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Thomas Sanderling grew up in St Petersburg, where his father Kurt Sanderling was conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. After graduating from the Music School of the Leningrad Conservatory he studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in East Berlin. At the age of 24 he became Music Director of the Halle Opera, and at an early age appeared frequently with leading East German orchestras and opera houses, including the Dresden Staatskapelle and Leipzig Gewandhaus. At the request of the composer he gave the German premières of Shostakovich’s Thirteenth and Fourteenth Symphonies and made the world première recording of the composer’s last orchestral work, the Michelangelo Suite. This recording led to work as assistant to Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan. Thomas Sanderling has conducted extensively on the international stage, and is equally acclaimed for his operatic work. He was Permanent Guest Conductor of the Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin from 1978 to 1983, when he moved to the West. Since then he has conducted an extensive repertory of operas at some of the world’s leading opera houses. He enjoys a strong relationship with the St Petersburg Philharmonic and since 2000 he has served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2004 became Principal Guest Conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. He has won wide acclaim and a number of distinguished awards, and in recent years has recorded the complete orchestral works of Taneyev for Naxos. His other recordings, including Shostakovich premières for Deutsche Grammophon, have won considerable critical acclaim and recognition.

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