Danish conductor Magnus Larsson (b. 1992) has quickly established himself as one of the new, young Scandinavian conductors.
Already during his studies, Larsson made his mark on the Nordic stages and conducted several concerts and performances with the leading Scandinavian orchestras and is now a sought-after opera conductor as well as a symphonic conductor.
In the season 2022-23, Larsson will make his debut at the Gotheburg Opera, at the Rued Langgaard Festival in Ribe in Per Nørgård’s opera Gilgamesh, at the Njord Festival in Copenhagen in Per Nørgårds opera Nuit des Hommes, in a new production of Verdi’s opera Macbeth at the Svendborg Opera and at Teater Sort-Hvid in a new production of Rasmus Zwicki deconstruction of Monteverdi ORFEO.
He recently made his debut at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen in Carl Nielsen’s opera Masquerade and was immediately re-engaged as assistant conductor on their production of Shostakovich’s opera The Nose.
At the Royal Danish Opera he has also been engaged in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte, as well as Dominick Argento’s opera Postcard from Morocco. He has also assisted in the NorrlandOperan’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata and at the Malmö Opera.
As a symphonic conductor this season he will make his debut with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Slesvigske Musikkorps and will return to Copenhagen Phil for several productions and concerts, twice to Odense Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and more.
He has conducted several of the Danish and Swedish orchestras, including The Royal Danish Life Guards, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and elsewhere.
In addition, he also conducted the P2 Prize Concert with Odense Symphony Orchestra and first-performed works by the Danish composer Bent Sørensen.
He has been awarded several prizes, Carl Nielsen Talent Prize (2022) as well as the prestigious talent prize Léonie Sonnings Talent Prize (2020) and was in the same year awarded the career scholarship The Young Artistic Elite by The Danish Arts Foundation, as well as the Arne Hammelboes Travel Grant (2021) among other. He is a first prize in the international Opera Conductor Competition in Prague “EMA”.
Magnus Larsson is a regular guest at the Danish regional orchestras and has also conducted several of the Swedish orchestras. In recent seasons, Magnus Larsson has been conducting concerts and performances with several of the Danish and Swedish orchestras, including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Danish Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Phil, Esbjerg Ensemblet, Randers chamber orchestra, Slesvigske Musikkorps, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, NorrlandsOperaens Symphony Orchestra, Dalasinfoniettan, FolkOperans Orchestra, The Band of Royal Danish Life Guards, The Royal Swedish Army Band, The Band of Royal Swedish Life Guards, Prinsens Musikkorps, KammerensembleN, Norrbotten NEO and North Czech Philharmonia Orchestra.
Magnus Larsson he played both violin and piano as a child, and began his studies in orchestral conducting at the age of just 21. He is educated at the conservatories in Copenhagen and Stockholm under Giordano Bellincampi and Michael Schønwandt among others.
He has also received masterclasses from Alexander Vedernikov and Fabio Luisi and more.
In addition to his work as a conductor, Magnus Larsson is also an organist and composer and holds the position as 2nd organist at Holmen’s Church in Copenhagen.
“The musical study of the choir and ensemble scenes must have been diligent, everything sits exactly, and there is surplus to fold out with crooked smiles and rollicking charm”
-Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld, gregersDH.dk
“… the orchestra under the baton of Magnus Larsson, studied to the smallest detail!”
-Søren Schauser, Berlingske
“Larsson focused on the horizontal thinking with densities and thinnesses in the structure. But there were also underlying actions and events in this exciting music … As the most confident I experienced him in Richard Strauss’ ‘Don Juan’, which was a sober, dense and energetic performance that was very coherent. “
-Michael Bruze, Norrköpings Tidningar
“There, the excellent orchestra under the baton of Magnus Larsson’s safe conducting, show what they can do”
-Kjell A Johansson, Kristiansandbladet
“Another support and lighthouse you find in the orchestra. The young musicians follow the conductor Magnus Larsson’s smallest hint. It is secure, tempo safe and rich in nuances.”
-Henrik Bergkvist, Skånska Dagbladet