More than one hundred first-class musicians have the Berwald Hall in Stockholm as their home base. Together they form the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and since all concerts are broadcast live they also serve as a symphony orchestra for the whole of Sweden.
The high calibre of the ensemble has been developed over the years by a series of prominent principal conductors. Founded in 1936, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra developed into an ensemble of world standard in the 1960s under the leadership of the great Rumanian maestro Sergiu Celibidache (music director 1965–1971). Celibidache was succeeded by Herbert Blomstedt, who led the orchestra from 1977 to 1982. In 1984 the 25-year-old Esa-Pekka Salonen arrived, bringing fresh ideas and innovative repertoire, and ten years later Yevgeny Svetlanov took over the reins. Between 2000 and 2006 Manfred Honeck gave the orchestra a strong Viennese flavour.
Today the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra ranks among Europe’s foremost orchestras. During the current artistic leadership of Daniel Harding the orchestra has become one of the most interesting and diverse orchestras in the world, collaborating continuously with leading conductors, soloists and composers.
A strong commitment to contemporary music is clearly reflected in the orchestra’s repertoire, and works by Swedish and international composers are frequently commissioned. The orchestra tours regularly in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, appearing at many important concert venues and at major festivals, and is also the backbone of the annual Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm.
For more information please see www.berwaldhallen.se