The Swedish Cellist, Torleif Thedéen, gained international recognition in 1985 by winning three of the worlds most prestigious cello competitions: the Hammer-Rostropowitsch, the Pablo-Casals and the European Broadcasting Union's International Tribune.
Since then Torleif Thedéen has been giving concerts all over the world, and he is one of the most highly regarded musicians in Scandinavia . He regularly plays not only with all the leading orchestras in Scandinavia, but also with some of the world’s major orchestras, - among them the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Israel Sinfonietta - under conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Neeme Järvi, Franz Welser-Möst, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Leif Segerstam, and Eri Klas.
Torleif Thedéen is also active as a chamber musician, and as such appears in prestigious concert venues worldwide such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He often participates in prestigious Music Festivals, among them the Verbier Festival (2007), Prague Spring Festival, the festival in Schleswig-Holstein, festivals in in Bordeaux, Oslo, Bath, Stavanger and Kuhmo. He is a regular member of the chamber music series Spectrum Concerts Berlin
In 2005-2006 season Torleif Thedéen made a very successful debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Robert Schumann), he has toured with soloists like Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen to European festivals, and returned to New Zeeland, and Australia in 2006-2007. He also toured Scandinavia and England with the Musica Vitae chamber orchestra from Sweden in October 2006. In 2005-2008 season he has toured extensively worldwide with Janine Jansen & Maxim Rysanov, following their recording made by Decca. He performed with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra in November 2007.
In 2008-2009 saeason Torleif Thedéen performed successfully witn London Philharmonic Orchestra (Mario Venzago) in London, toured with the BBC Wales SO, and recorded for cpo with NDR Orchestra in Hannover, Germany. He performed in Musikverein in Vienna, as a soloist in L.v. Beethovens Tripple Concerto with Wiener Symphoniker (January 2009), and in France with Orchestre Philharmonique de Bordeaux. In 2009 he was again invited back to the Chamber Music Festival in Verbier, Switzerland. 2009-2010 season included a.o. a Gala Concert in Geneva (L.v. Beethoven Triple Concerto with Wiener Symphoniker), as well as returns to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra Kamu) and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Jukka-Pekka Saraste), and Helsinki Philharmonic (Storgaards). In 2011 he will perform Henri Dutilleux Cello Concerto with Stuttgarter Philharmoniker.
Since 1986 Thedéen has recorded numerous CD’s for BIS, featuring standard repertoire works as well as contemporary music. His CD with the Dmitri Shostakovich Cello Concertos won the Cannes Classical Award in 1995, and his recording of J.S. Bach’s Solo Suites for solo cello was highly received when it was released in 2000 (Editor’s choice in BBC Music Magazine, November 2001). In 2002 his recording of Dvorak’s cello concerto was released.
Torleif Thedéen was appointed Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen in 1992. Since 1996 he is Professor at the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm.
He plays the ex-Lynn Harrell cello by David Techler from 1711.