The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra plays the sadly neglected French composer Louise Farrenc’s exuberant Overture no. 1. It is followed by the Swedish premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonens latest work, Kínēma. Soloist: principal clarinetist Niklas Andersson. The concert concludes with Ravel’s popular Suite no. 2, based on the ballet Daphnis et Chloé. All under the baton of the young British conductor Ben Glassberg.

The concert will be broadcasted in the Swedish Radio P2, Friday, March 3 at 7:03 pm.




The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is known worldwide as one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras with an exciting and varied repertoire and a constant striving to break new ground The multi-award-winning orchestra has been praised for its exceptional, wide-ranging musicianship as well as collaborations with the world’s foremost composers, conductors and soloists.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the audience in the hall, the orchestra reaches many many listeners on the radio and the web and through it´s partnership with EBU. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play and with Swedish Television, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top orchestras.

“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!”

The first radio orchestra was founded in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967. Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished Music Directors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed Conductors Laureate.

Music Director of Opéra de Rouen Normandie, British conductor Ben Glassberg is fast making his mark on the global operatic and symphonic platform since winning the Grand Prix at the 55th Besançon Young Conductors Competition 2017 at the age of 23. Hailed for his ‘revelatory conducting’, Glassberg has become renowned for his attention to detail and ability to draw a vast depth of colours from orchestras and singers alike.

Upcoming highlights of the 2022/23 season include Verdi Rigoletto, Mozart La clemenza di Tito and Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opéra de Rouen, and the start of his new position as Principal Guest Conductor at the Volksoper Wien with titles to include Wagner Der fliegende Holländer and Otto Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor. On the Symphonic platform, he will return as Associate Guest Conductor to Orchestre National de Lyon and also Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Former Principal Conductor of The Glyndebourne Tour, Glassberg made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017 conducting a performance of Mozart La clemenza di Tito, and has returned frequently since. Titles in the festival have included Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

Recent symphonic work has included debuts with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, BBC Concert Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra amongst others.

Approximate concert length: 1 hour