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TCHAIKOVSKY’S SYMPHONY NO. 4

The young rising star conductor Marta Gardolinska makes her concert debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring emotional and moving pieces. Child prodigy Lili Boulanger’s lively D’un matin de printemps gets the party started, followed by Carmen Suite No. 1, a collection of music from Bizet’s popular opera. The evening concludes with Tchaikovsky’s highly biographical Symphony No. 4 from 1878.

The concert will be broadcasted on Berwaldhallen Play and at the Swedish Radio P2, Friday, April 8 at 7 pm.


SWEDISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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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.

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Polish conductor Marta Gardolińska is Music Director of the Opéra national de Lorraine since autumn 2021, recently having her contract extended throughout the 2025/26 season, and was Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona in 2022–2024. She came to international attention in 2018 conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in two highly successful subscription weeks. This led to a Dudamel Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the 2019/20 season. She has since worked with world-renowned orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

The 23/24 season saw Gardolińska make her debuts with the Kammerorchester Potsdam, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and her subscription debut with the San Francisco Symphony. She conducted the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona in Haydn’s The Creation, and with both the BBC Scottish and the Frankfurt Radio, she interpreted music by her countrymen, Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra and Bacewicz’ Overture for Orchestra.

During the 2020/21 season, she made her hugely successful French debut with the Opéra national de Lorraine, conducting a new production of Zemlinsky’s Der Traumgörge. She has also conducted Bizet’s Carmen at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg and Verdi’s La Traviata at the Lorraine opera. She studied conducting in Warsaw and Vienna, and was awarded the title “Outstanding Pole in Austria” in 2016 for her efforts in spreading Polish culture and music.

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Julia Kretz-Larsson is the assistant first concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2015. She is also a member of the chamber music ensemble Spectrum Concerts Berlin who, in addition to having their own concert series at the Berlin Phiharmonic, has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She is a former member of both the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

She is also an active chamber musician, having performed with Janine Jansen, Isabelle Faust, Cecilia Zilliacus, Torleif Thedéen and others, and played at internationally renowned festivals in Salzburg, Utrecht and Schleswig-Holstein, as well as the Schubertiade in Voralberg and Vinterfest in Mora, Sweden. She has recorded chamber works for labels such as BIS, dB and Harmonia Mundi, and the 2018 album Amanda Maier vol. 3 was awarded a Swedish Grammy Award. As a member of the Julius Stern Piano Trio, she has won prizes at international competitions in Florence, Berlin and Trieste.

Julia Kretz-Larsson teacher violin at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She is a Berlin native, has studied under Professor Marianne Boettcher, under Professor Thomas Brandis at the Berlin University of the Arts, and in Prague for Josef Suk.

Programme

Approximate timings

I. Andante sostenuto
II. Andantino in modo di canzona
III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco

Approximate concert length: 1 hour 20 minutes (no intermission)