Vara Konserthus Gothenburg Symphony plays in Vara Concerthall

Event has already taken place. Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Elim Chan conductor, Bertrand Chamayou piano

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission

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Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra plays in Vara Concerthall with Elim Chan conductor and Bertrand Chamayou piano.

Award-winning French pianist Bertrand Chamayou takes on Saint-Saëns’ elegant, virtuose and original second piano concerto with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. The conductor is the internationally renowned Elim Chan, former head of Norrlandsoperan’s orchestra and new chief conductor in Antwerp.

In addition, Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, composed in 1943 in the US, to where Bartók fled from the Nazis who were ravaging Europe. He had also started to feel the symptoms of what would later be diagnosed as leukaemia. Perhaps he felt that time was running out, as this music is like a summary of his entire musical catalogue.

His love for folk music and a notably dance-friendly rhythmical drive are present. It’s also very beautiful: dense orchestral sounds burst into dulcet sceneries with elements of the Hungarian countryside.


Berlioz Le Corsaire, overture 9 min

Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No 2 23 min

Intermission 25 min

Bartók Concerto for Orchestra 39 min


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, called "one of the world's most formidable orchestras" by the Guardian, has toured the USA, Europe, Japan and the Far East and performed at major music centres and festivals throughout the world. Chief conductor is Santtu-Matias Rouvali who started his tenure in 2017. Kent Nagano has been principal guest conductor since 2013. Already at the orchestra's very first years, the great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar was appointed principal conductor, contributing strongly to the Nordic profile of the orchestra by inviting his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to conduct their own works. Subsequent holders of the post include Sergiu Comissiona, Sixten Ehrling and Charles Dutoit. During Neeme Järvi's tenure (1982-2004), the orchestra became a major international force. In 1997 it was appointed the National Orchestra of Sweden. The list of prominent guest conductors has included Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux, Herbert von Karajan, Myung-Whun Chung, Herbert Blomstedt and Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra also runs extensive concert projects for children, and regularly releases digital live concerts free on The orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels, including the complete orchestral music by Grieg and the complete symphonies of Sibelius, Nielsen, Stenhammar and Atterberg, and most recently orchestral music by Richard Strauss. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland.

Elim Chan conductor

Bertrand Chamayou piano

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