Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (GSO; Swedish: Göteborgs Symfoniker) is a Swedish symphony orchestra based in Gothenburg. The GSO is resident at the Gothenburg Concert Hall at Götaplatsen. The orchestra received the title of the National Orchestra of Sweden (Swedish: Sveriges Nationalorkester) in 1997.

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (GSO)
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Concert hallGothenburg Concert Hall, Götaplatsen
Principal conductorSanttu-Matias Rouvali

The GSO was founded in 1905, with Heinrich Hammer as its first principal conductor. The composer Wilhelm Stenhammar was the orchestra's second principal conductor, from 1907 to 1922. In addition to Stenhammar conducting his own works, Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen made regular guest-conducting appearances with the GSO. The orchestra's fortunes waxed and waned in subsequent years, until the advent of Neeme Järvi as principal conductor, from 1982 to 2004.[1] Although the GSO has a broad repertoire, it has a special affinity for the works of the Nordic Late Romantic composers, such as Jean Sibelius and Edvard Grieg. During Järvi's tenure as principal conductor, the longest tenure of any principal conductor in the GSO's history, its reputation on the world stage was greatly increased, including sponsorships from Volvo and a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.[2] Järvi currently holds the title of Principal Conductor Emeritus (Chefdirigent Emeritus) with the GSO.

Gustavo Dudamel was principal conductor of the GSO from 2007 to 2012,[3][4] and now has the title of hedersdirigent (honorary conductor) of the GSO. Past principal guest conductors of the GSO have included Christian Zacharias. Kent Nagano became principal guest conductor and artistic advisor of the GSO as of the 2013–2014 season, with an initial contract of three years.[5] In August 2014, Santtu-Matias Rouvali first guest-conducted the GSO. In May 2016, the GSO announced the appointment of Rouvali as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2017–2018 season, with an initial contract of four years.[6][7] In May 2019, the GSO announced the extension of Rouvali's contract through 2025.[8]

In addition to Deutsche Grammophon, the orchestra has recorded commercially for such labels as BIS.[9][10]

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  1. ^ Tim Ashley (2001-07-27). "North stars". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  2. ^ Andrew Clements (2005-09-09). "Sibelius: The Symphonies, Gothenburg SO/ Jarvi(Deutsche Grammophon, four SACDs)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  3. ^ Reed Johnson (2008-11-23). "Conductor Gustavo Dudamel is riding a wave of Dudamania". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
  4. ^ "Dudamel förnyar kontrakt med Göteborgs Symfoniker till 2012" (Press release). Göteborgs Symfoniker. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
  5. ^ Malin Clausson (2012-08-30). "Nagano tar över efter Dudamel". Göteborgs-Posten. Archived from the original on 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  6. ^ "Gothenburg Symphony appoints Santtu-Matias Rouvali as Chief Conductor" (Press release). Harrison Parrott. 25 May 2016. Archived from the original on 7 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  7. ^ "31-årig dirigent ska leda symfonikerna i Goteborg". Sverige-Radio. 2016-05-25. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  8. ^ "Rouvali förlänger sitt kontrakt" (Press release). Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  9. ^ Andrew Clements (2004-08-06). "Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6; Francesca da Rimini: Gothenburg Symphony/ Järvi (BIS)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  10. ^ Tim Ashley (2006-05-04). "Gubaidulina: The Deceitful Face of Hope and of Despair; Sieben Worte, Bezaly/ Miki/ Thedeen/ Gothenburg Symphony/ Vanzago (BIS)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-07-22.


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