Conductor, San Francisco Symphony Chorus | Sweden & United States
Ragnar Bohlin is a Grammy-winning conductor (Best Choral Performance for the recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony). He began his tenure as Chorus Director of the San Francisco Symphony in 2007. Bohlin is also the founding Artistic Director of the professional chamber choir Cappella SF with which he has recorded four CDs. In March 2013, he was awarded the Cultural Achievement Award from the Swedish-America Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco, and in 2018 the Michael Korn award from Chorus America.
He has been a guest conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir on many occasions and has recorded two CDs with them. Ragnar made his debut with the BBC Singers in London. He has appeared several times with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. In 2012 he appeared as guest conductor with the Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia and the Madrid Choral Society in Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Bohlin holds a master’s degree in organ and a diploma degree in conducting from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. He studied choral conducting with legendary choir director Eric Ericson, orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula, piano with Peter Feuchtwanger in London, and singing with Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda. He has received the Johannes Norrby Medal for expanding the frontiers of Swedish choral music. Currently teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he has also taught at the Royal Academy in Stockholm and been a visiting professor at Indiana University and Miami University.