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 Orchestra (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.

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June 2017
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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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Gothenburg Symphony; Cristian Măcelaru; Gothenburg Symphony Choir

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Gothenburg Symphony; Kent Nagano

GothenburgThe Orchestra's skilled soloists

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