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Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1902, is one of the world's most prestigious and highly-regarded orchestras. The orchestra has been resident at Konserthuset Stockholm since 1926, and gives around 100 concerts annually. They also participate in the festivities associated with the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.

About the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is noted for its ambitious programming, composer festivals with contemporary music and pioneering work on a more gender-balanced repertoire. They have made themselves an international name through extensive touring, and the German newspaper Die Welt has described them as “one of the world’s best orchestras”.

The orchestra boasts an impressive roster of guest conductors, including Conductor Laureates Alan Gilbert and Sakari Oramo, along with Franz Welser-Möst, all of whom work with the orchestra on a regular basis. Welser-Möst holds the title of Eric Ericson Honorary Chair with the orchestra. Other notable guest conductors include Andris Nelsons, Herbert Blomstedt, Simone Young, and Gianandrea Noseda.

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra's Chief Conductor Designate is the prize-winning American Ryan Bancroft, who will begin his tenure with the 2023/24 season. Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo served as Chief Conductor from 2008 to 2021. He concluded his tenure with a grand Sibelius festival in May 2021, which can still be enjoyed on Konserthuset Play, and was subsequently named Conductor Laureate.

The orchestra has also received considerable attention for several recordings, including critically acclaimed recordings of Carl Nielsen's symphonies with Sakari Oramo, which received a BBC Music Magazine Award in 2016. The CD Sirens, with music by Anders Hillborg, won a 2016 Swedish Grammy Award, and the CD Distant Light, featuring the world-renowned American soprano Renée Fleming, attracted much attention.

Overall, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra's commitment to excellence in programming and performance has made it a truly world-class orchestra. Its extensive touring and recording activities have helped to cement its reputation as one of the world's foremost musical ensembles. With Ryan Bancroft set to take the reins as Chief Conductor, the orchestra looks set to continue its tradition of excellence well into the future.

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Stefan Forsberg

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