Göteborgs Konserthus Virtuoso and Colorful Piano

Colors flow when Ryan Bancroft leads visiting Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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Since winning the famous Chopin Competition in 2015, South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho is one of the world’s most sought-after soloists. At this concert we hear him in Camille Saint-Saën’s colorful 5th Piano Concerto. It was composed in Luxor and because of the influences from there it is often called ‘the Egyptian one’. Saint-Saëns himself said that it represented a sea voyage.

We also get to hear Rachmaninov’s very last work, the symphonic dances in which the long-established American composer dreams of returning to Russia. Plus the American Pulitzer and Grammy Award winner Caroline Shaw’s dreamily imaginative Entr’acte, music inspired by Joseph Haydn.

The award-winning conductor Ryan Bancroft, also from the USA, leads the visiting Swedish Royal Philharmonic. As of this season, Bancroft is the orchestra’s chief conductor.

Dirigenten Ryan Bancroft lutar sig över ett notblad med pennan i hand, det går ljusstrålar från notbladet.


Get to know the classical pieces.

Introduction to the concert

Take a seat in the Great Hall one hour before the concert begins and learn more about the music you will soon experience! You will get the stories behind the music, knowledge of the composers and own reflections about the classical pieces. The introduction last for about 30 minutes, it is free and free seating in the hall. Warm welcome!


Shaw Entr'acte 12 min

Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No 5, "Egyptian" 29 min

Intermission 25 min

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances 35 min

Friday 19 April 2024: The event ends at approx. 20.00


The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1902 and the Stockholm Concert Hall has been the orchestra's home since 1926. Among the guest conductors are greats such as Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Herbert Blomstedt, Nathalie Stutzmann, Gianandrea Noseda and honorary conductors Sakari Oramo and Alan Gilbert. The orchestra has also started a close collaboration with the prominent Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst. The Royal Philharmonic's new chief conductor is the award-winning American Ryan Bancroft, who will formally take up his post starting with the 2023-2024 season. Finnish Sakari Oramo was the orchestra's chief conductor in the years 2008-2021. Together, over the years, they gained a lot of attention for both recordings and international tours. The German daily Die Welt described the Royal Philharmonic as "one of the world's best orchestras". The Royal Philharmonic has received a lot of attention for its recordings. Among these can be mentioned Carl Nielsen's six symphonies on three cd's (BIS), which were praised by critics worldwide and the CD with symphonies no. 1 and 3 was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Award for best classical orchestral production. Two cd's with recordings of Anders Hillborg's music have both been awarded the Swedish Grammis-award, and they have also released a cd with the American star soprano Renée Fleming.

Ryan Bancroft grew up in Los Angeles and first came to international attention when he won both first prize and the audience prize at the 2018 Malko Conducting Competition. Since then, his career has skyrocketed: in 2019 he was appointed new Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and after his first visit to Tapiola Sinfonietta, he was offered to become the orchestra's Artist in Association. He has also had successful collaborations with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In the 2023-2024 season, 33-year-old Ryan Bancroft takes over as the new chief conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm.

Seong-Jin Cho piano

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Nr 2 2019-2020 Camille Saint-Saëns

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Nr 4 2017-2018 Tonsättarporträtt: Sergej Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov har skrivit några av musikhistoriens mest spelade och älskade pianokonserter. På bilder ser han ofta sorgsen ut och blev bland annat kallad “två meter ryskt svårmod”. Det finns en sorgsen grundton i hans liv och den har sin berättelse.

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