East meets West, and two classical forms of music blend together when the great Persian singer Homayoun Shajarian, composer Tahmoures Pournazeri and musician Sohrab Pournazeri play their music together with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Hans Ek.
Through his ability to create modern day music, regardless of origin and genre, the conductor and arranger Hans Ek has acquired a very special position in Swedish music life. This has led to fruitful collaborations with artists such as Laleh, Veronica Maggio, The Metropole Orchestra, Michael Nyman, Reneé Fleming and many more. The audience in Gothenburg Concert Hall has met him in concerts such as Bowie in Berlin, Kosmische Musik and A Tribute to Björk where the music seamlessly moved across eras and genres far beyond what one would expect.
Now he is back with another exciting musical meeting where classical music from the east meets classical music from the west. Expect another unexpected trip with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra – this time together with the great Persian singer Homayoun Shajarian, composer Tahmoures Pournazeri on string instruments and tanbur and Sohrab Pournazeri on kamanche.
The Gothenburg Symphony, 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. Barbara Hannigan and Christoph Eschenbach are principal guest conductors since 2019.
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. During his celebrated tenure as music director (2007-2012), Gustavo Dudamel took the Orchestra to major music centres and festivals in Europe, making acclaimed appearances at BBC Proms and Vienna Musikverein.
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 gsoplay.se. The orchestra has been involved in many prestigious recording projects, the latest one the complete Sibelius Symphonies with Santtu-Matias Rouvali for Alpha Classics. Earlier, the orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland.
Hans Ek Conductor
Homayoun Shajarian soloist
Tahmoures Pournazeri soloist
Sohrab Pournazeri soloist
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