Meet a teacher – Petter Sundkvist, Professor of Orchestral Conducting

Students of Orchestra Academy meet Professor Petter Sundkvist – a modern conductor with a broad repertoire. During his career he has conducted more than 100 premiere performances of contemporary music and 30 opera productions.

Hello there, who are you?

– I am a conductor and has worked professionally since 1989 as such. I have worked with everything from opera to chamber opera, symphony orchestra to chamber orchestra, baroque to contemporary music. From and to, I have worked at the School of Music in Piteå since 2000 and as professor since 2003.

What are you like as a teacher?

– I grew up in a teacher's family and an inclusive educational ideals permeated the home. I believe in putting the knowledge into a larger context. I believe in to meet each student on their own merits, which means that I adapt instruction individually, sometimes demanding but for the most inspiring.

Why is it so fun to teach?

– Teaching is not a one-way communication. I feel that I learn a tremendous amount myself in the meeting with students who are mostly much younger but sometimes peers and older. I have received so much through all of the amazing teachers I myself had to study for. To now get to share this and the experience I have gained is something very nicely.

What do you want the students to get from your courses?

– The syllabuses clearly express what objectives we should reach. Because musical skills can not be measured in the same way as, for example, math skills, will also be targets certain extent personalized. In general, I can say that I especially wish what you take with you after completed courses is a hunger to self continue to plunge into the ocean of earth-shattering experiences and opportunities that art music is, whether it occurs as performers or listeners.

Is there something specific in your career that you are particularly proud of?

– I want to highlight two things that warms a little extra. Partly series of CD recordings of Joseph Martin Kraus and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. A work that went on for years and where we got help to highlight a composer from history's oblivion. I also want to highlight the formation of Norrbotten NEO in 2007 where Sweden for the first time got a full-time ensemble for contemporary art music.

Petter Sundkvists web site


Published: 16 January 2015

Updated: 25 February 2015


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