“…he showed utter self-assurance, using clear and wide-ranging gestures, particularly in a breathtakingly dynamic reading of the Schumann [Symphony No. 4]… The only thing listeners seemed to want to talk about afterward was Mr. Remmereit. ‘Sensational’ was the word heard most frequently.”
The New York Times on Arild Remmereit’s Pittsburgh Symphony debut.
Over a five-month period in 2005, Norwegian conductor Arild Remmereit made five dramatic debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala, Munich Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony, quickly establishing himself as a major talent on the international scene. The New York Times wrote of his Pittsburgh debut, “He came, he conducted, he conquered…” The Wiener Zeitung called Remmereit’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 with the Vienna Symphony the “sensation of the evening. [The orchestra] played with unequaled precision…”
Mr. Remmereit was immediately re-engaged in Pittsburgh, Vienna, Milan and Baltimore and since then has also returned to a number of other prominent orchestras as well, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) in Ottawa, England’s Halle Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic, among many others.
Mr. Remmereit has also appeared with the Houston Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, to name several. In 2005 he made his debut at the storied Teatro alla Scala, conducting Tchaikovsky’s opera Cherevicki and, more recently, led Florence’s Orchestra del Maggio Musicale in a performance of three Beethoven symphonies. In Asia–in addition to appearances with the Seoul Philharmonic– Mr. Remmereit has conducted the Tokyo Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic and the KBS Symphony, also in Seoul.
The 2012-13 season includes return engagements with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and NACO, which he conducts in subscription and on tour in northern Canada, and makes debuts with the Naples Philharmonic and Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. Upcoming engagements include the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony, where he will appear for the third time.
Appointed Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2010, Mr. Remmereit has re-invigorated the orchestra’s programming, secured it a Carnegie Hall appearance in 2014—its first in nearly three decades–and, through his dynamic presence and creative initiatives, ignited deep enthusiasm throughout the surrounding community and among many RPO musicians . Tapping on Rochester’s historic role in the women’s suffrage—and women’s rights–movement, he built his first seasons around works of female composers ranging from nineteenth and twentieth century figures– Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Clara Schumann and Amy Beach–to living composers such as Gabriela Lena Frank, Sofia Gubaidulina and Margaret Brouwer. He also started a cycle of Beethoven and Mahler symphonies, created a springtime Mozart festival, gave four world premieres and set in motion exciting collaborations with the Eastman School of Music. Due to a combination of various factors, however, Mr. Remmereit and the RPO mutually decided to part ways in late-November 2012.
Born in Norway, Remmereit began piano lessons at the age of six, studied trumpet and performed as a boy soprano. In 1986 he graduated from the Norwegian Conservatory of Music, earning master degrees in voice, piano (jazz and classical), and composition. It was at a conducting seminar in 1985 at the Aspen Music Festival that he was inspired to change his focus. From 1987 to 1992 he studied conducting in Vienna under the direction of Prof. Karl Österreicher at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, where he also participated in a master class with Zubin Mehta. Remmereit studied with Leonard Bernstein at the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and assisted him in several recordings in Vienna between 1987 and 1990.