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Stefan Parkman Conductor General Management

Stefan Parkman holds the Eric Ericson professorship in choral conducting at the Uppsala University. Since 2010 he is Director Cantorum at the University. Since 2014/15 he is Chief Conductor of the WDR Rundfunkchor Cologne. He holds the positions of Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir (2002-2005) and of the Danish National Radio Choir (1989-2002).

He regularly conducts a great number of professional choirs in Europe and USA including Rundfunkchor Berlin,Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, NDR Choir Hamburg, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Netherlands Radio Choir, Choeur de Radio France, Nederlands Kamerkoor, BBC Singers London and Trinity Choir New York.

As a guest conductor Parkman appears with numerous symphony orchestras and ensembles including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Odense Symphony, Aarhus Symphony, Dresdner Barockorchester, WDR Symphony, Kölner Kammerorchester and the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.

Highlights of his career mark numerous first performances of Scandinavian A cappella pieces at major venues and festivals. Stefan Parkman is a committed advocate for the music of Sven-David Sandström and Einojuhani Rautavaara.

His discography includes numerous recordings for Chandos, Dacapo Records and Coviello Classics, including two CDs with the Rundfunkchor Berlin featuring Rodion Shchedrin's The Sealed Angel and the Echo Klassik award-winning recording of Ernst Pepping's Matthew Passion.

Stefan Parkman also frequently teaches at masterclasses, seminars and workshops in Sweden and abroad. In 2012 he was a guest professor at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, and Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin. On several occasions, Parkman has been the leader of a masterclass with the NDR Choir in Hamburg, arranged by the Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrats.

In addition, Parkman held the positions of conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Choir Stockholm and the Uppsala Cathedral Boy's Choir. Since 1983 he is conductor of the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala. In 1997 Stefan Parkman was made Knight of the Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. In 1998 he was elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In 2012 Stefan Parkman received the The Litteris et Artibus Medal from the hands of H. M. The King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Season 2017/18

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News

Stefan Parkman on A Cappella tour with works of Düben Collection

Stefan Parkman conducts the programme Sacred Treasures with works of Buxtehude, Albrici, Carissimi, Dumont, Schmelzer etc. from the world famous Düben

Collection of the University Library Uppsala and Library St. Marien with the Academic Choir Uppsala and soloists of the WDR Rundfunkchor in Lübeck, Greifswald and Hamburg from 21 – 23 September 2017.

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Stefan Parkman conducts Jazz programme with WDR Rundfunkchor

Stefan Parkman conducts the WDR Rundfunkchor in the jazz programme Late Night Serenade joined by the jazz singer Simin Tander in Aachen at the Chorbiennale on 7 July as well in Cologne on 8 July.

Stefan Parkman conducts New Year's concerts in Uppsala

Stefan Parkman conducts two New Year's concerts with the Drottningholm Barock Orchestra, Academic Chamber Choir Uppsala and soloists on 1 January, 16:00 and 2 January, 19:30 at Grand Auditorium of Uppsala University. The programme includes excerpts of J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass and Händel's Messiah.

Stefan Parkman conducts Bach's Matthew Passion in Köln

Stefan Parkman conducts J.S. Bach's Matthew Passion (Mendelssohn version) with the WDR Symphony and Radio Choir in Köln Philharmonie on 7 April.

 

 

Stefan Parkman conducts programme "Polar lights" with WDR Rundfunkchor

Stefan Parkman conducts the WDR Rundfunkchor with "Polar lights" in Cologne on 21 January featuring works by Ludvig Norman, Catharina Palmér, Jan Sandström,

Nils Lindberg, Sven-David Sandström, Wilhelm Stenhammer, Karin Rehnqvist, Alexander Jan Öberg, Staffan Strom, Jan Sandström, Ingvar Lidholm and others.

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Stefan Parkman conducts programme "Longing for" with WDR Rundfunkchor

Stefan Parkman conducts the programme "Longing for" with the WDR Rundfunkchor on 16 September at Funkhaus Köln featuring works by Rossini, Pizzetti, Martland, Badings, Nyström, Brahms, Stenhammar, Schubert, Rautavaara and Mendelssohn.

Stefan Parkman conducts Duke Ellington with WDR Radio Choir

Stefan Parkman conducts the programme "Serenade with Jazz" in Köln on 16 June with the WDR Radio Choir, WDR Big Band and jazz singer Cecile Verny performing works by

Nils Lindberg, Sven-David Sandström, Robert Sund and excerpts of Duke Ellington's "Sacred Concert" and "Come Sunday".

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Stefan Parkman conducts Songs of Love and Spring with the WDR Radio Choir

Stefan Parkman conducts the WDR Radio Choir in a „Best of Stefan Parkman“ programme with Songs of Love and Spring in Köln on 23 January.

The programme includes works by Lars Edlund, Sven-David Sandström, Wilhelm Stenhammar, Debussy, Rossini and Rachmaninov.

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Stefan Parkman conducts Shakespeare programme with WDR

Stefan Parkman and the WDR Radio Choir Cologne present at the Shakespeare Festival Neuss on 23 June the programme „As You Like It – Shakespeare Theatre a

cappella” with works by Nils Lindberg, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi and others featuring settings of texts by Shakespeare. The narrator will be Gustav Peter Wöhler.

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Stefan Parkman conducts "Late Night Serenade" in Cologne

Stefan Parkman conducts the WDR Radio Choir Cologne on 30 May in Cologne with Swedish and Scandinavian Choral serenades and folk song arrangements, including

works by Hugo Alfvén, Wilhelm Stenhammar, David Wikander, Edvard Grieg, Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller, Toivo Kuula, Nils Lindberg and spirituals with soprano Barbara Hendricks.

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Stefan Parkman conducts Shakespeare programme with WDR

The WDR Radio Choir Cologne and Stefan Parkman perform two A cappella concerts in March „As You Like It – Shakespeare Theatre” together with Natalia Wörner. The

programme includes works by Nils Lindberg, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi and others featuring the settings of texts of Shakespeare: Cologne 06.03. and Wuppertal 07.03.

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Stefan Parkman conducts Bach´s Christmas Oratorio

Stefan Parkman conducts J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 with the WDR Radio Symphony, WDR Radio Choir Cologne and soloists at the Köln Philharmonie.

Stefan Parkman conducts entire programme of Bach in Cologne

Stefan Parkman conducts the WDR Symphony Orchestra and WDR Radio Choir Cologne with an entire programme of J.S. Bach in Cologne on 22 November: the Orchestra

Suite No. 2 b minor and cantatas "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme", BWV 140 and "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir", BWV 38.

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Stefan Parkman: Concert and broadcast with WDR Rundfunkchor

The WDR Rundfunkchor performs under his new chief conductor two concerts unter the title "Peace & Light" on 12/13 September. The programme includes works by

Brahms Fest- und Gedenksprüche, Harvey's Plainsong for Peace and Light, Rautavaaras´ Suite de Lorca op. 72, Poulenc´s Un soir de neige as well as a new work by Sandström commissioned by the WDR. Next concert on 24 October within the Festival "Utopie jetzt!" in Mülheim/Ruhr. The broadcast of the concert will be sent on 18 October at 8pm on WDR 3.

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Press

  • "Serenade with Jazz" with WDR Rundfunkchor and Big Band

    The choir demonstrated that music without Big Band can be very alive. Hallelujah by Robert Sund hazarded a “Spiritual mortale”: the voices snapped in and out and the singers moved strenuously in twisted rhythms (…) Nils Lindberg has written several “night works” for A cappella being first performed, atmospherically dense and modern composed and committedly conducted by Stefan Parkman.

    Kölnische Rundschau, Olaf Weiden, 20.06.2016

  • "Messiah" in Mozart version with WDR Radio Choir

    Stefan Parkman focussed on the subtle and piano tones, virtuoso but loose lightness and elegance. The few dynamic peaks in the Halleluja and Amen, which Parkman took spectacularly slow in comparison to his otherwise rather speedy tempo turned out instead even more emphasised.

    The WDR Choir and WDR Radio Symphony provided a flawless performance in terms of agility, beauty of tone and intonation .

    Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Markus Schwering, 15.12.2015

  • Nordic programme at Chorbiennale Aachen

    The singers of the WDR Radio Choir captivated the audience with a selection 
    of different songs of Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish composers. Homogeneous
    in all vocal ranges, perfect in intonation,  phrasing and articulation: The choir
    showed its best side especially with songs by Finn Toivo Kuula and the Swedish
    composers Hakan Parkman and David Wikander. Enthusiastic applause for a brilliant
    festival opener.
     

    Aachener Zeitung, Pedro Obiera, 02.06.2015

  • Successful debut with the WDR radio choir

    Right from the start in his debut concert, Stefan Parkman as chief conductor of the WDR radio choir succeeded to set individual accents. He is able to regulate a differentiated and detailed sound shaping and to communicate his own obvious enthusiasm for the matter.

    Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 15.09.2014

    The intonation of the choir remained untarnished even in the most delicate dissonances in Einojuhani Rautavaara's "Suite de Lorca" and Jan Sandström's "In Flanders Fields". Ovation for a great concert concept.

    Münstersche Zeitung, 16.09.2014

  • Sandström, Britten, Mäntyjärvi, J.S. Bach and Nystedt with the NDR Radio Choir

    Insistingly the chamber choir of the NDR repeats the "Veni" calls like an invocation in minimal music style. An unusual and gripping listening experience from the first to the last bar celebrated by the choir under his Swedish chorus master Stefan Parkman.

    Nürnberger Zeitung, Peter Löw, 08.08.2013

  • Gripping performance with the NDR choir

    Chorus master Stefan Parkman with the excellent NDR choir made a gripping performance. The singers condense “Hear my prayer” to a highly expressive invocation. … Stefan Parkman forms a mature, dark vocal sound. The singers are flexible enough though to lighten up the music score with bright colours. Benjamin Britten's Hymn to St. Cecilia lives on that colour and on the imploring intensity of Stefan Parkman's interpretation.

    Fränkische Landeszeitung, Thomas Wirth, 08.08.2013

  • Edlund, Mäntyjärvi, Mendelssohn and Rautavaara with the WDR Radio Choir

    The audience could convince itself of the highest quality of the choir when the Rundfunkchor Köln literally lighted lights of heaven - "Himmelslichter". Psalms by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy were contrasted to Jaakko Mäntyjärvi's settings of the same texts, a "Gloria" by Lars Edlund and the first of "Duineser Elegien" by Rilke set to music by Einojuhani Rautavaara. Under Stefan Parkman's exceptionally suggestive direction the choir reacts in a most sensitive way and creates a sound with addictive potential, dragging the listener into a spiritual world of sounds.

    Neue Ruhr Zeitung, Roland Dymke, 29.10.2012

  • Rodion Shchedrin: The sealed Angel – Rundfunkchor Berlin

    The Rundfunkchor Berlin radiates even brighter in Rodion Shchedrin's orthodox liturgy "The sealed Angel" under Stefan Parkman. One cannot praise enough the results of the choir's work on musical substance, melodiousness and vocal power.

    Tagesspiegel, 07/2012

Discography

3 Psalms Felix Mendelssohn, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Academic Chamber Choir of Uppsala
Footprint Records (2012)
Ernst Pepping: The Passion according to Saint Matthew Rundfunkchor Berlin
Coviello Classics (2008)
Echo Klassik
Hanne Ørvad: Corona Danish National Choir
Danish National Girls' Choir
Dacapo (2008)
Rodion Schtschedrin: The Sealed Angel Rundfunkchor Berlin
Coviello Classics (2005)
Johannes Brahms: Choral Works, Vol.3 Danish National Symphony Choir
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Chandos (2004)
Sofia Gubaidulina: The Canticle of the Sun; Hommage à Marina Tsvetayeva Danish National Symphony Choir
David Geringas (cello)
Chandos (2003)
Per Nørgård: Frostsalme Danish National Symphony Choir
Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen
Chandos (2002)
Hugo Alfvén: Cantatas Royal Philharmonic Choir of Stockholm
Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Sterling (2000)
Johannes Brahms: Choral Works Danish National Symphony Choir
Bengt Forsberg (piano)
Chandos (2000)
Johannes Brahms: a cappella, Vol.1 Danish National Symphony Choir
Chandos (1999)
Svend Schultz: Yndigt dufter Danmark Works for Choir a capella
Danish National Radio Choir Dacapo (1999)
Zoltán Kodály: Missa brevis; Mátra pictures; Jesus & the traders; Evening Danish National Symphony Choir
Chandos (1999)
Swedish a cappella, Vol.3 (Laudi) Lidholm, Nilsson, Edlund, Carlsstedt, Sandström, Olsson, Rosenberg, traditionals
Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala
Chandos (1999)
Paul Hindemith: Six Chansons / Zwölf Madrigale / Five Songs / Kanons a cappella Rundfunkchor Berlin
Wergo (1998)
Swedish a cappella, Vol. 2 (Paradiso) Werle, Lidholm, Hakanson, Edlund
Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala
Hakan Hagegard (baritone)
Chandos (1998)
Swedish a cappella, Vol. 1 Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala
Bengt Forsberg (piano)
Chandos (1997)
Johannes Brahms: Zigeunerlieder BBC Orchestra
BBC Singers
BBC Music Magazine (1997)
Bengt Hambraeus: Apocalipsis cum figuras secundum Dürer; Motetum Archangeli Michaelis Swedish Radio Choir
Hans-Ola Ericsson (organ)
Olle Sköld (bass)
BIS (1997)
Alfred Schnittke: Penitential Psalms; Voices of Nature Danish National Symphony Choir
Gert Sørensen (vibraphone)
Chandos (1996)
Nordic Light Danish National Symphony Choir
Chandos (1996)
Scandanavian Contemporary Choral Music Tormis, Nørgård, Rautavaara, Sandström, Jersild
Danish National Symphony Choir
Chandos (1994)
Max Reger: A cappella works op. 39 & op. 110 Danish National Symphony Choir
Chandos (1994)
Richard Strauss: A cappella choir works Copenhagen Boys' Choir
Danish National Radio Chamber Choir
Danish National Symphony Choir
Chandos (1993)
Alfred Schnittke: Minnesang; Choir Concerto Danish National Symphony Choir
Chandos (1992)
Ersteinspielung
Ernst Pepping: The Passion according to Saint Matthew Danish National Symphony Choir
Chandos (1992)
Virtue and Glory Capella Nuova
Musica Sveciae (1992)
Royal Music Danish National Chamber Choir
Royal Danish Brass
Gambeensembet Bourrasque
Dacapo (1992)
Carl Nielsen: Choral Works Danish National Symphony Orchestra & Choir
Danish National Chamber Choir
Copenhagen Boys' Choir
Chandos (1990)
Masters of 20th Century A Cappella Lidholm, Henze, Schönberg, Nørgård, Poulenc
Danish National Chamber Choir
Chandos (1991)
Ildebrando Pizzetti: Messa di Requiem Danish National Radio Chamber Choir
Chandos (1991)
Alfred Schnittke: Symphony No.4, Requiem Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala
BIS (1990)