MINNEAPOLIS— Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård was hired Thursday as the Minnesota Orchestra’s music director and given a five-year contract that begins with the 2023-24 season.
Søndergård, 52, will take on the title of Designated Music Director during the 2022-23 season. He will succeed Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, the orchestra’s music director from 2003-04 until last season.
Søndergård is also Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a role he has held since 2018-19 after serving as Principal Conductor from 2012.
In Minneapolis, he will lead an orchestra whose former musical directors include Eugene Ormandy, Dmitri Mitropoulos, Antal Dorati, Neville Marriner and Edo de Waart.
Søndergård was principal conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra from 2009 to 2012 and of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from 2012 to 2018. He first conducted the Minnesota Orchestra last December and returned in April.