Michael Sanderling

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Michael Sanderling (born 21 February 1967 in Berlin) is a German violoncellist and conductor.


Michael Sanderling, son of the contrabassist Barbara Sanderling and the conductor Kurt Sanderling, got his first cello lessons at the age of five in Berlin. At the age of eleven, he became student of Matthias Pfaender at the Spezialschule für Musik Berlin. The 17-year-old Sanderling was accepted at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" and studied with Josef Schwab. He took further lessons with William Pleeth, Yo-Yo Ma, Gary Hoffmann and Lynn Harrell. In 1987 he won a 1st prize at the Maria Canals International Music Competition. The same year, after his debut as a soloist, he was engaged as solo cellist of Kurt Masur's Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra where he stayed until 1992. From 1994 to 2006 he was guest solo cellist at the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (East Berlin). From 1994 to 1998 he was academic at Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler". In 1998 he started teaching at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Between 2000 and 2003 he was also professor at Hochschule der Künste Bern.

Sanderling lives with his wife in Berlin.

Artistic career as a violoncellist[edit]

Orchestras which have invited Sanderling to perform as cello soloist include the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the Vienna Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His chamber music partners have included Elisabeth Leonskaja, Julia Fischer, Martin Helmchen and Veronika Eberle. He was member of the Trio Ex Aequo from 1988 to 1996. Michael Sanderling ended his career as a cello soloist in 2010. He now devotes his time to teaching and his conducting career.[1]

Artistic career as a conductor[edit]

Michael Sanderling made his debut as a conductor leading the Kammerorchester Berlin in a concert on November 22, 2001 at the Berliner Philharmonie. In 2003 he became principal conductor of the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie and has appeared in many concerts with the ensemble at such venues as the Kölner Philharmonie, Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, Frankfurt's Alte Oper, the Essener Philharmonie, Leipzig's Gewandhaus, and at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Dresden Music Festivals.[2] From 2006 to 2010 Sanderling was principal conductor and artistic director of the Kammerakademie Potsdam.[3] During these seasons he conducted the opera The Fall of the House of Usher by Philip Glass, led a concert tour of Spain in 2009 and of Germany in 2007 with Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott as well as conducting performances at the Rheingau Musik Festival. In 2009 Sony released a CD of works for small orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich recorded with the Kammerakademie Potsdam and Michael Sanderling as conductor.[4]

Michael Sanderling has appeared as a guest conductor with numerous orchestras, including the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Nederlands Filharmonisch Orkest, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.[5]

CD-Releases as a conductor[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Süße-Krause, Uta and Eggebrecht, Harald (2009). Cellisten Cellists, p. 189. Michael Imhof Verlag, Petersberg. ISBN 978-3-86568-540-7.
  2. ^ Verband Deutscher Musikschulen. "Dirigent Michael Sanderling". Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
  3. ^ Roessler, Antje. "Michael Sanderling sagt Potsdam Ade", Maerkische Allgemeine, Potsdam, 17 May 2010. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
  4. ^ Niemann, Carsten. "CD Rezension Schostakowitsch Kammersinfonien", Rondo - Das Klassik & Jazz Magazin, Munich, 12 December 2009. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
  5. ^ Artesystem. "Biography Michael Sanderling". Retrieved on 2010-06-29.