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Here you’ll find press information and press releases in Swedish. You´ll also find general press images of principal conductors and ensembles, and press images from concerts.
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Baltic Sea Festival grand opening concert with Salonen and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra with its Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen open Baltic Sea Festival on 9 September 2021. Rebirth is the theme of the whole Festival and in its opening concert, both Anders Hillborg’s Kongsgaard Variations and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Fog, reimagine classical masterpieces. Salonen’s programme culminates in Sibelius Second Symphony and its heavenly apotheosis. The theme of rebirth continues through the Festival with Klaus Mäkelä and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Kaspars Putniņš Radio Choir programme focussing on the Baltic Seasons and the renewal of life. And the Festival closes with Handel's Messiah – on 18 September – the ultimate story of rebirth and hope.
These are the finalists for the Eric Ericson Award – the world's premier choir conductor competition
Out of more than 90 applicants, eight young conductors have progressed to the prestigious Eric Ericson Award competition, which takes place at Berwaldhallen, Swedish Radio's concert hall, in October. After one month of work, the Selection Committee has selected an international starting field with participants from Germany, Latvia, England, France and Russia.
The Baltic Sea Festival is Back in September – music is a strong driving force in culture’s new start following the pandemic
As always, music is centre stage as the Baltic Sea Festival offers up a festival week brimming with content from the 9[th] to the 18[th] of September, with it's hoome base in the Swedish Radio Concert Hall, Berwaldhallen. This year’s festival centres on hope for the future, and the highly anticipated new beginning many of us are waiting for. A new beginning for exchange and collaboration across borders, and for conversations about the issues that bind us together. The theme is rebirth and culture’s role when society opens up again. New for this year are the Baltic Sea Studio’s daily broadcasts, which make the festival even more accessible to international audiences. The following concert season offers many musical highlights, some that can be already revealed.
Bach’s St John Passion with world class soloists live from Swedish Radio Concert Hall
The St John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed in a unique way in Berwaldhallen, the concert hall of Swedish Radio on Good Friday, April 2. The performance will be available through Swedish Radio P2 and also for viewing on Berwaldhallen Play. A star cast of Swedish and international singers will participate: Julia Kleiter, Ann Hallenberg, Andrew Staples, Christian Gerhaher and Matthew Rose. Together with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir, led by Music Director Daniel Harding, it will be a world class musical experience, one of a kind in these days.
Eric Ericson Award, the world’s most prestigious competition for young choir conductors, will be held in 2021
The Swedish Radio, in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), reinstates the Eric Ericson Award, an international competition for young choir conductors. The competition will take place in October 2021 in the Swedish Radio concert hall, Berwaldhallen, in Stockholm for the first time since 2009. The prize money amounts to SEK 150,000 and the winner will also have the opportunity to work with 11 prominent radio choirs within the EBU in upcoming concert seasons. Altogether, this makes the Eric Ericson Award the most prestigious competition for choir conductors in the world.
Harding, Mattei, Byström - Don Giovanni live from Swedish Radio Concert Hall
Having maintained weekly live broadcast concerts throughout the last months, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is now reunited with its Music Director Daniel Harding for his first concerts after ten weeks of quarantine and the culmination of the orchestra’s season. Joining them at home in Berwaldhallen is the Swedish Radio Choir and an elite cast of singers.
This year's edition of the Baltic Sea Festival has been cancelled
The Baltic Sea Festival, which was to take place in August 2020, has been cancelled. Even though it had been intended to make the festival a digital project, the planning conditions due to the Covid-19 outbreak have finally made that impossible.
Cross-border music and talks in this year’s Baltic Sea Festival
Through music and discussions, the Baltic Sea Festival wants to highlight the importance of tolerance, democracy and shared responsibility for a sustainable region. The programme spans seven festival days of first-class music and seven discussions, where some of the most interesting personalities from our region come together. The discussions, which will take place in front of audiences in cities around the Baltic Sea, are an integral part of the festival, and will be broadcast live in the host cities as well as at Berwaldhallen. Using digital technology, the festival and music can reach out live throughout the Baltic Sea area. As always, music is at the heart of the festival and just as in previous years, the Baltic Sea Festival offers a week of exhilarating music.
Kaspars Putniņš Appointed New Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir
Multiple award-winning Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš is appointed Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir from the 2020-21 season. It is one of the most coveted conducting positions on the international choral scene. The last Chief Conductor was Peter Dijkstra who ended his tenure in 2018, after 11 years.
The Swedish Radio Choir appoints two Conductor Laureates
Peter Dijkstra and Tõnu Kaljuste have each been appointed Conductor Laureate of the Swedish Radio Choir as of the beginning of this season. Both of them have been Chief Conductors of the Choir, a world famous ensemble and institution in Swedish music life, formed in the 1920s at the same time as its parent organization, Sveriges Radio.
The Baltic Sea Festival presents seven personal talks on sustainability, the environment and music
What does ex-president Tarja Halonen, chief conductor Alan Gilbert, Sami pop artist Sofia Jannok and the adventurer Berta Tilmantaitė have in common? Well, they are a few of several well-known people in culture, politics and science who participate in discussions about sustainability, environment and culture during this year's Baltic Sea Festival.
Berwaldhallen Celebrates 40 Years with a Jubilee Season and a Pioneering Baltic Sea Festival
An innovative, international Baltic Sea Festival starts the season in Swedish Radio’s concert hall, Berwaldhallen. The 2019/2020 season of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir continues, with musical story-telling as the theme. The year of Berwaldhallen’s 40th birthday is celebrated with a number of concerts, the pinnacle being a gala concert in November. The season ends with a proper dose of Beethoven – who turns 250 this year – with Missa Solemnis and the mighty Symphony No. 9 under Daniel Harding's leadership. World-famous cellist Truls Mørk is the season’s Artist-in-residence.
The 2019 Baltic Sea Festival brings together the Baltic countries with cross-border music and conversations
STOCKHOLM / SWEDEN (April 24, 2019) ––– This year’s Baltic Sea Festival takes a leap across the sea and brings the Baltic countries together in a completely new way. The programme spans seven festival days of first-class music and seven conversations, where some of the most interesting personalities from our region come together to talk about music and sustainability. The conversations, which will take place in front of audiences in cities around the Baltic Sea, will be an integral part of the festival and will be broadcast live in the host cities as well as at Berwaldhallen. Just as in previous years, the Baltic Sea Festival offers a series of glittering musical gems.
The Swedish Radio Choir recruits new chorus master after international search
Following an international recruitment process for the newly created position as Chorus master, the job has been offered to Marc Korovitch from France. The Swedish Radio Choir has a long history and is an important part of what is known as “the Swedish Choral Miracle”. Under their Chief Conductor, Eric Ericson, the choir rapidly grew over a 30-year period into a seminal institution in international choral music. The choir is still sought after by a large number of conductors and concert halls.
Daniel Harding renews contract with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra until 2023 - named Artistic Director
Daniel Harding has renewed his contract as Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra until the end of the 2022/23 season. He has been its Music Director since 2007, following in the illustrious footsteps of Herbert Blomstedt, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Sergiu Celibidache. The orchestra and Daniel Harding will embark on a major eleven-stop European tour in November, marking their special bond.
The Baltic Sea Festival 2018 offers a sumptuous buffet of new works and timeless classics – opera, folk song and Swedish jazz
The sixteenth Baltic Sea Festival opens with Mahler’s 8th symphony and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding. The year, the festival celebrates the centenary of the foundation of the Baltic states. The hit opera, Autumn Sonata, based on the film by Ingmar Bergman, is performed by the Finnish National Opera Choir and Orchestra. Acclaimed guest orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Royal Swedish Orchestra and Sinfonietta Riga are also back. In addition, the festival presents the première of a new Swedish composition by Jesper Nordin.
Dudamel and Gergiev – two world-class conductors and three new concerts at the Baltic Sea festival in Stockholm
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, May 13, 2016 –– Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra – returning guests at the Baltic Sea Festival – this year offering Prokofiev. First, Symphony No. 3 in c minor as a summer evening's concert, and then the day after, family concert Peter and the Wolf narrated by actor Leif Andrée. For the 110 member Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra from Venezuela, this is their first time at the festival. The world renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, previously chief conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, will lead his orchestra in a unique concert with compositions by Desanne, Villa-Lobos and Ravel.
The Baltic Sea Festival 2016 – Grand music, celebrated orchestras and spectacular artists from the whole Baltic Sea region
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN March 14, 2016 – The 14:th Baltic Sea Festival will offer grand music, celebrated orchestras and spectacular artists from the whole Baltic Sea region. There will be classical orchestral works as well as a new, Swedish chamber opera with Tre Donne at the Royal Swedish Opera. Yuja Wang, currently one of the world’s most sought-after pianists, will perform works by Bartók and Messiaen. Polish Baltic Philharmonic and Riga Sinfonietta will be two other guests. The grand finale will be a grandiose opera feast – Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct the Finnish National Opera orchestra in Strauss’ Elektra with Swedish soprano Nina Stemme in the title role.
New classics and magnificent symphonies – many highlights at the 13:th Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm
STOCKHOLM (18 August 2015) – Magnificent, symphonic music – but also new classics – are set to dominate the thirteenth Baltic Sea Festival. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra with Kent Nagano recognises the 150:th anniversary of Nielsen and Sibelius. Tchaikovsky, whose 175:th anniversary is celebrated this year, is honoured with an orchestral version of the Nutcracker performed by the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Magnificent symphonies side by side with new classics at the annual Baltic Sea Festival
STOCKHOLM (26 March 2015) - Magnificent, symphonic music is set to dominate the thirteenth Baltic Sea Festival. Tjajkovskij, whose anniversary is one of the many celebrated this year, is honoured with an orchestral version of the Nutcracker performed by the Mariinskij Theatre Orchestra with conductor Valery Gergiev. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra with Kent Nagano recognises the 150thanniversary of Nielsen and Sibelius, but newer music also features with the Swedish premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane. The festival this year also recognises the 80th anniversary of composer Arvo Pärt. Schönberg’s Gurrelieder performed by two symphony orchestras and four choirs provides a grand finish to the festival week.
Youthful Baltic Sea Festival 2014
Stockholm/Sweden (April 10, 2014) — The twelfth Baltic Sea Festival offers a varied programme with a prominent youth-oriented profile. The Swedish National Youth Orchestra is back and children from El Sistema will play alongside the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. The festival will also recognise the 20th anniversary of the sinking of MS Estonia. Piano enthusiasts will have their own evening, featuring all of Prokofiev’s piano concertos. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra will make a tour-stop on their way to London. The programme for the Baltic Sea Festival was presented Monday at a press conference at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm.