Marit Strindlund was born and raised in Sweden. She obtained her Master of Music degree in 2006, specialising in opera conducting, at the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Mark Elder and Mark Shanahan. Previously Strindlund studied conducting for four years at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm with Prof. Jorma Panula. She has taken an active part in conducting master classes led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gianandrea Noseda, Mark Elder and Alan Gilbert. She has also studied privately with Sylvain Cambreling.
Embarking on a promising career in opera, Strindlund has conducted several opera and ballet productions in Sweden, the UK and Belgium. During the autumn seasons of 2010 and 2011 she has worked at Covent Garden, Royal Opera House, as cover conductor for various ballet productions. She was invited back to the ROH for the 12/13 season.
In spring 2010 Strindlund conducted the world premiere of the opera Index of Memories by Annelies van Parys for Muziektheater Transparant Antwerpen, with performances in Antwerpen, Ghent, Haag, and Amsterdam, to great reviews in national Belgian and Dutch press. In the UK, she has also conducted performances of Puccini’s La Rondine for British Youth Opera at the Peacock theatre/Sadler’s Wells. For Opera Garden Aberdeen, she has conducted Turn of the Screw, to raving reviews in the Opera Magazine and the Times, as well as a production of Hansel and Gretel, and been assistant conductor for Falstaff.
At the Gothenburg Opera house Strindlund has conducted the world premiere of Bröderna Lejonhjärta, followed by an extensive tour, and in the same house worked as assistant conductor for La Cenerentola. At the Värmland Opera house she has conducted a production of Die Zauberflöte, several opera concerts including repertoire from Cavalleria Rusticana, Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and a concert version of La Bohème, as well as being assistant conductor for an opera gala with José Carreras. For Gothenburg Opera Studio she conducted in 2009 a very successful The Consul, and she regularly gives master classes in interpretation at the Gothenburg Opera Studio. Strindlund has taken a keen interest in contemporary opera, and recently performed a production of the chamber opera Kvinnogräl by Werle at the Atalante theatre, Gothenburg, which attracted attention and positive press.
She appears regularly as symphonic conductor with orchestras such as Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Västerås Sinfonietta, Dalasinfoniettan, Värmland Sinfonietta, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, London Southbank Sinfonia, L’Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg, West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, Kharkov Symphony Orchestra, Östgöta Blåsarsymfoniker. Strindlund has together with Inversion and KammarensembleN, Sweden’s most renowned contemporary music ensemble, made recordings for the Swedish National Television (SVT 2) and Radio (P2), as well as two concert tours.
Recent engagements include concerts with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, a return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as cover conductor for ballet productions in the season 12/13, a production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande for Muziektheater Transparant with performances in Bruges, Ghent, Rotterdam and Bergen, and a revival of Annelies van Parys’s opera Index of Memories for the World Music Days in Antwerp in 2012.