Stefan Karpe

Stefan Karpe (b. 1962) was educated at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he conducted Mahler’s 4th Symphony as his degree concert. Since then he has guest conducted many Swedish orchestras and has also worked throughout Europe and in Australia with, for example, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Helsinki Symphony Orchestra, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

As assisting conductor has Stefan Karpe participated in productions as Falstaff at the Aix en Provence Festival, Stravinsky’s Biblical Pieces at the Netherlands Opera with director Peter Sellars, a TV production of The Rake’s Progress (for Swedish TV), and the performances of Ligeti’s complete orchestral works with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London with Esa-Pekka Salonen. At the Folk Opera in Stockholm he has conducted La Bohème and the opera Marie Antoinette with music by the Swedish composer Daniel Börtz. At Uppsala University he also initiated and conducted productions of Tosca (2008) and Otello (2010) with the participation of the Royal Academic Orchestra, choirs at the University, and professional soloists. In the spring of 2008 Stefan Karpe received the Puccini International Award for the University’s performance of Tosca.

As of 2002 Stefan Karpe is director musices and professor of orchestral conducting at Uppsala University. During the period 2004 – 2007 he was artistic director and principal conductor of the Dala Sinfonietta. Between the years 2002 to 2012 has was also the artistic director of the international music festival in Scheersberg, Germany.