Detroit Symphony Names New Principal Guest Conductor

By Francisco Salazar

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has appointed Norwegian conductor Tabita Berglund as the new Principal Guest Conductor.

She will begin in her new position in the 2024–2025 season with an initial 4-year contract.

Berglund currently serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway and developed an immediate connection with the DSO in January 2023 when she made her US debut at Orchestra Hall, conducting a program of Sibelius, Prokofiev, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

In her new position, she will extend her artistic collaboration with the orchestra over multiple weeks each season. Next season she will conduct two programs on the PVS Classical Series.

In a statement, the conductor said, “What struck me the first time I worked with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is that this is an orchestra which knows that music matters. Their ambition to shape the future of their community through artistic excellence very much coincides with my belief that music has the power to change lives. I am proud to join the artistic team of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and look forward to our adventures ahead.”