Dresden Philharmonic Names New Principal Guest Conductor

By David Salazar

The Dresden Philharmonic has announced that Tabita Berglund will be its Principal Guest Conductor starting in 2025-26.

She first performed with the ensemble in November 2023 and is set to return in January and February 2025. Her first performances in her new role will take place on August 2025 when she leads the season-opening concert of the 2025-26 season.

“My first encounter with the Dresden Philharmonic in November 2023 was incredibly inspiring,” said Berglund in an official press release. “I experienced the highest quality, openness to intensive collaboration and an atmosphere at the concerts that I have rarely experienced in any other hall. The audience is not only physically close to the orchestra and vice versa, but you feel a real connection that is hugely motivating artistically. For me, the future of classical music lies in reaching younger audiences with our music, while at the same time creating a real human connection. I’m convinced that I can contribute to this in Dresden and I’m very much looking forward to working together.”

Berglund has performed with such orchestras as Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berner Symphonieorchester, Orchestre National de Lyon, Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Dresdner Philharmonie, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Musikkollegium Winterthur, and Grafenegg Festival. In 2024-25, she will perform with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Orchestre de Lyon, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, as well as debuts with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, and Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra.