“Music is life and therefore inextinguishable,” was the motto Carl Nielsen chose for his dramatic fourth symphony – The Inextinguishable. Nielsen’s work will be interpreted by Hannu Lintu, principal conductor of the Finnish national Ooppera Baletti theatre in Helsinki. The programme opens with Korngold’s emotional violin concerto in which the composer combines late Romantic phrasing with evocative film themes. The world-renowned American violinist Gil Shaham makes a welcome return to Berwaldhallen.

The concert will be broadcasted live in the Swedish Radio P2 on Friday, April 28 at 7:03 pm.



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The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is a multiple-award-winning ensemble renowned for its high artistic standard and stylistic breadth, as well as collaborations with the world’s finest composers, conductors, and soloists. It regularly tours all over Europe and the world and has an extensive and acclaimed recording catalogue.

Daniel Harding has been Music Director of the SRSO since 2007, and since 2019 also its Artistic Director. His tenure will last throughout the 2024/2025 season. Two of the orchestra’s former chief conductors, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been named Conductors Laureate, and continue to perform regularly with the orchestra.

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra performs at Berwaldhallen, concert hall of the Swedish Radio, and is a cornerstone of Swedish public service broadcasting. Its concerts are heard weekly on the Swedish classical radio P2 and regularly on national public television SVT. Several concerts are also streamed on-demand on Berwaldhallen Play and broadcast globally through the EBU.

Hannu Lintu continues his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. The appointment follows a series of hugely successful collaborations with the company – including Tristan und Isolde in 2016, Sibelius’s Kullervo in 2017, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck in 2019 and Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos in 2020 – and reflects Lintu’s shifting focus into the field of opera. In the past season he conducted Strauss’ Salome and Britten’s Billy Budd and Richard Wagners Ring Cycle which commenced with Die Walküre in September 2022. Lintu completed his eighth and final season as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor in 2021

Guest highlights of the 2022/23 season include the highly anticipated debut with New York Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony and returns to St Louis and BBC Symphony orchestras. Lintu also guest conducts the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal.

Hannu Lintu has made several recordings for Ondine, BIS, Naxos, Avie and Hyperion for which he has received several accolades including two ICMA awards and two GRAMMY nominations.

Lintu studied cello and piano at the Sibelius Academy, where he later studied conducting with Jorma Panula. He participated in masterclasses with Myung-Whun Chung at the L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and took first prize at the Nordic Conducting Competition in Bergen in 1994.

American violinist Gil Shaham is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

Appearances with orchestra regularly include the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and San Francisco Symphony as well as multi-year residencies with the Orchestras of Montreal, Stuttgart and Singapore. With orchestra, Mr. Shaham continues his exploration of “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” including the works of Barber, Bartok, Berg, Korngold, Prokofiev, among many others.

Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, earning multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. Many of these recordings appear on Canary Classics, the label he founded in 2004. His CDs include 1930s Violin Concertos, Virtuoso Violin Works, Elgar’s Violin Concerto, Hebrew Melodies, The Butterfly Lovers and many more.

Shaham was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1971. He moved with his parents to Israel, where he began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein of the Rubin Academy of Music at the age of 7, receiving annual scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1981, he made debuts with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic, and the following year, took the first prize in Israel’s Claremont Competition. He then became a scholarship student at Juilliard, and also studied at Columbia University.

Gil Shaham plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius and performs on an Antonio Stradivari violin, Cremona c1719, with the assistance of Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.

Approximate concert length: 1 h 40 min (with intermission)