Rolf Gupta

Conductor and composer Rolf Gupta was Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) and the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, and until summer 2013 Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. His work displays great breadth, from authentic instrument performances of Baroque works, to classical, choral, symphonic works, contemporary scores and opera. He has worked closely with composers including Berio, Lindberg, Grisey, Nørgård, Wallin, Benjamin and particularly Henze, whose works Rolf Gupta has conducted with the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, WDR Symphonie Orchestra and Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (RSB). Rolf Gupta has conducted the world premieres of a number of operas including Bernard Lang’s Der Alte vom Berge and Reigen at the Schwetzingen Festival, Theater Basel and NODO 2014. Other operatic productions have included Finnish National Opera and Norwegian Opera; an Achim Freyer production of La Traviata for Nationaltheater Mannheim; Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg for Nationale ReisOpera; Grieg’s Peer Gynt with Swedish Radio Symphony, Norwegian Opera and the Mariinsky Choir at the White Nights Festival; La Traviata and Die Zauberflöte for Frankfurt Opera; Rolf Wallin’s Manifest for Holland House Copenhagen, and a Jonathan Miller production of Don Giovanni. Following harpsichord studies at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam, Rolf Gupta studied conducting with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy and with Ilya Musin and Herbert Blomstedt. He studied composi- tion with Per Nørgård, Olav Anton Thommessen, Antonio Bibalo and Lasse Thoresen, and his composition Chiaroscuro was a recommended work at the 45th UNESCO Rostrum of Composers 1998. Rolf has recorded a num- ber of CDs including Tango Ballet with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica for Teldec, Thommessen’s BullsEye with the Oslo Philharmonic for BIS, Francesconi‘s Cobalt Scarlet: Two Colours of Dawn with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra for BMG Ricordi, and his own Chiaroscuro for Aurora. 

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