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David Porcelijn - Conductor

“The reason the van Gilse (3rd Symphony) came across so well was certainly because of the conductor David Porcelijn. Porcelijn turned out to be a first class maestro who knows exactly what he wants and what he can do with romantic repertoire. This was also audible in the Venusberg music from Wagner's Tannhäuser where, from a touchingly beautiful quiet beginning to its excited end, Porcelijn brought indispensable calm to the sound before building the music up to a coherent and rousing conclusion.“
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (Enschede) / Maarten Mestrom - de Stentor, 21st March '09

David Porcelijn is one of the most outstanding Dutch musicians of his generation. A most highly regarded orchestral trainer, he has held positions as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester in Denmark, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the RTB Symphony Orchestra in Belgrade plus Music Director and Conductor of the Netherlands Dance Theatre. He has also been professor in conducting at the Utrecht – Amsterdam Conservatoire and at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

David Porcelijn has, amongst many others, conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Sydney Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden Baden und Freiburg, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filharmónica de Gran Canaria, NDR Radiophilharmonie and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.  Beyond his work in core repertoire he also conducts new music throughout the world appearing, for example, with music of contemporary Chinese composers in three concerts at the Edinburgh International Festival.  His work sees him conducting world wide with major cultural organisations like Opera Australia, the Prague Spring Festival and the Orquesta Filharmónica de la Cuidad de México as well as touring with his orchestras as chief conductor and conducting the ballet companies of Zurich Opera and Malandain Biarritz.

David Porcelijn has a broad opera repertoire. He has received the prize “Best Opera Conductor” at the Munich Biennial for a production with The Netherlands Opera and made his opera debut in Australia conducting Rigoletto for the State Opera of South Australia where he has since conducted Macbeth, La Traviata and John Adams’ Nixon in China and, for Opera Queensland, Madama Butterfly.  His work for Opera Australia at Sydney Opera House has included Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Les contes d’Hoffmann and Il barbiere di Siviglia and, in co-operation with Opera Australia, a semi-staged version of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. For The Netherlands Opera he has also conducted Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Theo Loevendie’s Gassir the Hero and two operas by Param Vir. He has also recently conducted Prokoviev’s “The Love for Three Orange” in Belgrade (“ ... conducted by the superb maestro David Porcelijn ... “ reviewed by Zorica Kojić).  He made his British operatic debut conducting Verdi’s Oberto for Opera North.

David Porcelijn is an accomplished recording artist. He currently makes most of his CDs for cpo which include the symphonies of Christian Sinding with the NDR Radiophilharmonie and he has now begun several major recording cycles for the label of complete works by Dutch composers by, amongst others, Jan van Gilse, Julius Röntgen, Henk Badings and Hendrik Andriessen as well as music by the Serbian composer Isadora Zebeljan and the Slovak composer Łudovit Rajter.  In previous years many of his recordings were made for ABC Classics in Australia which included a complete cycle of Beethoven Symphonies, Messiaen’s Éclairs sur l’Au-délà and music by the Australian composers Richard Meale, Peter Sculthorpe, Nigel Westlake and Mathew Hindson alongside music by Kurt Schwertsik, Schubert Lieder orchestrated by Brahms, Reger, Offenbach and Liszt.  For EMERGO he has recorded music by the Dutch composers Hans Kox with the Tasmanian SO and Tristan Keuris with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and for Danacord the complete piano and orchestra music by Chopin and Mendelssohn over six CDs.

June 2014

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Debussy, Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune
Ravel, Daphnis & Chloe, Suite No.2

Discography

COMPOSER Work Label / CD
Hendrik ANDRIESSEN Miroir de Peine; Magna res est amor;
Fiat Domine;
Variations and Fugue on a theme by Kuhnau;
Variations on a theme by Couperin;
Chromatic Variations Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra ; Roberta Alexander
NM Cl. 92023
EDISON AWARD
Jeff HAMBURG Zey; Schuylkill; Symphomy in Es; Concertino DONEMUS CV 67
NPO
Harp Concertos
Ginastera; Jolivet; Glire
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; Alice Giles
ABC CLASSICS
454 506-2
Matthew HINDSON Speed + Speed Re-orchestral Mix
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
ABC CLASSICS
465 432-2
Italian composers
Berio; Maderna; Francesconi; Donatoni
ASKO
ATTACCA Live 2
Willem JETHS Fas/Nefas + Glenz
NPO; Tomoko Mukaiyama; Peter Brunt
DONEMUS CV 88/89
Tristan KEURIS Violin Concerto No. 2; Symphony in D Netherlands
Radio Chamber Orchestra
Yayoi Toda
EMERGO EC 3940-2
Tristan KEURIS Laudi; Arcade
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Jard van Nes, David Pittman-Jennings,
John-Edward Kelly, Netherlands Radio Choir
EMERGO EC 3933-2
Hans KOX Oratorium Sjoah
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Netherlands Radio Choir + Soloists
TBI-1-93
Hans KOX Four Orchestral Suites:
Opera Suite from the Opera das grune Gesicht;
Dorian Gray Suite; Ballet Suite Spleen;
Six one-act plays for twenty-nine musicians
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
EMERGO EC 3924-2
Theo LOEVENDIE Naima Suite
Netherlands Ballet Orchestra
DONEMUS CV24
Richard MEALE Scenes from "Mer de Glace"; Viridian;
Symphony no 1
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
ABC CLASSICS
446 477-2
MESSIAEN Ÿclairs sur l'Au-Del-...
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
ABC 442 510-2
ABC CLASSICS
8.770011
SAINT-SAèNS Piano Concertos 2 & 4; Caprice Valse op.76
Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
Wibi Soerjadi
PHILIPS 446 496-2
SCHUBERT Lieder Orchestrations
Auckland Symphony Orchestra; Michael Lewis
ABC CLASSICS
456 362-2
Peter SCULTHORPE Sun Music I-IV; Memento Mori; Sun Song;
From Uluru
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
ABC
UNDER CAPRICORN
454 505-2
ARIA AWARD
Peter SCULTHORPE The Fifth Continent; Port Arthur in Memmoriam; Djilile; Lament; Little Song; Night-Song
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
ABC
UNDER CAPRICORN
456 363-2
Noam SHERIFF Mechaye Hametim
Israel philharmonic Orchestra
Joseph Malovani, Lieuwe Visser, Dutch Men's Choir
CDI 29003
Noam SHERIFF Revival of the Dead; Genesis
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,
Porcelijn/Metha
SIGNUM SIG x110-00
Larry SITSKY Concerto for Piano & Orchestra
ASO, Roger Woodward
ABC CLASSICS
456 688-2
Klas TORSTENSSON Licks & Brains
ASKO, Netherlands Saxophone Quartet
DONEMUS CVCD 13
Theo VERBEY Duet; Inversie; Contractie; Expulsie;
Hommage Berg Sonata op. 1
ASKO, Porcelijn/Chailly
DONEMUS CV 31
Nigel WESTLAKE Invocations; Antarctica; Out of the blue... Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Nigel Westlake, Timothy Kain
ABC CLASSICS
462 017-2
XENAKIS Waarg; Eonta; Palimpsest; Enchange
ASKO, Sparnaay, Takahashi
ATTACCA
Kurt SCHWERTSIK Irdische Klänge; Five Nature Pieces;
Mit den riesen Stiefeln; Baumgesänge; Uluru Adelaide
Symphony Orchestra
EC 3913-2
Opera
THEO LOEVENDIE Gassir, the Hero
ASKO Ensemble McFadden,Poulton,Smeets,Gillett,
Wilson,Visser
DONEMUS CV 35
WILLEM PIJPER Merlijn
Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Singers: Smid,Smeding,van der Putten,Sischoff,Fritschy,Hund,Smits,Bröcheler,
Micu,Sturkeboom, Jorgensen, Peterson,Alders,
Boswinkel Netherlands Radio Choir
NM CLASSICS 92055

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