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 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.


32 professional choristers make up the Swedish Radio Choir: a unique, dynamic instrument hailed by music-lovers and critics all over the world. The Swedish Radio Choir performs at Berwaldhallen, concert hall of the Swedish Radio, as well as on tours all over the country and the world. Also, they are heard regularly by millions of listeners on Swedish Radio P2, Berwaldhallen Play and globally through the EBU.

The award-winning Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš was appointed Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir in 2020. Since January 2019, its choirmaster is French orchestral and choral conductor Marc Korovitch, with responsibility for the choir’s vocal development.

The Swedish Radio Choir was founded in 1925, the same year as Sweden’s inaugural radio broadcasts, and gave its first concert in May that year. Multiple acclaimed and award-winning albums can be found in the choir’s record catalogue. Late 2023 saw the release of Kaspars Putniņš first album with the choir: Robert Schumann’s Missa sacra, recorded with organist Johan Hammarström.


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