||At the age of only 36, he took up the post of
Professor in choral conducting at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He
could hardly have imagined that it would be the overture to a choral achievement that
would echo around the world. But the road to international fame had been a long one.
|Dan-Olof Stenlund first saw the light of day in northern Sweden, near the
polar circle. But when his guiding star drew his gaze southwards he could not be stopped.
The first halt was the Musical Academy in Stockholm, where at high tempo he completed
training courses in piano, organ, cello and song. This was followed by studies in
conducting, under Sergiu Celibidache and Leonard Bernstein.
The long journey from the polar circle could have reached a glorius final destinatioin at
this point, but Professor Stenlund still follows his guiding star. In an interview on his
50th birthday he said:
"I feel like a little boy at the beginning of something exciting and unexplored.
The more you learn the more there remains to be discovered". It is not
surprising therefore that the journeyings continue to extend. Guest lectures at different
American universities are succeeded by seminars for choral conductors and singers in
Europe. And for many years, Dan-Olof Stenlund has been one of the most eminent conductors
at the big international choir festivals Europa Cantat.