Ragnar Bolhin conducting at the piano in Osher Salon at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
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Ragnar Bohlin

On leave Fall 2021


  • Conservatory Chorus
  • Chamber Choir


  • BM, Stockholm Conservatory, Sweden


  • San Francisco Symphony, 2007–Present
  • Cappella SF
  • Chanticleer, 2014–2015


  • Grammy Award, Best Choral Performance, 2010
  • Chorus Director, San Francisco Symphony
  • Guest Director, Chanticleer

What is your hometown?

Stockholm, Sweden

What is your favorite recording?

Figure Humaine with Tenebrae.

What are you passionate about outside of music?


Who were your major teachers?

Eric Ericson (conducting), Nicolai Gedda (voice), and Peter Feuchtwanger (piano).

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“There are several ways to the same goal, but there are also different goals.”

What was a turning point in your career?

When I decided that conducting was my main passion, after completing the church musician course with lots of piano, organ, and singing.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

I would like to have been an astronomer.

What is your daily practice routine?

Bach, Brahms, and Arvo Pärt.

What recordings can we hear you on?

Light of Gold, Delos
Mysterium, dB-productions
Facing West, Delos


As Chorus Director for the San Francisco Symphony since 2007, Mr. Bohlin prepares the chorus for some of the world's greatest conductors, such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Esa‐Pekka Salonen and Alan Gilbert. He has also conducted them in such pieces as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B Minor, and Poulenc’s Figure Humaine. His outstanding work has been recognized with a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. In 2014 Ragnar Bohlin founded the professional chamber choir Cappella SF. With them he has recorded four CDs. Guest conducting engagements have brought Mr. Bohlin to many ensembles around the world, such as the Swedish Radio Choir, with who has been a returning guest and recorded two CDs, The BBC Singers, The Ericson Chamber Choir, Chanticleer, The Sao Paulo, Edmonton, Stavanger and Malmö Symphonies.