“One of the world’s most formidable ensembles” (The Guardian). The Gothenburg 
Symphony, founded in 1905, is the celebrated regional team of players that has also earned world-wide recognition.

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Our close to 5000 orchestral subscribers love the passionate, vibrant performances of the orchestra. Gothenburg is the second largest town in Sweden with a rich cultural life, including the crowd-attracting 1935 Concert Hall renowned for its excellent acoustics and stylish design. The orchestra performs more than 100 concerts a year and receives excellent reviews. The popular outdoor concerts on Götaplatsen, the square adjoining the Concert Hall, and in the large central park Slottsskogen draws audiences of up to 25 000 spectators. Even more people are reached on the live concerts available on gsoplay.co, the web and our app, numbering more than 600 000 viewers. These concerts are recorded in, and broadcast from, the orchestra’s own studio which produces two new concerts each month – available free of charge both live and on demand. The orchestra’s outreaching school and educational programs have received much international attention. Together with Gustavo Dudamel, the Gothenburg Symphony, local administration and music teachers created the first El Sistema branch in Sweden. 

The Gothenburg Symphony has toured the USA, Europe, Japan and the Far East and performed at major music centres and festivals throughout the world. Since 2013, the distinguished American conductor Kent Nagano is the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor. During the 2014/2015 season, Kent Nagano and other artists will join the Gothenburg Symphony in presenting major works by 150th anniversaries Richard Strauss, Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. The season’s guests include Herbert Blomstedt, Han-Na Chang, Gustavo Dudamel, Neeme Järvi, Christian Zacharias, Hilary Hahn, Yefim Bronfman and many others.

During Neeme Järvi’s tenure (1982-2004), the orchestra became a major international force, and in 1997 was appointed The National Orchestra of Sweden. During five years as the Orchestra’s Music Director (2007-2012), Gustavo Dudamel made acclaimed appearances at the BBC Proms and Vienna Musikverein with the Gothenburg Symphony.

In recent years Chandos has released several praised recordings with the orchestra, including music by Weinberg, Alban Berg and Atterberg. The cycles of Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen, Stenhammar and Tchaikovsky on BIS and Deutsche Grammophon are among the top recommendations. The latest DG release is a 3 CD box with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Bruckner, Sibelius and Nielsen.