Jakob Hultberg, born 1978 in Sweden finished his conducting studies in May 2010 with a diploma in orchestral conducting from The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He has since worked as conductor in Sweden and Denmark.
Originally trained as a percussionist, Jakob has studied choral and orchestral conducting, music theory and composition at the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama. At the academy he worked closely together with the new music department leading to numerous premieres of both orchestra and chamber pieces. His collaboration with the opera academy gave him the possibility to work intimately with the opera students and conducting several interesting productions with singers and orchestra, as well as premiering several operas.
His diploma studies in Copenhagen commencing in 2006 with professor Giancarlo Andretta, gave Jakob rich possibilities to develop both as orchestral and opera conductor. Already during his studies he was recurrently engaged by the Royal Opera in Copenhagen as assistant conductor on their productions of Wagner's Tannhäuser and Lohengrin as well as Britten's Rape of Lucretia. This is a collaboration that has continued and developed and which has given him the possibility to work with some of the world's leading singers and stage directors. In 2011 and 2012 he was invited to conduct two family productions and one opera gala concert at the Gothenburg Opera.
Parallel to opera conducting Jakob regularly conducts symphonic music and ensembles of contemporary music. In 2012 Jakob was one of the finalists, and eventually awarded shared second prize in the Swedish conducting competition 'Svenska Dirigentpriset'.
Jakob has been awarded numerous scholarships, notably among them, he has for several successive years won the audition for the Conductor scholarship from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
In January 2014, Jakob took up the post as Artistic Director and Chief conductor of the Chamber Choir Camerata, Copenhagen with which he has since conducted Bach Matthew Passion, Mozart Requiem and Handel Messiah as well as numerous acappella-concerts. 2015 included his debut at the Royal Opera Copenhagen with the world premiere of Pelle Gudmundsen Holmgreen's 'Sol går op, sol går ned', as well as work as assistant conductor at La Monnaie in Brussels on their production of Verdi's Un Ballo in maschera. In October 2015 Jakob made his debut at The Royal Ballet in Copenhagen and has since been reinvited to conduct Tchaikovsky Swan Lake in 16/17. In June 2016 he conducted a much appreciated Carmina Burana with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and later these summer he premiered a well received new Hamlet opera with Nordic Opera/Athelas Sinfonietta at the Shakespeare festival in Helsinore, a production that will play on tour in Denmark in 2017. This season also includes, among other things, Mozart and Tavener Requiems and Messiah with Camerata, and productions with Danish Radio SO and Copenhagen Philharmnonic.
In 17/18 Jakob will be in charge of two major ballet productions at The Royal Ballet Copenhagen, Nutcracker and Swan Lake. He will also work with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm, Norrköping SO and Aarhus SO.