HARDING & BEETHOVEN´S TRIPLE CONCERTO
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor Daniel Harding in Josef Suk’s Asrael Symphony, composed in memory of his father-in-law and teacher, Antonín Dvořák, and his wife Otilie Suková. On the programme also Triple concerto for violin, cello and piano, the only concerto Beethoven completed for more than one solo instrument.
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.
Daniel Harding is Music and Artistic Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with whom in 2022 he celebrated his 15-year anniversary. In the 2014/15 season he devised and curated the celebrated Interplay Festival, presenting a series of concerts and related inspirational talks involving artists, academics, scientists and philosophers. As Artistic Director he continues this type of influential programming at Berwaldhallen. He is also Conductor Laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has worked for over 20 years.
A renowned opera conductor, he has led critically acclaimed productions at the Teatro alla Scala Milan, Theater an der Wien, Wiener Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg Festivals. He continues to work regularly with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 he was named Artistic Director of the Anima Mundi Festival.
Daniel Harding’s tenure as Music and Artistic Director will last throughout the 2024/25 season. “It is increasingly rare that the relationship between a conductor and an orchestra not only lasts for more than a decade, but keeps growing,” he says about working with the orchestra. “It is also rare for an orchestra of the highest musical standard to very obviously want to keep on growing.”
After playing the trumpet in his youth, he discovered conducting as a teenager. 17 years old, he led a performance of Arnold Schönberg’s Pierrot lunaire with a student ensemble, which led to assisting Simon Rattle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a year. His time with Rattle and the orchestra ended with Harding’s professional debut, conducting the orchestra himself.
In 2002, Harding was awarded the title Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, and in 2017 nominated to the position Officier des Arts et Lettres. In 2012, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In 2021, he was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He is also a qualified airline pilot.
Belarusian cellist Aleksei Kiseliov (b.1985) is regarded as one of the most prolific instrumentalist of his generation. Since 2011, Kiseliov combines his soloist career with the role as section leader in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and as a teacher at the Royal Conservatoire in Scotland. He is also a solo cellist in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
From the year 2000, Kiseliov studied under Tillman Wick in Hannover but moved to London and the Royal College of Music in 2003 where he was the pupil of Jerome Perono and Raphael Wallfisch. Kiselov has also attended masterclasses and lessons with among others, Bernhard Greenhouse, Anner Bylsma, Ralph Kirshbaum, Frans Helmerson and Peter Wispelwey.
During his time in London, Kiseliov won several international competitions, including the Leverhulme Trust Award, the Richard Carne Award, the Orpheus Sinfonia Trust Award and the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Lambert Fellowship Award.
Kiseliov has participated in both orchestral and solo concerts in Europe and USA at venues such as Concergebouw klein in Amsterdam, Concert Noble and Flagey in Brussels and the Cadogan Hall and Purcell Room in London. He has also been a part of international music festivals including Les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn, Aix en Provence festival and the GAIA Chamber Music Festival together with among others Gavriel Lipkind, Giovanni Sollima, Alina Ibragimova, Nicola Benedetti, Itamar Golan, and Maxim Vengerov.
Pianist Martin Sturfält has established himself as a prominent interpreter of both new and old Swedish music. He has made critically acclaimed recordings of Wilhelm Stenhammar’s piano music and, together with the Helsingborg symphonic orchestra and Andrew Manze, the two piano concertos by Adolf Wiklund. As a soloist, Sturfält is a recurrent visitor to both Swedish and international symphony orchestras while also being a dedicated chamber musician.
Sturfält has collaborated with among others, Hebert Blomstedt, Sir Mark Elder, Thomas Dausgaard, and Alexander Vedernikov. He has played with orchestras including the Hallé orchestra, New London Sinfonia and all of the Swedish symphonic orchestras. Sturfält has given solo- and chamber music concerts at Musikaliska and Konserthuset in Stockholm, Wigmore Hall, Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall I London, Concergegouw in Amsterdam and at the Palais des Beux-Arts in Brussels.
Martin Sturfält has won first prize in several international competitions, including the Yamaha-competitions in Sweden 1999 and in England 2002, the John Ogdon Prize in London 2004 and the Terence Judd Award in Manchester 2005.
Approximate concert length: 2 h with intermission. On Thursday, December 8 the concert will be a bit longer due to awarding of scholarship on stage.
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