Olof Boman, studied orchestral and choral conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Although he currently resides in Berlin, he often conducts not only in his native Scandinavia, but also worldwide.
His interest in 18th century music led him to study historical and harpsichord performance. He subsequently worked with various prestigious Baroque orchestras, including the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, as well as the Barokksolistene with Bjarte Eike.
Boman‘s musical appreciation extends beyond the Baroque era. He has a passion for Scandinavian, particularly Swedish music, from a range of different periods. His repertoire includes Joseph Martin Kraus along with the contemporaries Sven-David Sandström, Ingvar Lidholm, and Thomas Jennefelt. His programmes‘ unique pairing of ancient and modern music, a decisive step away from programme conventionality, can be considered one of his trademarks.
Olof Boman has acted as guest conductor to, among others, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Bremer Philharmoniker, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, and has worked in cooperation with the Trondheimsolistene. Likewise he has led a diverse range of European Choirs, such as the Swedish Radio Choir, the Eric Ericsson Chamber Choir, the RIAS Kammerchor, the Vocalconsort Berlin, and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.
Boman‘s extensive knowledge of and interest in vocal music make him a well-received opera conductor. He has led many performances in various countries, from Semele Walk, with the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskopand the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood in Australia and South Korea, to Monteverdi‘s Opera L‘Orfeo with the pop singer Peaches in the lead role at the HAU 1 Theatre in Berlin. A critic of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote of the latter performance, that it was by far, the best, most truthful, heart-rending performance of the season in Berlin.
In November 2014 Boman jumped in and replaced the conductor Thomas Hengelbrock in the B-minor mass by Bach performed in Freiburg, Basel and Cologne with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble. The 2014/2015 season will also include, in addition to countless concerts, Boman‘s conducting of Händel‘s Oreste at the Bremen Theatre, where last year he conducted Vivaldi‘s Orlando furioso to much popular and critical acclaim.
After the sensation that was his stimulating performance of Joseph Martin Kraus‘ Proserpin at the Potsdam Sanssouci 2013 Music Festival, he will return to the Brandenburg state capital with Alessandro Scarlatti’s Il giardino d’amore.
This season will also see new collaborations, for example with the Chor des Bayrischen Rundfunks and the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor and Ensemble.
Olof Boman is, in conjunction with Isa Katharina Gericke, the artistic director of the Glogerfestspillene, a yearly music festival based in Kongsberg, Norway. The long-standing success of this creative duo has led to their placement as artistic directors of Scandinavian programmes at different festivals in Europe.
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