Stefan Parkman Conductor General Management

Stefan Parkman has made an excellent name for himself especially as a choral conductor. He held the positions of Chief Conductor  of the WDR Radio Choir Cologne from 2014-2020, Danish National Radio Choir and Swedish Radio Choir, led the Royal Philharmonic Choir Stockholm and the Uppsala Cathedral Boy's Choir and has been Artistic Director of the Uppsala Academy Chamber Choir since 1983.

The collaboration with choirs such as RIAS Chamber Choir, Rundfunkchor Berlin, MDR Radio Choir Leipzig, NDR Vocal Ensemble Hamburg,  SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart, Bavarian Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Choir, Choeur de Radio France as well as various North American choirs consolidated his reputation as a specialist in vocal music. Stefan Parkman also led the Hungarian Radio Choir, Polish Chamber Choir and many other vocal ensembles.

In addition, he has conducted almost all the major Swedish ensembles and symphony orchestras, led the Stavanger Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Odense Symphony, Aarhus Symphony, Aalborg Symphony, South Denmark Philharmonic, Queensland Symphony, and various productions at the Royal Swedish Opera.

Highlights of his career mark numerous first performances of Scandinavian A cappella pieces at major venues and festivals. Stefan Parkman had a special artistic relationship with the composer Sven-David Sandström (+2019) who has impressed the contemporary Swedish music scene and whose works Parkman is championing on international stages. In 2023/24 he conducts the Croatian Radio Choir as well as the Dresdner Kammerchor in four programmes and on tour alongside his commitment as visiting professor at Dresden University of music.

His album Nordic Choral Music with compositions by Nystedt, Nordgard, Sven-David Sandström, Rautavaara among others with the WDR Radio Choir and the Youth Concert Choir of the Dortmund Choral Academy was released by hänssler Classic in 2021. With the Academy Chamber Choir Uppsala and soloists of the WDR Radio Choir, Stefan Parkman has recorded Sacred Treasures with music by Schütz, Tunder, Buxtehude, Vesi and Quagliati from the famous Düben collection for the Swedish label Footsprints in 2020.

His extensive discography includes furthermore recordings for Chandos, Dacapo Records and Coviello Classics with the Rundfunkchor Berlin featuring Rodion Shchedrin’s The Sealed Angel and the Echo Klassik award-winning recording of Ernst Pepping’s Matthew Passion to name but a few.

The Swedish conductor held the Eric Ericson professorship in choral conducting at the Uppsala University from 2010 to 2021 and is Director Cantorum since 2010. He is also vice president of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and frequently teaches at masterclasses, seminars and workshops in Sweden and abroad. In 1997 Stefan Parkman was made Knight of the Dannebrog Order by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. For his excellent engagement as choral conductor he received the The Litteris et Artibus Medal from the hands of H. M. The King Carl XVI Gustaf in 2012.

Season 2023/24

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Stefan Parkman dirigiert Dresdner Kammerchor

Am 27. Februar 2024 dirigiert Stefan Parkman den Dresdner Kammerchor mit Werken von Eriks Esenvalds, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi und Einojuhani Rautavaara in Dresden.

 

Stefan Parkman conducts Dresdner Kammerchor

On 27 February 2024 Stefan Parkman conducts the Dresdner Kammerchor in Dresden with a programme of Eriks Esenvalds, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi and Einojuhani Rautavaara.

 

Stefan Parkman dirigiert Croatian Radio Choir

Stefan Parkman dirigiert den Croatian Radio Choir mit dem A cappella Programm Polar Lights am 6. Februar 2024 in Zagreb. Zu hören sind Werke von Stenhammar, Mäntijärvi, Nystedt, Lange-Müller, Johanson, Rautavaara, Bergerheim, Edlung, Alfven, Sven-David Sandström, Jan Sandström und Nils Lindberg.

Stefan Parkman conducts Croatian Radio Choir

Stefan Parkman conducts the Croatian Radio Choir with Polar Lights in Zagreb on 6 February 2024. The A cappella programme features music by Stenhammar, Mäntijärvi, Nystedt, Lange-Müller, Johanson, Rautavaara, Bergerheim, Edlung, Alfven, Sven-David Sandström, Jan Sandström and Nils Lindberg.

Stefan Parkman dirigiert Dresdner Kammerchor in Dresden

Am 28. Dezember 2023 leitet Stefan Parkman den Dresdner Kammerchor & Instrumentalensemble und Solisten in einem Programm u.a. mit Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie.

Stefan Parkman conducts Dresdner Kammerchor in Dresden

Stefan Parkman is at rostrum of Dresdner Kammerchor, instrumentalists and soloists on 28 December 2023 to conduct a programme featuring Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie among others.

Stefan Parkman dirigiert Dresdner Kammerchor

Am 5. Dezember 2023 leitet Stefan Parkman den Dresdner Kammerchor in Dresden mit Werken von Michael Praetorius, Max Reger, Eric Whitacre, Eriks Esenvalds u.a.

Stefan Parkman conducts Dresdner Kammerchor

Stefan Parkman conducts the Dresdner Kammerchor in Dresden on 5 December 2023 in an A cappella concert with music by Michael Praetorius, Max Reger, Eric Whitacre and Eriks Esenvalds.

Stefan Parkman dirigiert Dresdner Kammerchor in Maastricht

Stefan Parkman dirigiert den Dresdner Kammerchor am 17. September 2023 in Maastricht beim Musica Sacra Maastricht Festival mit Werken von Heinrich Schütz, Giovanni Gabrieli u.a.

Stefan Parkman conducts Dresdner Kammerchor in Maastricht

Stefan Parkman conducts the Dresdner Kammerchor at Musica Sacra Maastricht Festival in Maastricht on 17 September 2023 featuring music by Heinrich Schütz, Giovanni Gabrieli among others.

Stefan Parkman dirigiert Sven-David Sandström Uraufführung in Berlin

Am 7. Mai 2023 dirigierte Stefan Parkman die Uraufführung von Sven-David Sandström: Te Deum sowie Verdi: Quattro

Pezzi Sacri und Ralph Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem mit dem Philharmonischen Chor Berlin, Akademischer Kammerchor Uppsala und Staatsorchester Frankfurt (Oder) in Berlin Philharmonie, am 27.05. in Norrköping, 28.05. in Uppsala mit dem Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.

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Stefan Parkman conducts Sven-David Sandström world premiere in Berlin

On 7 May 2023 Stefan Parkman conducted the world premiere of Sven-David Sandström: Te Deum as well as

Verdi: Quattro Pezzi Sacri and Ralph Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem with the Philharmonischer Chor Berlin, Uppsala Academic Chamber Choir, Staatsorchester Frankfurt (Oder) and soloists in Berlin Philharmonie, on 27.05. in Norrköping, 28.05. in Uppsala with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.

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Stefan Parkman conducts Aalborg Symphony & choirs

Stefan Parkman conducts Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Ungdomskor, Det Ny Kammerkor and soloists with J.S. Bach: St John Passion in Aalborg on 5 April 2023.

Stefan Parkman beim Aalborg Symphony & Chöre

Stefan Parkman dirigiert das Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Ungdomskor, Det Ny Kammerkor und Solisten in J.S: Bachs Johannespassion am 5. April 2023 in Aalborg.

Stefan Parkman dirigiert Sonderjyllands Symfoniorkester

Stefan Parkman dirigiert das Mozart Requiem in drei Konzerten am 22., 23. und 24. März in Sonderborg, Aabenraa und Schleswig mit dem Sonderjyllands Symfoniorkester, diversen Chören der Region und Solisten.

Stefan Parkman conducts Sonderjyllands Symfoniorkester

Stefan Parkman conducts Mozart's Requiem in Sonderborg, Aabenraa and Schleswig in three concerts on 22, 23 and 24 March with Sonderjyllands Symfoniorkester, various local choirs and soloists.

Stefan Parkman conducts Aalborg Symfoniorkester & choirs

Stefan Parkman conducts J.S. Bach's St. John's Passion with the Aalborg Symfonieorkester, Coro Misto, The New Chamber Choir Aalborg and soloists in Aalborg on 31 March.

Stefan Parkman dirigiert Aalborg Symfoniorkester & Chöre

Stefan Parkman leitet J.S. Bachs Johannespassion mit dem Aalborg Symfoniorkester zusammen mit dem Coro Misto, Neuer Kammerchor Aalborg und Solisten in Aalborg am 31. März.

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Discography

Nordic Choral Music

Gjeilo, J Sandström, Jansson, Jersild, N Lindberg, Nystedt, Norgard, Rautavaara
WDR Rundfunkchor
Jugendkonzertchor Chorakademie Dortmund
hänssler Classic (2021)

Sacred Treasures: Music from the Düben Collection Schütz, Tunder, Buxtehude, Vesi, Quagliati
Academic Chamber Choir of Uppsala
WDR Rundfunkchor soloists
Uppsala Consort
Footprint Records (2020)
Winter Sounds Debussy, Poulenc, Mendelssohn
International Christmas Songs
Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala
Karin Dahlberg (soprano)
Andrew Canning (organ)
Footprint Records (2016)
3 Psalms

Felix Mendelssohn, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Academic Chamber Choir of Uppsala
Footprint Records (2012)

Ernst Pepping: The Passion according to Saint Matthew

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Coviello Classics (2008)

Echo Klassik

Rodion Schtschedrin: The Sealed Angel

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Coviello Classics (2005)

Sofia Gubaidulina: The Canticle of the Sun; Hommage à Marina Tsvetayeva

Danish National Symphony Choir
Chandos (2003)

Per Nørgård: Frostsalme

Danish National Symphony Choir

Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen

Chandos (2002)

Hugo Alfvén: Cantatas

Royal Philharmonic Choir of Stockholm

Gävle Symphony Orchestra

Sterling (2000)

Zoltán Kodály: Missa brevis; Mátra pictures; Jesus & the traders; Evening

Danish National Symphony Choir
Chandos (1999)

Swedish a cappella, Vol.3 (Laudi)

Lidholm, Nilsson, Edlund, Carlsstedt, Sandström, Olsson, Rosenberg, traditionals
Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala
Chandos (1999)

Paul Hindemith: Six Chansons / Zwölf Madrigale / Five Songs / Kanons a cappella

Rundfunkchor Berlin
Wergo (1998)

Swedish a cappella, Vol. 2 (Paradiso)

Werle, Lidholm, Hakanson, Edlund
Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala
Hakan Hagegard (baritone)
Chandos (1998)

Swedish a cappella, Vol. 1

Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Chandos (1997)