Stefan Parkman was born in 1952. He holds the Eric Ericson professorship in choral conducting at Uppsala University. Since January 2010 he is appointed Director cantorum at the University.
He was conductor of the Boys’ Choir of Uppsala Cathedral 1974-1989 and director of the Royal Philharmonic Chorus in Stockholm 1985-1993. Since 1983 he is the conductor of the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala (UAK).
1989-2002 Stefan Parkman was Chief Conductor of the Danish National Radio Choir. With this ensemble he made numerous CD recordings on the Chandos label.
2002-2005 Stefan Parkman was Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir.
As of May 2013 he is Incoming Chief Conductor of the WDR Rundfunkchor, Cologne, Germany; the appointment starts in the season 2014/2015.
As a freelance conductor Parkman appears with numerous symphony orchestras and ensembles in Scandinavia, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Opera in Stockholm. He regularly conducts a great number of professional choirs in Europe and USA including Rundfunkchor Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munich, NDR Chor, Hamburg, MDR Rundfunkchor, Leipzig, BBC Singers, London, Netherlands Radio Choir, Hilversum, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Amsterdam, Choeur de Radio France, Paris and Trinity Choir, New York.
This season’s achievements include CD and DVD productions with the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala, an opera production in Sweden (Offenbach) and numerous a cappella concerts in Europe (for example NDR Chor in Bachwoche Ansbach and Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival) and USA (tour with the Gustaf Sjökvist Kammarkör) as well as performances of works for choir and orchestra by Bach (Mass in B minor in Leipzig with the Dresdner Kammerchor), Monteverdi, Mozart, Brahms and Verdi.
Apart from the regular duties as professor and conductor, Parkman also frequently teaches at masterclasses, seminars and workshops in Sweden and abroad. During the spring of 2012 he was a guest professor at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, USA, and Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. In December, Parkman will, once again, be the leader of a “Meisterkurs mit dem NDR Chor” in Hamburg, arranged by the Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrats.
As a singer he often appears as tenor soloist (primarily the Evangelist parts) in baroque oratorios and passions.
In 1997 Stefan Parkman was made Knight of the Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark;
In 1998 he was elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
In 2012 Stefan Parkman received the The Litteris et Artibus Medal from the hands of
H. M. The King Carl XVI Gustaf.