Helena Juntunen, soprano, début at Carnegie Hall in 2003. Festivals at which
is regularly featured with the she has appeared include Aix-en-Provence, the
National Opera and Savonlinna Wiener Festwochen and the Salzburg Festival.
Festival in her native Finland. Helena Juntunen has participated on several
She has also appeared with previous BIS releases, the most recent ones being
opera companies across Europe, Sibelius – ‘Spirit of Nature’ [BIS-CD-1565] and
including the Dresden Staatsoper Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Minnesota
and Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels. She is active Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä [BIS-CD-1616].
in concert and recitals, making her New York recital
Anne Soﬁe von Otter is consid- Palais Garnier in Paris, Vienna’s State Opera and
ered as one of the ﬁnest singers of the Metropolitan Opera as well as the festivals of
her generation and is sought after Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne and Drottningholm,
by many of the major conductors, to name but a few.
orchestras and opera companies An equally busy concert career has brought
of the world. Born in Sweden, Anne Soﬁe von Otter regularly to the major halls of
her studies began in Stockholm Europe and North America and she enjoys a regular
and continued with Vera Rozsa at London’s Guild- partnership with some of the world’s pre-eminent
hall. She commenced her professional career as a conductors. She is also an acclaimed recitalist
principal member of the Basel Opera before she was and appears around the globe with her long-time
launched on an international opera career, appear- accompanist, Bengt Forsberg.
ing at venues such as Covent Garden, La Bastille and
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Monica Groop’s wide-rang- Orchestra appearances include the Chicago
ing career is based upon a rep- Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York
ertory of great musical adven- Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia
turousness – a rich and varied Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Symphonie-Orchester
mixture of baroque music, des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Dresden Staatskapelle,
classical repertoire and modern Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Orchestre National
masters. She made her profes- de France and Wiener Symphoniker under such
sional début with the Finnish National Opera in conductors as Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink,
1987, and has been an international mainstay since Zubin Mehta, Sir Colin Davis, Herbert Blomstedt,
her London début at Covent Garden in the highly Neeme Järvi, Myung Whun Chung, Franz Welser-
acclaimed 1991 Wagner Ring Cycle conducted by Möst, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo
Bernard Haitink. She has performed with many of Berglund and the late Sir Georg Solti.
the world’s foremost opera companies including the An accomplished recitalist, Ms Groop has given
Bayerische Staatsoper, Covent Garden, the Royal solo recitals at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice
Opera of Stockholm, the opera houses in Los Ange- Tully Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Musikverein
les, Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris and the New York in Vienna, appearing regularly with pianists András
City Opera. Schiff, Roger Vignoles and Ilmo Ranta.
The Finnish mezzo-soprano Lilli also makes appearances at other prestigious opera
Paasikivi studied singing at the houses, such as Le Châtelet in Paris, La Monnaie in
Royal College of Music in Stock- Brussels and l’Opéra de Lyon and at festivals such
holm under Solwig Grippe, at the as Savonlinna Opera Festival and Aix-en-Provence.
Royal College of Music in Lon- Lilli Paasikivi is in demand for concerts at major
don under Neil Mackie and as a music centres all over the world and has worked
private pupil of Dame Janet with conductors such as Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Esa-
Baker. Since the autumn of 1998 she has been a Pekka Salonen, Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Ashkenazy,
soloist with the Finnish National Opera, but she Mariss Jansons and Sir Simon Rattle.
The baritone Raimo Laukka including Bonn, Strasbourg and Berlin, as well as at
studied at the Sibelius Academy the Savonlinna Opera Festival.
in Helsinki from 1983 until 1988. His repertoire include rôles such as Figaro in
He has won numerous national The Barber of Seville, the Count in The Marriage of
singing competitions and was Figaro, the title rôle in Eugene Onegin, Don Carlos
a ﬁnalist at the International in La forza del destino and Wolfram in Tannhäuser.
Belvedere Singing Competition In addition to opera, Raimo Laukka also appears
in Vienna in 1988. The following year he was en- in recital and as a soloist, and has performed in
gaged by Finnish National Opera as a soloist. Laukka Europe and the United States under such conduc-
has appeared at many of Europe’s opera houses, tors as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Leif Segerstam
and Neeme Järvi.
The Finnish bass-baritone Jorma He has also served as Artistic Director for the Finnish
Hynninen studied at the Sibelius National Opera and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival
Academy in Helsinki, and also in Finland.
took lessons from Luigi Ricci in Hynninen’s international career includes per-
Rome and Kurt Overhoff in Salz- formances at the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State
burg. He sang at his ﬁrst public Opera, La Scala, Bavarian State Opera in Munich,
concert in 1970 in Helsinki and as well as the opera houses in Paris, Hamburg,
the same year made his début with the Finnish Barcelona, Geneva and Berlin. He has combined this
National Opera Company, remaining as a permanent with regular appearances in the concert hall with the
member of the company until 1990. His most nota- world’s leading orchestras and conductors such as
ble roles are Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze de Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Mazur and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Figaro and Pelléas in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.
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Leonidas Kavakos (b. 1967) is London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia
one of today’s most sought-after Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the
violinists. Born into a musical major radio orchestras of Germany. He made his
family, Kavakos began studying BBC Proms début in 1992.
the violin at the age of ﬁve and Distinguished conductors featured in Kavakos’s
continued his studies with Stel- career include Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit,
ios Kafantaris at the Greek Con- Neeme Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yevgeny Svetlanov,
servatory, where he obtained his violin diploma at Yuri Temirkanov, Sándor Végh and Franz Welser-Möst.
the age of 16. After further studies, including mas- Parallel to his solo career, chamber music and
terclasses with Joseph Gingold, Kavakos won the In- festival appearances also feature in Kavakos’s
ternational Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 1985 diary: apart from appearing at his own annual
and the silver medal at the Indianapolis International chamber music festival at the Athens Megaron,
Violin Competition in 1986, before going on in 1988 he regularly appears in several European chamber
to take ﬁrst prizes at both the Naumburg Foundation music festivals including Osnabrück in Germany,
Competition in New York and the Paganini Competition Prades in France and Korsholm in Finland. Chamber
in Genoa all before he was 21. music partners include Bella Davidovich, Natalia
Kavakos regularly performs with the world’s great- Gutman, Nobuko Imai, Kim Kashkashian and
est orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Mstislav Rostropovich.
Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnes- Kavakos plays the”Falmouth” Stradivarius of 1692.
ota Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,
The violinist, conductor and Among the orchestras he has conducted are the
composer Jaakko Kuusisto BBC Concert Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Sympho-
(b.1974) studied the violin at the ny Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Lahti Sym-
Sibelius Academy and at Indi- phony Orchestra. His complete recordings for BIS of
ana University. He won the Kuo- Sibelius’s early violin works and piano trios have
pio Violin Competition in 1989 been very well received.
and has won top prizes in the Jaakko Kuusisto was appointed leader of the
Sibelius, Indianapolis and Carl Nielsen competitions. Lahti Symphony Orchestra in 1999. He has a special
In 1997 he reached the ﬁnals in the Queen Elisabeth interest in jazz and has also studied composition.
competition in Brussels. His works have been performed widely and The
Appearances as soloist and chamber musician Canine Kalevala, his second opera, was a massive
have taken him to China, Japan, the USA and many success at the 2004 Savonlinna Opera Festival.
European countries, for instance with the Minnesota Together with his brother Pekka, he is artistic director
Orchestra and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. of the Tuusula Lake Chamber Music Festival.
Born in Korea, Dong-Suk Kang appeared with many major orchestras at some of the
went to New York in 1967 to world’s most prestigious venues and festivals.
study at the Juilliard School and Dong-Suk Kang’s strong interest in chamber
later at the Curtis Institute with music has resulted in his participation at various
Ivan Galamian. Following a debut chamber music festivals including those in Spoleto,
at the Kennedy Center and an Santa Fe, Kuhmo, Seattle, and Newport and at the
appearance with Seiji Ozawa, he Australian Festival of Chamber Music. As a guest
went on to win top prizes in a number of international artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln
competitions including the Carl Flesch in London and Center he has performed in New York and toured
the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels. Since then he has throughout the USA.
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Nils-Erik Sparf is descended the foremost Swedish orchestras, in chamber music
from a long line of ﬁddlers from and as a soloist, performing both in Sweden and
the Swedish region of Dalecarlia internationally.
and began playing folk music at Sparf is also the leader of the Drottningholm
a very early age. He received his Baroque Ensemble and his 1984 recording, on
professional training at Royal baroque violin, of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the
College of Music in Stockholm, ensemble is still regularly cited as a benchmark
from which he graduated in 1971 with a soloist performance. Nils-Erik Sparf has been a member of
diploma, continuing his studies at the Prague Academy the Swedish Royal Academy of Music since 1992.
of Music. Since 1973 he has been active as leader of
Marko Ylönen was a ﬁnalist at New Zealand and the USA. He has been principal
the Turku Cello Competition when cellist of the Tapiola Sinfonietta, principal solo
he was only ﬁfteen. In 1990 he cellist of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and
won second prize at the Nordic a member of the New Helsinki Quartet; since 2000
Cello Competition in Turku and he has been a senior teacher of cello and cham-
sixth prize at the Tchaikovsky ber music at the Sibelius Academy. He studied at
Competition in Moscow. In 1996 the Sibelius Academy and at the Basel Academy of
he won the Concert Artists Guild Competition in Music. Marko Ylönen was also artistic director of the
New York. Marko Ylönen has appeared widely as a Korsholm Festival in the summer of 2003. He has
soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Australia, premièred several works by Finnish composers.
Torleif Thedéen is one of the active as a chamber musician and as such appears
most highly regarded musicians in prestigious concert venues worldwide such as the
in Scandinavia. He gained inter- Wigmore Hall in London, the Carnegie Recital Hall in
national recognition in 1985 by New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
winning three of the world’s most He often participates in prestigious music festi-
prestigious cello competitions. vals, among them the Prague Spring Festival and
Since then he has been giving the festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Bordeaux, Oslo
concerts all over the world. Thedéen regularly plays and Stavanger. He is also a professor at the Edsberg
with some of the world’s major orchestras, – among Music Institute in Stockholm. Since 1986 Thedéen
them the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of has recorded numerous CDs for BIS featuring stand-
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony ard repertoire works as well as contemporary music.
Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech His CD of the Shostakovich cello concertos (BIS-CD-
Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic 626) won a Cannes Classical Award in 1995 and his
Orchestra and Israel Sinfonietta – under conductors recording of J.S. Bach’s suites for solo cello (BIS-CD-
such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Neeme 803/04) was warmly received upon its release in
Järvi, Franz Welser-Möst, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, 2000. In 2003 Torleif Thedéen received the Swedish
Leif Segerstam and Eri Klas. Torleif Thedéen is also Litteris et Artibus medal.
As a gifted student who began piano competition in 1968, and was appointed full
his earlier musical education in professor of piano and head of piano studies in 1986
Helsinki and at the Moscow Con- at the Sibelius Academy.
servatory, Erik T. Tawaststjerna Besides being a co-director of the biennial Espoo
studied with Dieter Weber at International Piano Festival, Erik T. Tawaststjerna
the Vienna Music Academy and has been on the juries of a number of international
Sascha Gorodnitzki at the Julliard competitions including the José Iturbi Competition,
School. He also studied with Eugene List at New the AXA Piano Competition, the Weimar Liszt Compe-
York University from which he holds a doctorate. tition, the London International Piano Competition,
Tawaststjerna won a top prize at a national Finnish and the International Beethoven Competition.
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Folke Gräsbeck has performed won ﬁrst prize in the Maj Lind Competition in 1973.
more than 200 of Sibelius’s He made numerous study visits to London, where
c. 550 compositions, and has he was taught privately by Maria Curcio-Diamond.
given the world première per- He also studied under Erik T. Tawaststjerna at the
formances of 82 of them. He was Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and became a Master
the ﬁrst pianist to give a recital of Music there in 1997. He has performed some thirty
at the new Sibelius Hall in Lahti piano concertos and given performances as a recit-
(14th March 2000), playing a programme exclusively alist, chamber player and Lied accompanist in the
devoted to Sibelius piano music premières. His USA, Egypt, Israel, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mexico
Sibelius repertoire also includes the Piano Quintet as well as in many European countries. He has made
in G minor, the four piano quartets and the complete numerous recordings for BIS, many of which are
works for piano trio. In 1996 he was awarded the included in the company’s ongoing Sibelius edition.
medal of Sibelius’s Birthplace in Hämeenlinna.
Folke Gräsbeck studied the piano under Tarmo
Huovinen at the Turku Conservatory (1962-74) and
Born in Sweden, Bengt Forsberg recitals at some of the world’s most prestigious venues.
studied at the School of Music Bengt Forsberg also performs as a soloist with
and Music Education of Gothen- orchestra and has worked with all major Swedish
burg University, continuing his orchestras as well as many outside of Sweden. As
studies with Peter Feuchtwanger a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist
in London and with Herman D. Forsberg eagerly promotes music by lesser-known
Koppel in Copenhagen. He is composers such as Korngold, Medtner, Suk and
very active as a chamber musician and accompanist Karg-Elert, as well as rarely-heard music by more
and collaborates regularly with artists such as the well-known composers such as Fauré, Sibelius,
cellist Mats Lidström, the violinist Nils-Erik Sparf and Franck, Messiaen and Janácek.
Anne Soﬁe von Otter, with whom he frequently gives
The Tempera Quartet, formed Kuhmo, Helsinki, Turku and Naantali festivals – and
in 1997, has rapidly gained was nominated by the ‘Finland Festivals’ organization
prominence as an outstanding as Young Artist of the Year in 2001.
young ensemble in its native The quartet has a busy international concert
Finland. The ensemble has also schedule abroad, having toured throughout Europe,
received international acclaim, in Japan and the United Arab Emirates. Since 2004
and during the 2000/01 season the Tempera Quartet has been responsible for the
took part in the ’Rising Stars’ scheme of the artistic direction of the Riihimäki Summer Concerts
European Concert Hall Organization. This resulted chamber music festival. The Tempera Quartet has
in successful début recitals at the Carnegie Hall in had a broad musical education with studies at the
New York, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Musik- Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Edsberg Music
verein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Institute in Sweden and the Royal College of Music
the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Cité de la in London where the players took their Master of
Musique in Paris and the Cologne Philharmonie, Music degrees in chamber music studies in 2000.
as well as a second visit to the Symphony Hall, Their teachers have included Risto Fredriksson,
Birmingham, where the quartet had ﬁrst performed Mats Zetterqvist, Simon Rowland-Jones and the
in 1999. The Tempera Quartet has performed at most Chilingirian Quartet.
Finnish chamber music festivals – among them the
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Praised for his intense, dynamic His numerous recordings for BIS continue to attract
performances, his compelling, the highest acclaim; the ﬁrst release in his Beethoven
innovative interpretations of the symphony cycle with the Minnesota Orchestra has
standard, contemporary and already broadcast the exceptional dynamism of this
Nordic repertoires and the close musical partnership to audiences worldwide. Mean-
rapport he establishes with the while Vänskä is heavily in demand internationally as
orchestral musicians he leads, a guest conductor with the world’s leading orches-
Osmo Vänskä is the Minnesota Orchestra’s tenth tras, enjoying regular relationships with such as the
music director as well as principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony
Lahti Symphony Orchestra in Finland. Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra,
He began his musical career as a clarinettist, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and
occupying the co-principal’s chair in the Helsinki National Symphony Orchestra of Washington.
Philharmonic Orchestra for several years. After stud- Among the many honours and distinctions he has
ying conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, been awarded are the Pro Finlandia medal, a Royal
he won ﬁrst prize in the 1982 Besançon Internatio- Philharmonic Society Award, Musical America’s Con-
nal Young Conductor’s Competition. His conducting ductor of the Year Award in 2004, the Sibelius Medal
career has featured substantial commitments to such in 2005 and the Finlandia Foundation Arts and Let-
orchestras as the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Iceland Sympho- ters Award in 2006.
ny Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Neeme Järvi was born in Tallinn, Conductor Järvi’s ties with the orchestra remain
Estonia in 1937 and graduated strong.
from the Leningrad Conserva- One of the world’s most recorded conductors,
tory in 1960. His career started in Neeme Järvi is represented on more than sixty BIS
Estonia, where he co-founded CDs. These include complete cycles of sympho-
the Estonian Radio Chamber Or- nies by the Swedish composers Stenhammar and
chestra and was appointed prin- Alfvén as well as his pioneering Sibelius record-
cipal conductor of the Estonian Radio Symphony ings with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and
Orchestra in 1963. acclaimed cycles of Tubin and Martinů symphonies.
Since emigrating from Estonia to the USA in Of the many accolades and awards that have been
1980, Neeme Järvi has been one of the world’s most bestowed upon Neeme Järvi, he takes greatest
sought-after conductors. He has conducted most pride in those conferred by his native Estonia.
of the principal orchestras in the world - the Berlin These include an honorary doctorate from the Music
Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Academy of Estonia in Tallinn and the Order of the
France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Philadel- National Coat of Arms from the President of the
phia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Republic of Estonia. Additionally, he has been
to name but a few. 1982 saw the beginning of his chosen as one of the ‘Estonians of the Twentieth
close relationship with the Gothenburg Symphony Century’. Neeme Järvi is also a member of the
Orchestra, a collaboration which celebrated its Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and in 1990 he
20th anniversary in 2002. After stepping down as received the Swedish title of Knight Commander of
principal conductor in 2004, as Emeritus Principal the North Star.
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Dominante is a mixed choir that was established Dominante has performed major works with such
in 1975 and draws the majority of its members orchestras as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,
from the Helsinki University of Technology. The Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
choir has gained an international reputation as a and Lahti Symphony Orchestra, and has collabo-
dynamic group of young singers renowned for its rated with the Finnish National Opera and Helsinki
boldness and versatility. Since 1981 the choir’s City Theatre. Concert tours have taken Dominante
artistic director has been Seppo Murto. all over the world.
The Helsinki University Chorus (YL), founded in at home in popular music. Throughout its existence,
1883, is the oldest Finnish-language choir in Finland. YL has worked with the leading Finnish composers,
The worldwide reputation which YL enjoys today and some of Sibelius’s most famous works for male
is due to its extensive foreign tours and numerous choir were commissioned and premièred by the
recordings. The choir made the ﬁrst of many European choir. Ever since the reign of its ﬁrst conductor, P.J.
tours in the 1930s and has also undertaken several Hannikainen, the choir has been directed by key
long tours in North America and in the Far East. ﬁgures in Finnish music such as Heikki Klemetti,
The repertoire of YL extends from mediæval music to Selim Palmgren, Martti Turunen, Ensti Pohjola,
the very latest modern works, and the choir is equally Heikki Peltola and, since 1980, Matti Hyökki.
The Jubilate choir of 40 singers was founded in 1968 Class in the EBU ‘Let the Peoples Sing’ competition
by its present conductor, Astrid Riska. Its repertoire and followed this in 1998 with ﬁrst prize in the Guido
includes a range of styles from Gregorian chant to d’Arezzo competition in Italy. Jubilate has collabo-
20th-century works, but with a strong partiality for rated with a number of Finnish orchestras, including
Finnish music. Jubilate has appeared in many parts the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki
of Europe and in Israel, Japan and the United States. Philharmonic Orchestra and the Avanti! Chamber
In 1990 it won the ﬁrst prize in the Chamber Choir Orchestra.
It is often said that Orphei Drängar’s most impor- In 1951, Eric Ericson was appointed conductor
tant tradition is renewal. Since the choir was founded – a post he held until 1991. Ericson introduced a
in 1853, OD has striven to develop and ﬁnd new large quantity of new music to the repertoire, both
outlets for the male-voice choir as an instrument Swedish and international pieces, and worked
of musical expression. Its determination to be an purposefully to create a ﬂexible, muscular choral
élite choir was clear from the outset, and by the sound. During this period a conscious effort was
late 1880s the choir was already undertaking long made to extend and renew the male choir reper-
foreign tours. In 1910 Hugo Alfvén was appointed toire, and this process is continuing under Ericson’s
as the choir’s conductor, and during his 37 years in successor Robert Sund. OD has undertaken success-
this position the choir developed towards becoming ful concert tours to the Far East, the United States,
what he termed a ‘vocal orchestra’ – a large, pow- Canada, Mexico, central Europe, England and the
erful body of sound with the potential to hold its Nordic countries.
own in competition with the expressive range of a
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The Lahti Symphony Orchestra (Sinfonia Lahti)
has, under the direction of its chief conductor Osmo
Vänskä, developed into one of the most notable in
Europe. Since 2000 the orchestra has been based
at the wooden Sibelius Hall (with internationally
renowned acoustics by Artec Consultants from New
York). The orchestra has undertaken many out-
standing recording projects for BIS, winning two
Gramophone Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque from
the Académie Charles Cros, two Cannes Classical
Awards and a Midem Classical Award. In 2004 the
orchestra gained a platinum disc for its recording
‘Sibelius – Music from Timo Koivusalo’s ﬁlm’; it has
also earned several gold discs, for example for its
recordings of the original version of Sibelius’s Vio-
lin Concerto (1992) and Finnish Hymns (2001). The Vienna and at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, and
orchestra has played at numerous music festivals, has also toured in Germany, Russia, Spain, Japan,
including the BBC Proms in London and the White the USA and China. In 2003, Japanese music critics
Nights festival in St. Petersburg. The orchestra has voted the orchestra’s performance of Sibelius’s Kull-
performed in Amsterdam, at the Musikverein in ervo as Japan’s best classical concert of the year.
The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Göte- Under Neeme Järvi, its principal conductor from
borgs Symfoniker) was founded in 1905, and now 1982 until 2004, the GSO became a major musical
numbers 109 players. One of the ﬁrst of the orches- force and since the 2003/04 season Järvi has
tra’s conductors was the great Swedish composer continued to work with the orchestra as principal
Wilhelm Stenhammar (appointed principal conduc- conductor emeritus. Succeeding him is the Swiss
tor in 1906) who contributed strongly to the Nor- conductor Mario Venzago. Principal guest conduc-
dic proﬁle of the orchestra, inviting his colleagues tors are Christian Zacharias (classical repertoire) and
Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to conduct their own Peter Eötvös (modern and contemporary repertoire).
works. Subsequent holders of the post include
The list of prominent guest conductors includes
Sergiu Comissiona and Sixten Ehrling.
Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux, Herbert von
Karajan, Myung-Whun Chung, Herbert Blomstedt,
Alexander Lazarev and Kent Nagano.
For BIS the orchestra has recorded the complete
symphonies of Sibelius, Stenhammar and Svendsen,
as well as works by Nielsen, Schnittke and Eduard
Tubin – discs that have won several international
awards. In recognition of the orchestra’s role as an
ambassador of Swedish music, as well as its high
artistic level, in 1997 the GSO was appointed the
National Orchestra of Sweden. The orchestra makes
major international tours every season. Destinations
include the USA, Japan and the Far East as well as
the major European musical centres and festivals,
including the BBC Proms and the Salzburg Festival.