The 2018–20 star of the Talent Norway programme and a former recipient of the 2018 Gstaad Conducting Academy’s Neeme Järvi Prize, Tabita Berglund is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most exciting, talented young conductors on the European circuit.
Her development has been fostered by Opptakt, a launch initiative aimed at nurturing young conducting talent in Norway. As part of this, Berglund has had the chance to conduct some of the leading national orchestras – engagements during the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons included the Orchestra of the Norwegian National Opera (with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes), Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Arctic Philharmonic.
The 2019/20 season also included acclaimed debuts with the Hallé and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, while engagements in 2020/21 include the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de l'Opéra de Toulon and a return to the Hallé (opening concert of the Thursday series), among many others.
Berglund graduated in 2019 from the Orchestral Conducting Masters course at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where she studied under Professor Ole Kristian Ruud. She originally trained as a cellist and studied to Masters degree level under Truls Mørk, performing regularly with the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Trondheim Soloists before conducting became her main focus in 2015. She has previously participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Jorma Panula and Jaap van Zweden, as well as a BBC Philharmonic workshop in September 2018.