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Hillborg Anniversary with Esa-Pekka Salonen

An expansive anniversary programme celebrating Anders Hillborg, one of today’s most recognised Swedish composers. Among the highlights are Hillborg’s second violin concerto with Norwegian rising star Eldbjørg Hemsing and the large orchestral and choral work Sirens with soloists Ida Falk Winland and Hannah Holgersson. Conductor laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir and Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

The concert will be broadcasted on Berwaldhallen Play and in the Swedish Radio P2 Friday, January 19 at 7 pm.


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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.

For more than 90 years, the Swedish Radio Choir has contributed to the development of the Swedish a cappella tradition. Under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson, the choir earned great international renown. It is still hailed as one of the best choirs in the world. The choir members’ ability to switch between powerful solo performances and seamlessly integrating themselves in the ensemble creates a unique and dynamic instrument praised by critics and music lovers alike, as well as by the many guest conductors who explore and challenge the choir’s possibilities.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Choir since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the choir reaches millions of listeners on the radio and the web through Klassiska konserten i P2. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top choirs.

With the 2020–2021 season, Kaspars Putniņš begins his tenure as the tenth Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. Since January 2019, Marc Korovitch is the choirmaster of the Swedish Radio Choir with responsibility for the ensemble’s continued artistic development. Two of the orchestra’s former Music Directors, Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, were appointed Conductors Laureate in November 2019. Both maintain a close relationship with the choir and make regular guest appearances.

The Swedish Radio Choir was founded the same year as the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and the choir had its first concert in May 1925. Right from the start, the choir had high ambitions with a conscious aim to perform contemporary music.

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The Eric Ericson Chamber Choir was founded in 1945 by the then 27-year-old Eric Ericson and has since been a prominent hub of the Swedish as well as the international music scene. The ensemble’s interest in continually finding new music and new fields of work has given them a very extensive repertoire: from early music to the very latest. For generations of Swedish and international composers, the choir has represented an ideal with its characteristic Nordic sound and skilful virtuosity. The Eric Ericson Chamber Choir is part of the international elite of professional ensembles. Fredrik Malmberg has been their choirmaster since 2013.

Esa-Pekka Salonen is known the world over as both a composer and a conductor. His restless innovation drives him constantly to reposition classical music in the 21st century. He is currently the Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, where he works alongside eight Collaborative Partners from a variety of disciplines, ranging from composers to roboticists. He is the Conductor Laureate of three world-renowned orchestras: the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Music Director from 1985 until 1995; the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009; and the Philharmonia Orchestra, where he was Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor from 2008 until 2021. Salonen also co-founded the annual Baltic Sea Festival, and served as its Artistic Director from 2003 until 2018.

Since joining the San Francisco Symphony, Salonen has worked to expand and embrace the possibilities of the orchestra, looking toward the future of classical music and its audience. Salonen’s 2023/24 season includes world premieres of Jesper Nordin’s violin concerto Convergences with Pekka Kuusisto, Anders Hillborg’s Piano Concerto with Emanuel Ax, and Jens Ibsen’s Drowned in Light, all of them with the San Francisco Symphony.

From 2015 to 2018, Salonen was Composer in Residence at the New York Philharmonic. He was the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Composer in Residence of the 2022/23 season. In October 2023, he led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the world premiere of a short new work composed in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The 2023/24 season also sees Salonen lead his Sinfonia concertante for organ and orchestra with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra, with Olivier Latry appearing as a soloist with both orchestras.

Esa-Pekka Salonen has received numerous major awards, including the UNESCO Rostrum for the work Floof, the Grawemeyer Award for his Violin Concerto, and the Nemmers Composition Prize. He has been awarded the royal Swedish medal Litteris et Artibus, the Pro Finlandia medal and Commander 1st Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland, and Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. In 2020, he was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Saxophonist Theo Hillborg is a member of Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, one of Europe’s foremost ensembles for contemporary music, since 2020 and performs regularly as a soloist. He is also a seasoned orchestral musician who has worked with conductors such as Sakari Oramo, Edward Gardner and Oliver Knussen, and orchestras including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta and Manchester Camerata.

As a soloist, he has won national and international prizes in competitions including the Stockholm International Music Competition and Polstjärnepriset. In April 2021, Hillborg and his duet partner pianist Julia Isaksson won Swedish competition Ung & Lovande. He grew up in Stockholm, completed his First Class Honours bachelor’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London studying under Simon Haram, and then completed a master’s degree at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm studying under Christer Johnsson.

Sopranen Hannah Holgersson har gjort sig ett namn som en artist med ovanlig bredd, från renässans- och barockmusik, via opera, till modernt avantgarde. Hon har haft givande samarbeten med flera av 1900- och 2000-talets mest uppskattade svenska tonsättare såsom Anders Hillborg, Ingvar Lidholm, Kjell Perder och Steve Dobrogosz.

I Holgerssons mångskiftande karriär har hon bland annat sjungit titelrollen i Martin Jonsson Tibblins opera Euridike vid urpremiären 2008, framfört Anders Hillborgs Sirens under BBC Proms, studerat in rollen som Prinsessan Tan i Tan Duns opera Tea för Konserthuset Stockholms tonsättarfestival, sjungit det virtuosa solopartiet i György Ligetis Requiem med San Franciscos symfoniorkester och Michael Tilson Thomas, turnerat i Skottland med Skotska Kammarorkesterns nyårskonserter, uppträtt vid Riksdagens öppnande, och tävlat i Melodifestivalen tillsammans med barytonen Anders Mårtensson.

Hon har framträtt med orkestrar som Kungliga Filharmonikerna, Kungliga Hovkapellet, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Norrköpings symfoniorkester, Malmö symfoniorkester, Drottningholms barockensemble, Stockholms Läns Blåsarsymfoniker och slagverksensemblen Kroumata, och med framträdande dirigenter såsom Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Gilbert, Siegfried Köhler, Tõnu Kaljuste, Lawrence Renes, John Adams, Nicolae Moldoveanu, Rolf Gupta och Tan Dun.

Hannah Holgersson är uppvuxen i Höör och har examen som sångsolist och pedagog vid Kungl. Musikhögskolan i Stockholm. Hon gjorde sin operadebut som Zerlina i Mozarts Don Giovanni 2003 på Ulriksdals slottsteater.

Sopranen Ida Falk Winland är aktuell säsongen 2023/24 som Donna Anna i Mozarts Don Giovanni på GöteborgsOperan och som Violetta i Verdis La traviata på Kungliga Operan. Föregående säsong framträdde hon som Gilda i Verdis Rigoletto och Mimì i Puccinis La bohème, båda på GöteborgsOperan, där hon sedan 2014 ingår i solistensemblen.

I Göteborg har hon tidigare sjungit bland annat Nedda i Leoncavallos Pajazzo, Grevinnan och Susanna i Mozarts Figaros bröllop, Adalgisa i Bellinis Norma, Morgana i Händels Alcina, Cleopatra i Händels Julius Caesar och Rosina i Rossinis Barberaren i Sevilla. På Kungliga Operan gjorde hon 2018 och 2019 sina rolldebuter som Gilda i Rigoletto, respektive Violetta i La traviata. Bland andra gästspel kan nämnas Fiordiligi i Così fan tutte vid Glyndebourne-festivalen och på Paris nationalopera, First Niece i Peter Grimes på La Scala i Milano, Cunégonde i Candide på Lorraines nationalopera och Cecily i The Importance of Being Earnest på Covent Garden och Lorraines nationalopera.

Falk Winland har arbetat med dirigenter som Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo, Marc Minkowski, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding och Valery Gergiev, och har sjungit med såväl Kungliga Filharmonikerna, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester och Göteborgs Symfoniker. Hon har medverkat i inspelningar av Bachs Mässa h-moll med Jonathan Cohen och Haydns Skapelsen med Philipp von Steinaecker, samt spelat in ett soloalbum med sånger av Aaron Copland, Gösta Nystroem och Richard Strauss. 2018 belönades hon med Operapriset av Tidningen Operas läsare för sin insats som Adalgisa i GöteborgsOperans uppsättning av Norma.

Ida Falk Winland har studerat för Lilian Watson vid Royal College of Music och vid National Opera Studio i London då hon även, som en av två särskilt framstående musikstudenter, belönades med den prestigefyllda Tagoremedaljen.

Approximate duration: 2 hrs with intermission