Magnus Loddgard’s career as a concert pianist is no less interesting, where he has placed particular emphasis on contemporary music. He has performed as soloist with the Trondheim and Kristians and Symphony Orchestras and has premiered a considerable series of works. His recording with The Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra (KORK) of the piano concerto “Sunburst” by Jon Øyvind Ness was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy Award (Spellemansprisen).
He is the principal conductor for the Oslo-based new music ensemble neoN (which won a Norwegian Grammy Award for their first two albums). He recently did his first concert with Ensemble Mosaik in Berlin, which promptly led to more assignments with them. In 2002 Magnus Loddgard founded the Fjøsfestival, a successful music and literature festival in Melhus, Norway, which he led until 2014. Loddgard is since 2013 based in Berlin.
Ensemble neoN, an impressive group from Norway making its American debut.Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
The orchestra also provided some beautiful playing under the direction of Magnus Loddgard.Aksel Tollåli – Bachtrack.com
Conductor Magnus Loddgard is a steady hand with the musiciansHild Borchgrevink, Dagsavisen
The first thing to say is that the orchestra under Magnus Loddgard was magnificent throughout.The Saigon Times
“As with the staging, the singing proved very strong indeed, without a single weak link in the cast(…). The orchestra also provided some beautiful playing under the direction of Magnus Loddgard.”
Aksel Tollåli, 17 January 2013 – Bachtrack.com – Britten: The Rape of Lucretia, The Norwegian State Opera
“Conductor Magnus Loddgard is a steady hand with the musicians. At its best Britten’s long and all-encompassing music leaves the ground and flies, and this happens several times during the evening. In this production, the taut ensemble takes exceptionally good care of a densely constructed musical drama.”
Hild Borchgrevink, Dagsavisen, January 12th 2013 – Britten: The Rape of Lucretia, The Norwegian State Opera
“At the premier on Monday the performers did a solid job, including the instrumental ensemble under the direction of Magnus Loddgard. Many strong moments arose in the meeting between the character sketches and music, coming from several different time periods.”
Astrid Kvalbein, Aftenposten September 19th 2014 – Habbestad: Nenia, Oslo Opera Festival
“The first thing to say is that the orchestra under Magnus Loddgard was magnificent throughout. From the first somber chords to the final celebratory forte, with many moods in between, the 43 players (an ideal number for this opera) couldn’t have been bettered, and the pleasure they gave was intense.”
November 11, 2014 – Bradley Winterton, The Saigon Times – Mozart: Magic Flute, Saigon Opera House
See also Bradley Wintertons review of ‘Magic Flute’ in ‘Opera Magazine’ – March 2015
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