Eivind Aadland is one of Norway’s most respected conductors. He was Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra for seven seasons from 2004, during which time he conducted the complete Beethoven and Mahler symphony cycles.
Eivind Aadland's extensive work with Scandinavian orchestras includes regular guest engagements with the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonics, the Gothenburg Symphony and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. In addition Aadland has conducted critically acclaimed productions of Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte and Die Fledermaus for Den Norske Opera, Oslo.
Aadland has also worked extensively in the Far East and Australia. In 2010 he led the Trondheim Symphony on a seven-concert tour to China and made his debut with the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul. In 2011 he launched his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane.
Eivind Aadland is a frequent visitor to the Oslo Philharmonic and WDR Symphony Orchestra Köln. He has also worked with Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne and Scottish Chamber Orchestras and the symphony orchestras of Melbourne, Tasmania, Iceland, Finnish Radio, Bamberg and SWR Stuttgart. Engagements in recent seasons have included debut performances with the Rotterdam and Seoul Philharmonics, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Further engagements in recent seasons include the Trondheim and Iceland Symphony Orchestras, and a return to the Bergen Philharmonic to conduct a new visualisation by artist Alexander Polzin of Grieg’s Peer Gynt with further performances by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Current highlights include concerts with the Oslo Philharmonic, WDR Köln, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique and the Staatskapelle Weimar.
Aadland’s prolific discography spans a broad repertoire range and underlines his status as a tireless champion of Norwegian music. In November 2015 the Audite label issued the final instalment of a five-volume set of Grieg’s complete symphonic works with the WDR Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded the symphonic works of Eivind Groven; and the complete music for violin and orchestra of Arne Nordheim for BIS Records. Aadland’s catalogue includes a recording with the Bergen Philharmonic of Irgens-Jensen's works and the music of Ole Bull with the Trondheim Symphony on the Simax label; and two CDs devoted to the orchestral music of Irgens-Jensen and Schjelderup for CPO Records. He has also recorded for Hyperion, ASV, IMP Classics and Koch. Aadland recently recorded an album for EMI Classics with the trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, complete with transcriptions and arrangements of songs by, among others, Grieg, Strauss, Dvořák, Sibelius, Korngold, Mahler and Weill.
In addition to his career as a conductor, Eivind Aadland is a devoted collector of, and authority on, contemporary art. His private collection encompasses works in the diverse media of painting, photography, video and installation.