Torleif Thedéen is one of Sweden’s most internationally known instrumentalists. This week he celebrates his 60th birthday as the soloist in Dmitrij Shostakovics second cello concerto, which had its premiere on the composer’s 60th birthday. The unruly character of the cello has been said to reminisce Shostacovich himself. As a composer in the Soviet Union, Shostacovich had to do a constant balancing act between his artistic conviction and what was possible to express in the political environment. Conductor Ingo Metzmacher visits Berwaldhallen and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Anton Bruckner’s fourth symphony, the romantic, with its characteristic, haunting horn solo.

The concert will be broadcasted on the Swedish Radio P2 on November Friday 18 at 7:03 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.


Conductor Ingo Metzmacher has distinguished himself through his innovative programming and profound dedication to twentieth and twenty-first century music; to make the new sound familiar and the familiar sound new has been Metzmacher’s focus since the beginning of his career. Metzmacher is Artistic Director of the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen in Hanover. He was General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera from 1997 to 2005, Chief Conductor of the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam from 2005 to 2007 and Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin from 2007 to 2010.

Highlights of recent seasons include new productions of operas by Nono, Rihm and Enescu at the Salzburg Festival as well as the world premiere of Staud’s Die Weiden at the Vienna State Opera, new productions of Strauss‘ Salome at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Enescus OEdipe and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Paris and Braunfelds Die Vögel (The Birds) at the Bavarian State Opera. He returned to The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker and Ensemble Modern among others. As part of the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen he conducted Schoenberg‘s Gurre-Lieder, Goebbels‘ Surrogate Cities, Berlioz‘ Requiem and the world premiere of Andre‘s rwḥ 1–4.

Metzmacher has led productions at many of the great international opera houses including the Berlin and Vienna State Operas, Covent Garden, Teatro Real, La Scala, Opéra de Paris and the Zurich Opera House, and has conducted leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Metzmacher’s wide-ranging discography includes live recordings of his legendary New Year’s Eve concerts in Hamburg from 1999 to 2004 entitled Who’s Afraid of 20th Century Music?, a complete recording of Hartmann’s symphonies with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of Henze’s Ninth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic, Messiaen’s Illuminations of the Beyond… with the Vienna Philharmonic. Most recently, he released two recordings with Ensemble Modern: Andre’s cycle riss and Beschenkt – 40 miniatures celebrating the ensembles 40th anniversary.

He is the author of two books: Keine Angst vor neuen Tönen [Don’t Be Afraid of New Sounds] and Vorhang auf! Oper entdecken und erleben [Curtain Up! Discovering and Experiencing Opera].


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.

Approximate concert length: 2 h (with intermission)