In addition to concerts in the Gothenburg Concert Hall and on international tours, the orchestra performs every summer at Götaplatsen and in the Slottsskogen park, and gives guest performances at the concert hall in Vara. The Symphony Orchestra's television channel GSOplay broadcasts concerts live and on demand in full HD.
The National Orchestra of Sweden
The Gothenburg Symphony was founded in 1905 and today consists of over 100 musicians. The Orchestra's home is the Gothenburg Concert Hall, which offers many opportunities for meetings and experiences for visitors of all ages.
Santtu-Matias Rouvali takes up the position of our Chief Conductor from the 2017-2018 season. Kent Nagano is the principal guest conductor and the artistic advisor, and Sten Cranner is the managing and artistic director. Gustavo Dudamel is the honorary conductor and Neeme Järvi is the principal conductor emeritus. The orchestra is a part of Region Västra Götaland.
Under the leadership of the conductor Neeme Järvi, 1982-2004, the Orchestra made a number of international tours and around a hundred recordings, and established itself as one of the foremost orchestras in Europe. In 1997, the Gothenburg Symphony was appointed as the National Orchestra of Sweden.
We are also a prooud partner to Barbara Hanningan's mentoring program Equilibrium with focus on young singers at the beginning of his career.
The History of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
A film by Måns Pär Fogelberg
Jennifer Downiung Olsson presents the short version of Gothenburg Symphony's story.
Stenhammar and the Nordic profile
Wilhelm Stenhammar was the principal conductor of the Orchestra during the period 1907-1922. He gave the Gothenburg Symphony a distinctly Nordic profile and invited his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to the Orchestra.
Today, the Gothenburg Symphony regularly collaborates with such conductors as Joana Carneiro, Andrew Manze, David Afkham, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Neeme Järvi, Gustavo Dudamel, Christian Zacharias and Herbert Blomstedt.
Tours around the world
The Gothenburg Symphony received its international breakthrough in 1987, when the Orchestra visited Asia and the USA. Subsequently, the Orchestra has also toured in Japan, China and Europe, and performed at the BBC Proms in London, Lucerne in Switzerland, the Salzburg festival, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Barbican in London.
For children and youth
Every year, the Gothenburg Symphony carries out concerts and activities for children, youth, families and schools. The Concert Hall is also a meeting place for young musicians – from those just beginning to students of the music academies. The spring break Orchestra and the autumn break Choir are a tradition to look forward to every year, as is the collaboration with the cultural schools.
Popical: Meetings with strong artist profiles
The list goes on of all the swedish artists who played with the Gothenburg Symphony under the headline "Popical" – Bob Hund, Laleh, Timbuktu, Nina Persson, Soundtrack of Our Lives, Weeping Willows and many more. The performers' songs rendered in a specially crafted arrangement where the musical creativity to create unique concert experiences.
In 2009, the Gothenburg Symphony began a collaboration with the City of Gothenburg to establish El Sistema in Sweden. It was the Orchestra's then principal conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, who brought the model with him from Venezuela.
In 2010, the first El Sistema school started in Hammarkullen, under the management of the cultural school, Angereds kulturskola. El Sistema activities now take place in all districts of Gothenburg and the model has received national and international distribution. All El Sistema schools in Gothenburg are managed by the municipality, with musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony as mentors.
The Gothenburg Symphony collaborates with the recording companies Deutsche Grammophon and Svenska BIS, which has resulted in around a hundred recordings. The Orchestra has also made several recordings with Chandos, including symphonies and orchestral works by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Alban Berg's orchestral music, Brahms' Double Concerto and Beethoven's Triple Concerto, as well as symphonies by Kurt Atterberg.
All these recordings can be purchased at the ticket office in the Gothenburg Concert Hall. The Gothenburg Symphony can also be found on GSOplay, Spotify and iTunes, and the concerts are regularly recorded by the Swedish radio company Sveriges Radio P2.
The Gothenburg Symphony collaborates regularly with many conductors from around the world.
Gothenburg Symphony consists of 109 prominent musicians. All driven by the love of music and the desire to deliver incomparable experiences.
Artist in Residence
Every year we have the pleasure of having a unique artist in residence with us. It is a very distinguished soloist who perform regularly with us for one season.
Each season the Gothenburg Symphony tours both national and international.
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra – All the posts
Terrified and delighted: Works by Claude Debussy and André Caplet inspired by Edgar Allan Poe – Musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (HD 1080p)
Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor – Ray Chen, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor – Ray Chen, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano
Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali (HD 1080p)
Carl Nielsen: Helios Overture – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali (HD 1080p)
Katarina Leyman: Solar Flares – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali (HD 1080p)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor – Marc-André Hamelin, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali (HD 1080p)
Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali (HD 1810p)
Edvard Grieg: Piano concerto in A minor – Håvard Gimse, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Gustavsson (HD 1080p)
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano (HD 1080p)
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Francois Xavier Roth
Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.2 – Truls Mørk, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Francois Xavier Roth
Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No.2 in E flat minor – Vlad Stanculeasa, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Christian Zacharias
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.1 in D major "Titan" – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Lahav Shani
Jean Sibelius / Einojuhani Rautavaara: In the Stream of Life – Olle Persson, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, David Afkham
Mats Larsson Gothe: Ur en anteckningsbok. Magnificat – Anna Larsson, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, David Afkham
Ingvar Lidholm: Kontakion – Paul Spjuth, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, David Afkham
Magnus Lindberg: Chorale – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, David Afkham
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D major – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, David Afkham
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor, "Resurrection" – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste (HD 1080p)
Richard Wagner: Parsifal, Act III, Prelude and Good Friday Music – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, David Afkham
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Concerto No.1 in G major – Anders Jonhäll, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, David Afkham
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.4 in E flat major "Romantic" – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, David Afkham
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.91 in E flat major – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Christian Zacharias
Silent Night: Christmas Concert 2015 – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Kraemer
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.4 in C minor – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, David Afkham
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor – Kit Armstrong, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano
Alban Berg: Violin Concerto – Alina Pogostkina, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, David Afkham
Johan Svendsen: Cello Concerto in D major – Ernst Simon Glaser, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C major – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Shelley
William Walton: Symphony No.1 in B flat minor – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Shelley
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor – Jan Lisiecki, Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem – Gothenburg Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Joana Carneiro
Dollhouse: a concert performance of Martin Fröst
Franz Schubert: Symphony No.9 in C major – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, David Afkham
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