The Swedish conductor Ola Rudner started his career as a high-profile violinist (he is a prize winner of the Paganini competition and was also the assistant of the legendary Sandor Vègh) and concertmaster of various orchestras such as the Camerata Salzburg, the Volksopera Vienna and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. 1995 he founded the Philharmonia Wien. From 2001- 2003 he was Chief Conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Australia. 2003 -2006 he was Chief Conductor of the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano. From 2008 – 2016 he was the Chief Conductor of Württembergische Philharmonie in Reutlingen.
Since 1997 Ola Rudner has conducted all the major Australian orchestras: the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmania, Adelaide and Perth . In Scandinavia he has conducted most of the major orchestras. Other orchestras include the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR- Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Wiener Symphoniker, Bremen Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Fondazione Arena di Verona, Orchester der RAI Torino, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro la Fenice, Orchestra del Teatro V.Bellini di Catania, Orchestra Filarmonica Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Maggio Musicale Fiorentina, BBC Symphony Orchestra London, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos Lissabon.
Following his appoinment as Chiefconductor of Württembergische Philharmonie he transformed the orchestra into one of Germanys top regional orchestras – wellknown in and outside Germany. As a result he regularly took the orchestra on tours to Spain, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland and Italy including Halls like Wiener Musikverein, Liszt Academy Budapest, Tonhalle Zürich, KKL Luzern, Beethoven Festival Warsaw, Palau de la Musica Valencia und Sala Verdi Milano.
Ola Rudner is also an important opera conductor, he is regularly invited to the opera houses of Australia, Austria, Sweden and Italy. In Salzburg he conducted Carmen,followed by Don Pasquale and Barbiere di Siviglia . His repertoire includes Mozart’s Magic Flute, Così, Figaro, Titus and Idomeneo, Beethoven’s Fidelio; Carmen and Verdi’s Il Trovatore and La Traviata. Operettas by Offenbach, Strauss, Lehar and Kalman. 2019 he conducted a successful series of L‘Elisir d‘amore in Verona.
In the last few years he had very successful cooperation with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic, Royal Opera Stockholm, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra Katowice, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Chile and others.
2021-22 includes returning to Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Tonkünstler Orchestra.
Since 2010 he is regularly going to Japan with the Symphony Orchestra of the Vienna Volksopera, the next tour coming up in 2022-23.
He has recorded for BIS, Harmonia Mundi, Australian label ABC Classics, Camerata Tokyo, Amadeus, Venice Channel (DVD – HD). With the Württembergische Philharmonie he has recorded “Romantic Ouvertures”, Mendelssohn’s 3rd, 4th and 5th Symphonie and works by Grieg (Holberg suite)and Lars Erik Larsson (Pastoral suite) for ARS Productions. For Antes Edition he recorded Eduard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites. For the CPO label he made a celebrated first recording of the 2 Symphonies by Giovanni Sgambati, Italy‘s forgotten romantic composer.
Ola Rudner has an extensive repertoire ranging from Bach to contemporary composers like Ferran Cruxient or compatriot Rolf Martinsson who also dedicated a piece to Rudner and his Orchestra. His special attention concerns the interpretation of the classical repertoire from Haydn to Brahms and Bruckner for which he has received highest critical acclaim.
He is the receiver of the order of merit for services rendered to the Republic of Austria. For his outstanding musical work in Australia he received the “Centenary Medal”.