his professional feet, as it were, at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, prior to earning a Masters degree in musicology at the University of Copenhagen. His acclaimed Naxos recordings over the last few years bear witness to his range, embracing vocal music by Domenico Scarlatti, symphonies by J.C.F. Bach and choral and orchestral music by Haydn and Mozart, as well as a complete cycle of the great masses of Schubert.  Now an artist, scholar and esteemed academic, he began his professional life as a singer—a fact which initially determined his direction as a conductor: ‘The orchestra was not a realistic option at that point because I didn’t play a single orchestral instrument, so I had no experience of playing in an orchestra. It was an easy matter, though, to assemble a choir of my co-students and singer friends, and that was how I began my career as a choral specialist (choral conducting, as I then believed, requiring no more than a good voice!)’.
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