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Nobel Prize Concert 2020

Konserthuset Stockholm: Stora SalenHötorget 8, Stockholm, 10387, Sweden
Dates/times in Stockholm time zone
Tuesday 08 December 202019:00

The Nobel Prize Concert is an annual event of the highest international standard. The concert is part of the official programme during Nobel Week and is a tribute to the year’s Nobel Prize recipients. In addition to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, elite musicians and conductors also participate each year. 

Here, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is led by French Stéphane Denève, who works with the world’s foremost orchestras and who is also appreciated for his brilliant programming. He is chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic and music director of the American St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He debuted with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002 and last appeared with the orchestra in 2017.

The soloist at this year’s Nobel Prize Concert is pianist Igor Levit, acclaimed for his unparalleled interpretations of Beethoven’s music. He is a regular guest at Konserthuset and his recitals of Beethoven’s piano sonatas in February this year garnered significant attention and were unanimously critically acclaimed. In October, Levit will return for four more recitals, at which he will play the remaining sonatas.

At this year’s Nobel Prize Concert, we hear him perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, known as the Emperor Concerto. The first movement is powerful and begins with masterful cadences; the second movement is introverted, with a nearly improvisational solo section, while the finale is an energetic, dancing, jubilant rondo which Beethoven charged with contrasts and enormous pathos. 

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