Renowned for her beautifully clear and succinct technique, and with a formidable repertoire knowledge and understanding across all genres, Swedish-born Sofi Jeannin has established herself as one of the finest, and most respected, choral specialists around today. She is currently Music Director of the Choeur de Radio France and la Maîtrise de Radio France, and is also Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Singers, a role she will take up in July 2018, succeeding David Hill. Jeannin first appeared with the Singers in January 2017, conducting a programme for Epiphany, and made her BBC Proms debut with the group, in August 2017, conducting a Patchwork Passion: a programme that tells the familiar Passion story through music by Schütz, Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and Stainer, right up to contemporary settings by Sofia Gubaidulina and Sir James MacMillan.
Through her work with the French Radio Chorus – the largest professional symphonic chorus in Europe, and where she was appointed as Music Director in 2015 – Jeannin has become the collaborative conductor of choice for a number of prominent figures including Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach, and Valery Gergiev. With the chorus, Jeannin has also collaborated with orchestras such l’Orchestre National de France, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and in 2018, Jeannin will record Poulenc Figure Humaine, as well as premiering a new commission by French composer Philippe Hersant with the group.
In 2008, Jeannin was appointed Music Director of la Maîtrise de Radio France – the choir famously favoured by Messiaen and Dutilleux – where she has the musical and pedagogical responsibility of 180 choristers. During her time with la Maîtrise, Jeannin has commissioned many new works, and has given regular broadcasts on France Musique. She has also collaborated with an impressive list of composers and conductors including Esa Pekka Salonen, Peter Eötvös, John Adams, Thierry Escaich, Kaija Saariaho, Kurt Masur, Daniele Gatti, Myung Whun Chung, Mikko Franck, Gianandrea Noseda, Andris Nelsons, Semyon Bychkov, Bertrand de Billy, Susanna Mälki and Stéphane Denève.
Elsewhere, Jeannin has appeared with the Stockholm Concert Orchestra, the Chorus and Philharmonic Orchestra of Arad, Romania, L’Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche Comté and the St Jacob’s Chamber Choir in Stockholm. A regular guest at the St Denis Festival, and the Festival of Montpellier, she has conducted a diverse range of works including the Hymns of Hildegard Von Bingen, Fauré Requiem, Mozart Vespers and Sinfonia Concertante, Messiaen Trois Petites Liturgies à la Présence Divine, and Orff Carmina Burana, and collaborates regularly with soloists such as violinist Renaud Capuçon and trumpeter Imbrahim Maalouf. Future engagements include a concert of contemporary Scandinavian music with the Swedish Radio Chorus in September 2018.
Jeannin studied conducting and singing at the Stockholm Royal College of Music, the Nice Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, London. She conducted her first BBC Radio 3 broadcast, the British premiere of Consolation I by Helmut Lachenmann, in 2006, and prepared the Royal College of Music Chorus for conductors including Bernard Haitink, Peter Schreier and David Willcocks.
Committed to education and outreach work, Jeannin has worked with the chorus and orchestra of Kinshasa, Congo, and has also been involved in El Sistema, Greece since early 2017. She regularly gives workshops and masterclasses around the world.
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