Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann is quickly gaining a reputation as an inspiring and profound musician and is considered “one of the most talented Scandinavian conductors.” He is praised as a dynamic and versatile conductor with an extensive classical, romantic, operatic, and contemporary repertoire. To date, he has conducted many European orchestras, such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian National Opera, Augsburger Philharmoniker, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Kuopio Symphony, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, as well as the symphony orchestras of Bergen, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Trondheim, Karlskrona, and Odense.
In addition to symphonic masterworks, he masters a large choral repertoire including requiems by Mozart, Brahms, and Verdi. Performances of works by Sibelius, Svendsen, Nielsen, Halvorsen, and Grieg have also earned him acclaim.
Rune Bergmann studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Leif Segerstam, where he graduated with the highest honors. Prior to the Sibelius Academy, he studied choir and orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with professors Anders Eby, Jin Wang, and Jorma Panula.
He is a proud recipient of the Kjell Holm Foundation Culture Prize 2010, and the SMP Press 2009 culture award. He was awarded the second prize of the Nordic Conducting Competition in Helsingborg in 2002.
As a guest professor in conducting, Rune Bergmann has been engaged at several Universities, and has until recently had the position as First Kapellmeister with the Augsburger Philharmoniker and Theater Augsburg in Germany. Currently, Rune Bergmann holds the position as principal guest conductor of the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Fjord Cadenza Festival.