Cellist Torleif Thedéen has spent the last 25 years playing on all continents, performing with important orchestras like London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham SO, BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Chech Philharmonic, Oslo-Stockholm-Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and many others.
Thedéen has regularly worked with conductors like Salonen, Järvi, Venzago, Saraste, Litton, Oramo, Vänskä, Elder, V.Neuman, Segerstam, Berglund, Welser-Möst, DePreist, Rozhdestvensky, J.V Steen and others alike.
Being a passionate chamber musician, Thedéen often performs in important venues like the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Schauspielhaus in Berlin a.o., and he takes part in festivals like the Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Utrecht, Prag Spring, Dubrovnik, Helsinki Festival, Kuhmo, Bath, Bordeaux, Bergen , and the Verbier Festival.
Torleif Thedéen has also (since 1986) been very active in the recording studio, recording for labels like BIS, CPO, DECCA, EMI and Deutsche Grammophon. He has recorded the complete Schnittke works for cello, Britten’s three Solo Suites as well as Concertos by Dvorak, Lalo, Schumann, Elgar, Saint-Saens, Kabalevsky, Bloch, Kokkonen and Schostakovich.
With the two Schostakovich concertos, he won the 1995 Cannes Classical Award at MIDEM. The release of J.S. Bach Suites for solo cello got tremendous reviews. The BBC Music Magazine made it the ”Editors Choice”.
In 2012 Thedeen is joining Janine Jansen on a DECCA recording with works by Schönberg and Schubert.
Recent seasons includes tours to Japan (Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra/De Preist), concerts with the London PO/Venzago in Royal Festival Hall, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Julian Rachlin och Itamar Golan joined Thedéen in the Vienna Musikverein in Beethovens Triple Concerto (Wiener Symphoniker). He has also returned to the Swedish Radio S.O. and to the Royal Stockholm Philh. Furthermore he performed with the Hallé Orchestra, City of Birmingham SO, Stuttgart Philh., Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Phil.
In addition a number of chamber concerts in Europe (London/Wigmore Hall, Berlin, Stockholm, and Carnegie Hall.
In 2011 Thedéen replaced Heinrich Schiff with ORF/RSO Sinfonieorchester in Vienna, playing Bloch Schelomo.
Thedeen loves to play with fellow musicians Janine Jansen, Martin Fröst, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Lawrence Power, Roland Pöntinen, Itamar Golan and Polina Leschenko.
Since 1996 Thedéen is professor at Edsberg Music institute/Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he himself received his main and most important education from professor Frans Helmerson.
2003 Thedéen was awarded the medal Litteris et Artibus by the Swedish Academy of Music.