David Björkman, Conductor



David Björkman is one of the latest in a distinguished line of Nordic musicians to move from the concertmaster’s chair to the conductor’s podium. He was a prizewinner at the 2008 Prokofiev International Conducting Competition in St Petersburg and has been a recipient of the Swedish Conductors Award. In the near future David returns to the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and the Gothenburg Opera and makes his debut with Norrbotten NEO, conducting a new Sven-David Sandström opera.

David enjoys ongoing relationships with all the major orchestral ensembles in Sweden, among them the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. He is equally at home in the theatre, and has conducted at the Royal Swedish Opera, at the Gothenburg Opera and at Malmö Opera. David has worked as a guest conductor across the Nordic countries and in Russia. He was recently appointed chief conductor of Livgardets Dragonmusikkår, the Royal Swedish Cavalry Band, in Stockholm.

Contemporary music is a vital strand in David’s career. He has presided over the first performances of more than 30 orchestral scores and has introduced new works in the opera house and the ballet theatre. He conducted the first performance of Sven-David Sandström’s Seven Days, Daniel Nelson’s Pride and Prejudice, Marie Samuelsson’s Jorun and Moto Osada’s both chamber operas, including the international success Four Nights of Dream.

David has recorded for the Naxos, Daphne, Orchid and Swedish Society labels with ensembles including the Odense Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Opera Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was recently chosen to conduct the debut concerto recording by Sébastian Jacot, winner of the 2014 Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition.

David was born in 1973 and studied violin at Gothenburg University. As a violinist in Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and later as concertmaster in NorrlandsOperan, he collaborated with many highly profiled conductors. After deciding to take up conducting in 1999, David studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music with the world’s preeminent conducting instructor Jorma Panula and later took private lessons with Esa-Pekka Salonen and with the late Sixten Ehrling in New York. He signed to Nordic Artists Management in 2013.


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Distinctive and Atmospheric Art of Shaping
Nerikes Allehanda
Tue, 2008-01-01
The evening was concluded with W A Mozart´s delightful Symphony no. 40 in g minor KV 550. Here, beautiful dynamic contrasts were produced without playing for the gallery - The Swedish Chamber Orchestra expressed a pamphlet of Mozartian moods: there were both charm and intimacy. The music was lifted in a way of playing, so light, exquisite and yet so full of detail. There were a gracious aura around the timbre of both the strings and the winds; an aura revealed when what seems incompatible is made facing each other. It is in that effort Björkman´s distinctive and atmospheric art of shaping came to be so effective. With this Mozart interpretation Björkman proved that he is not going to settle with the Stockholm Folkoper 'Lustige Witwe', but is keen to peek into the Olympus of the classical titans of music, and this Thursday evening he showed that he is well equipped to interpret even their masterpieces. The audience became a spiritual experience richer.
Solid replacement, grandiose achievement!
Dagens Nyheter
Mon, 2006-04-24
"David Björkman, who won the Swedish Conducting Award 2004, got to prolong his engagement as short notice preparing conductor to finally take over the weekends concerts instead of indisposed conductor Mikko Franck. Björkman, it showed, was a solid replacer without being caught in a situation of cautiousness. He contributed with a polished accompaniment in Beethoven´s fourth Piano Concerto [with Hélène Grimaud as soloist]... There were also powerful playing after the interval when the orchestra show its muscles in Shostakovich´s 12th Symphony. ... A grandiose achievement from Björkman, rewarded with exultation from the audience and a flourish from the orchestra."
Press Service

Photo: Jakob Lindberg

Photo: Martin Hellström

Photo: Martin Hellström

Photo: Martin Hellström

Photo: Martin Hellström

Photo: Martin Hellström