Niklas Willén

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Niklas Willén (born March 30, 1961) is a Swedish conductor. He was born in Stockholm and studied conducting and composition there at the Royal College of Music. His conducting teachers were Professors Jorma Panula and Kjell Ingebretsen and his composition tutors were Ingvar Karkoff and Daniel Börtz.

Niklas Willén has served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Nordic Chamber Orchestra in Sweden and the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra in Denmark. He has also been General Music Director of the Volkstheater Rostock and Chief Conductor of the North German Philharmonic Orchestra and he is currently Chief Conductor of the WDR Radio Orchestra in Cologne, Germany. Willén works with major orchestras and opera houses in Scandinavia, the rest of Europe and the USA. He has recorded for a number of labels including Naxos, BIS and Hyperion. He has 4 children, Linnea, Julius, Hugo and Ossian.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Orchestral Works, Volume 1 Hugo Alfvén; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Niklas Willén 1
1999 Symphony no. 3 / Legend of the Skerries / Dalecarlian Rhapsody Hugo Alfvén; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Niklas Willén 1
1999 The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 21: Kullak: Piano Concerto in C minor, op. 55 / Dreyschock: Piano Concerto in D minor, op. 137 Theodor Kullak, Alexander Dreyschock; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Niklas Willén, Piers Lane 1
1999 Swedish Romantic Violin Concertos Franz Berwald, Wilhelm Stenhammar, Tor Aulin; Tobias Ringborg, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Niklas Willén 1
2001 Midsommarvaka Hugo Alfvén; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National SO of Ireland, Niklas Willén 1
2005 Aladdin Suite / Pan and Syrinx / Saga Dream / Maskarade Overture / Helios Overture Carl Nielsen; South Jutland Symphony Orchestra, Niklas Willén 1
2007 Symphony no. 5 / Andante religioso Hugo Alfvén; Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Niklas Willén 1

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