The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Fredrik Burstedt leads this festive occasion with a spirited, playful concert. We will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Hugo Alfvén’s birth by performing his exuberant Festspel, known from the Nobel Prize ceremony, and the charming Symphony No. 2. Lisa Streich’s humorous concerto grosso Jubelhemd will be performed for the first time at Berwaldhallen.





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.

Following extensive experience as a concertmaster and violin soloist, Fredrik Burstedt is in increasing demand to lead orchestras and opera productions
as a conductor. Fredrik has worked with all the professional orchestras in Sweden and many more across the Nordic region, including the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra in addition to the Staatskapelle Weimar, Nürnberg Sinfoniker and I Pomeriggi musicali.

In the opera house, Fredrik has conducted Janaçeck’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Gothenburg Opera, Bizet’s Carmen and Martinů’s The Greek Passion at Värmland Opera, Lehar’s The Merry Widow and Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Royal Swedish Opera and Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe at Norrlandsoperan. He has presided over premiere performance including Jonas Bolin’s Tristessa at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, which was named one of the 5 most important operaruc events in the world, as well as The Silver Bird by Mats Larsson-Gothe, The War of Love by Paula by Malmborg-Ward and The Norrmalmstorg Drama by Albert Schnelzer.

Fredrik began his conducting studies with Jorma Panula and received additional tuition from Daniel Harding, Stefan Solyom and Jukka-Pekka
Saraste. He was awarded the Royal Swedish Opera’s Sixten Ehrling Prize or Young Conductors and the prestigious Herbert Blomstedt Scholarship of
the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In 2017, Fredrik was awarded a Grammy for his portrait album of the composer Mats Larsson Gothe, in
which he conducted the Västerås Sinfonietta and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.

Jakub Nowak is a Polish-born violinist based in Stockholm, and section leader in the Court Chapel since 2017. He is educated in Poland and Germany, where he studied with Mark Gothoni at the Universität der Künste Berlin. He has also participated in masterclasses with, among others, Mikyung Lee, Zakhar Bron and Krzysztof Węgrzyn.

While studying in Warsaw, he founded and led the Warsaw Baroque Ensemble and the Nerrosensemble, and later appeared in the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg.

Nowak has been guest concertmaster in, among others, KORK in Oslo, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Norrbotten Chamber Orchestra and now for the first time in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

During the summer of 2022, he became first violinist in the Bayreuther Festspielorchester.

Catherine Ribes är stämledare i Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester och Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. Hon har tidigare spelat i bland annat Berlins radiosymfoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Hon är en erfaren orkester- och kammarmusiker känd i Sverige bland annat för sina framträdanden med Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble tillsammans med bland andra Malin Broman. Hon har även spelat med kammarensemblen KNM Berlin och i kvartetter med sina orkesterkollegor i Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. I Sverige har hon uppträtt på bland annat Change Music Festival och Forshaga kammarmusikdagar.


Norskfödde Tarjei Hannevold är solotrumpetare i Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester sedan 2005. Han har också varit engagerad som gästsolist hos orkestrar som Mahler Chamber Orchestra och Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Som kammarmusiker har han varit medlem av den internationellt erkända brasskvintetten Stockholm Kammarbrass. Tarjei Hannevold har vid flera tillfällen framträtt som solist med Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester.

Approximate concert length: 1 h (no intermission)


We have the pleasure of inviting you to a chamber music recital after the concert Wednesday October 26. You are most welcome to stay, the performance will begin after a brief interval. It will be two fascinating works for wind instruments, Leoš Janáček’s spirited wind sextet and John Fernström’s acclaimed wind quintet.

Linda Taube Sundén flute
Sofi Berner oboe
Niklas Andersson clarinet
Henrik Blixt bassoon
Anna Ferriol de Ciurana  horn
Mats Wallin bass clarinet

Leoš Janáček: Wind sextet «mládi» (youth) for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and bass clarinet
John Fernström: Blåskvintett

John Fernström was not only a composer, violinist, teacher and conductor, he was also a painter, poet and author. He composed a vast number of, for example, operas, symphonies, solo concertos and chamber music. His Wind Quintet from 1943 is considered his most important work. Leoš Janáček wrote his playful, virtuoso Wind Sextet only twenty years earlier, at the end of his life. He called it Mládí, which means “youth” in Czech.

The bonus concert is included in the ticket price for the concert on October 26 18:00. Approximate concert length 45 min, no intermission.