Christian Øland

Biography

The Danish conductor Christian Øland, born 1994, was admitted to the conducting class of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki at 18 years of age. After his first year of study, chief conductor Hannu Lintu appointed him assistant conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Christian Øland is recipient of the 2016 Carl Nielsen Talent Prize awarded by the Carl Nielsen Foundation. In 2016 he also received the Arne Hammelboe Travel Scholarship awarded by the Danish Conductors Association.

Season 2017/18 Øland made his debut conducting Tchaikovsky's Juliet and Romeo, by the Swedish choreographer Mats Ek, at The Royal Swedish Ballet. Same season Øland made his debut with The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, conducting a recording of Copland Clarinet Concerto.

Previous highlights has included concerts with orchestras such as the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and as Co-Conductor of the international youth orchestra OrkesterNorden (The Nordic Youth Orchestra).

In April 2017 Christian Øland conducted a full production of the opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten with Helsinki Sinfonietta and the Sibelius Academy opera class. In April 2016 Christian Øland was invited to take part in a masterclass with Herbert Blomstedt and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, where Øland conducted Sibelius 2nd symphony.

As assistant conductor of The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra for the season 2014/15, Christian Øland conducted the FRSO at a children’s concert in works by Sibelius. He furthermore conducted an ensemble offstage at a concert with the orchestra in collaboration with the British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen in a Nordic premiere of the contemporary work Der Nächtige Wanderer by the Dutch composer Reinbert de Leeuw. During the same season, he conducted the Finnish modern music ensemble called NYKY-ensemble in a Nordic premiere of the Italian composer Fausto Romitelli's work An Index of Metals from 2003. After the premiere the NYKY-ensemble and Øland was invited to perform the piece at the Finnish music festival Flow Festival.

Christian Øland studied piano and bassoon in Denmark before commencing his conducting studies at the Sibelius Academy. He studied bassoon with the Norwegian bassoon player Audun Halvorsen, principal bassoon of The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and studied piano with the Danish piano professor Anne Øland.

As a bassoon player Christian Øland has played in orchestras such as The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and been a prize winner in different youth competitions in Denmark.

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