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Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann will be the Calgary Philharmonic Music Director starting in the 2017/2018 Season. Bergmann is considered among today’s most talented Scandinavian conductors and his elegant interpretations of classical as well as contemporary pieces continue to attract the attention of orchestras throughout the world.

Growing up in a small Norwegian city, Bergmann choose his career path after watching a New Year’s Eve concert from Vienna at age eight. He went on to study orchestral conduction at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki where he graduated with high honors. Bergmann has not only studied choir and orchestral conducting, but is also a multi-talented musician playing trumpet, piano and violin. He is described as an energetic and compelling figure on the podium, and is renowned for his dynamic and versatile repertoire.  

Prior to his posting at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergmann was the General Music Director at the Augsburger Philharmoniker and Theater Augsburg in Germany. In addition, he regularly conducts a wide range of distinguished orchestras and opera houses all around the world.

The next concert Bergmann will conduct for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra will be The Planets on June 9 and 10. Buy tickets to the spectacular concert celebrating Canada's 150 here: