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Guide to the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


The Gothenburg Symphony (Göteborgs Symfoniker) was founded in 1905, and now numbers 109 players. The orchestra gives around 100 concerts annually in the Gothenburg Concert Hall, renowned for its fine architecture and excellent acoustics. In recognition of the orchestra’s role as an ambassador of Swedish music, as well as its high artistic level, the GSO was appointed to The National Orchestra of Sweden in 1997.

Among the orchestra’s previous Principal Conductors are Sergiu Comissiona, Sixten Ehrling and Charles Dutoit. During Neeme Järvi's leadership from 1982 to 2004, the orchestra became a major international force, touring around the world and making celebrated recordings. Gustavo Dudamel continued that successful journey as Principal Conductor 2007-2012, and is now Honorary Conductor. Principal Guest Conductor designate is Kent Nagano. Santtu-Matias Rouvali is chief conductor for the 2017/18 season. 


Full of natural bounce: Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
Gothenburg Symphony's new Chief Conductor is young, Finnish and a bundle of restless energy. He doesn't eat before rehearsals, and tells the orchestra what he wants through motion more than words.

Josef Kotek and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

© Public domain | Wikimedia Commons
Ahead of Gothenburg Symphony's stream on 19 January, we look at Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and the musician who inspired it. 

The story of Finlandia

Serious young man: Sibelius in 1892 by Eero Järnefelt © Public domain | Wikimedia Commons
Ahead of Gothenburg Symphony's concert celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence, we look at the story of Sibelius's Finlandia
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GotenburgoThree Mozart arias with Barbara Hannigan

© Musacchio & Ianniello Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Gothenburg Symphony; Barbara Hannigan

Viena(Encore) Look out little Ruth with Martin Grubinger

© Simon Pauly
Engel: Look out, little Ruth, Ragtime for marimba, percussion and piano
Gothenburg Symphony; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Martin Grubinger
agosto 2019
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GotenburgoHarry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets in concert

Williams: Film music for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Gothenburg Symphony; Timothy Henty

GotenburgoSeason Opening with Grieg

Higdon, Grieg, Shostakovich
Gothenburg Symphony; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Leif Ove Andsnes
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Ravels verspielte Klangwelten mit Alice Sara Ott

Alice Sara Ott © Esther Haase | Deutsche Grammophon
Santtu-Matias Rouvali und die Göteborger Symphoniker erkunden hingegen die dunklen Klänge Sibelius'.

Rouvali brings Kullervo to Gothenburg

Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
Sibelius' Kalevala-inspired epic is given the full treatment by the Orphei Drängar choir and the Gothenburg Symphony in Santtu-Matias Rouvali's inaugural concert as Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony.