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05 Jul 2011

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (RSPO)

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (RSPO) celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2012 and, with its already rich history, continues to perform to international critical acclaim under its current Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor Sakari Oramo. Oramo was appointed in 2008, with his present contract lasting until 2018.

The Stockholm Concert Hall has been home to the orchestra since it was inaugurated in 1926. Designed in the style of a classical Greek temple by one of Sweden’s most prolific architects, Ivar Tengbom, the hall was built in the heart of the city both for the orchestra and as an arena for the Nobel Prize Ceremony and other such formal occasions. In addition to a full season of concerts and the annual Nobel Prize Concert, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra presents two annual festivals in the hall – the autumnal “Stockholm International Composer Festival” (having featured composers like Witold Lutoslawski, Kaija Saariaho, John Adams and Hans Werner Henze over an almost 30 year span), and “Composer Weekend” in the spring, focusing on a contemporary Swedish composer.

Furthermore, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is deeply engaged in the El sistema project of the Stockholm region. Leading the field in experimental projects, the orchestra has also performed a number of symphonic arrangements of video game music, including releases on CD. The resulting success led the orchestra’s programme to be chosen as a special focus of attention in a benchmark study of the international field of music education commissioned by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) of which the Stockholm Concert Hall is a leading member.