Guide to the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

« Santtu-Matias Rouvali is an exciting conductor to watch. The young Finn looks even younger than his 30 years and conducts with his entire body, moving with the athleticism of a gymnast and the grace of a dancer. Add a mane of curls to outdo Dudamel and knee bends to win a limbo dancing contest and the result is quite a package. [...] Rouvali is a huge emerging talent, imparting boundless energy to his orchestra [...]. I’ll look forward to seeing him develop. »
David Karlin, January 2016

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. 

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GothenburgShostakovich - Violin Concerto no. 2

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto no. 2 in C sharp minor, Op.129
Gothenburg Symphony; Andrey Boreyko; Vadim Gluzman

GothenburgAnton Webern´s Slow Movement

Webern: Langsamer Satz
Gothenburg Symphony; Christian Zacharias
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The GSO on Youtube
Visit the Youtube channel of the Göteborgs Symfoniker, The Swedish National Orchestra with Principal Guest Conductor Kent Nagano and Honorary Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, to see live recorded concerts, interviews, GSO TV, and much more

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GothenburgTwo Nordic Geniuses

Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich
Gothenburg Symphony; Klaus Mäkelä; Daniel Lozakovich


Hillborg, of Bingen, Telemann, Piazzolla, Schumann, Lutosławski, Jennefelt, Messiaen, Traditional Jewish, Bartók
Gothenburg Symphony; Martin Fröst

GothenburgFilm Festival: Ingmar Bergman Centenary

Gothenburg Symphony; Frank Strobel
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Rouvali brings Kullervo to Gothenburg

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.
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A majestic Boris Godunov in Stockholm

The Stockholm Concert Hall hosts the Göteborg Symphonic Orchestra and Opera Chorus for a concert performance of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov.
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Songs from the heart

Antonello Manacorda, the Gothenburg Symphony and Lisa Larsson show that the most beautiful route from Germany to America is the one via Sweden.
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