Göteborgs Konserthus Orchestral brilliance with Rouvali

Event has already taken place. Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor, Baiba Skride violin, Kyiv Soloists

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali is often hailed for his ability to get to the very core of music. Or, as the Sunday Times wrote: “He’s the real deal, music practically flows from the man’s fingertips.” That can be experienced by the audience in this rich Nordic package: Sibelius’ Symphonies No. 6 and No. 7 and Nielsen’s Violin Concerto with the acclaimed violinist Baiba Skride.

The music at this concert was written in the early 20th century and revolves around both natural mysticism and bold influences from the continent – music from a transitional period shaped by two different artistic temperaments. Sibelius had his roots in the national romanticism but looked in his last two symphonies towards new worlds that have liberated themselves from the earthly and concrete. Carl Nielsen raised his ear to the continent where exciting things were happening in the 1910s, at the same time as he followed his own marked path in the violin concerto: rhythmic, virtuoso and with warmth in his eyes.

International, Latvian violinist Baiba Skride has previously received many ovations in the Gothenburg Concert Hall, and also on tour to Germany and Belgium.

Violinisten Baiba Skride håller i sin violin.

Kyiv Soloists

Ukrainian Kyiv Soloists were on a European tour when the war broke out. With no way back, they chose to use the music to support their country and fellow human beings affected by the war in their homeland. This evening they are visiting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra’s concert with a short work by the Ukrainian composer Miroslav Skoryk at the start of the second half of the concert.

Earlier the same week, they play their own benefit concert in Stenhammarsalen, 29 March 19.30.

“We play for peace. It is difficult to put our emotions into words…
our families are in Ukraine and we keep contact with them every day; with our parents, siblings and relatives. Our work is tough right now, but we play. Music helps us in this situation, and it is our duty to bring out Ukrainian culture.”
Anatoliy Vasylkivsky, Artistic Leader of the Kyiv Soloists

You who have a valid Ukrainian passport have free entry to the concert subject to availability, book your ticket at 031-7265300, biljett@gso.se.

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Music unites us and strengthens the bonds between people. We want to use all the power we can gather to support people affected by an indefensible attack. It is important that the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra can open the Concert Hall for Kyiv Soloists for a week. That we can all open our hearts and assist in the ways we can feels obvious.

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Introduction to the concert

Welcome to a free introduction to the concert one hour before the concert starts, in the Great Hall. The introduction is in Swedish.

Sound installation in the closet hall

In the colset hall you will meet composer Kajsa Antonsson’s sound installation Speaker Practice 3, a sound installation that explores the speaker as a room with material and acoustic properties just like the room they are in. As a visitor, you are encouraged to move around the room while listening and exploring the interface between the ear, speakers and room.


Sibelius Symphony No. 6 29 min

Nielsen Violin Concerto 35 min

Intermission 25 min

Skoryk Melody 3 min

Sibelius Symphony No. 7 21 min


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.

Hailed by The Guardian as "the latest sit-up-and-listen talent to emerge from the great Finnish conducting tradition," the 2018/19 season will see Santtu-Matias Rouvali continuing his positions as Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, alongside his longstanding Chief Conductor-ship with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra close to his home in Finland. Rouvali has regular relationships with several orchestras across Europe, including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. As well as making his debut with the Münchner Philharmoniker this season, he also returns to North America for concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Following a very successful Nordic tour with Hélène Grimaud last season, the Gothenburg Symphony is back on the road in February 2019 for a tour hitting major centres in Germany and Austria with pianist Alice Sara Ott, and percussionist Martin Grubinger who premieres a new percussion concert by Daníel Bjarnason. Rouvali looks forward to other ambitious touring projects with his orchestras in the future, including appearances in North America and Japan. In addition to the extensive tour, Rouvali's season in Gothenburg opens with Strauss' Alpine Symphony accompanied by Víkingur Ólafsson Mozart Piano Concerto No.24, and he looks forward to collaborations with Janine Jansen, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Baiba Skride throughout the rest of the season. As another cornerstone to his tenure in Gothenburg, he is adding his mark to the Orchestra's impressive recording legacy. In partnership with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and violinist Baiba Skride, a recording featuring concertos from Bernstein, Korngold and Rozsa is released in autumn 2018.This continues his great collaboration with Baiba Skride following their hugely successful recording of Nielsen and Sibelius' violin concertos with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in summer 2015. Rouvali has been Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013. Highlights of the tenure so far include a Sibelius symphony cycle in autumn 2015, and the Orchestra's first tour to Japan in spring 2017 where they were accompanied by an exhibition of original Moomin drawings by Tove Jansson to mark the opening of the new museum at the Tampere Hall. He opens the 2018/19 season with a Beethoven programme with pianist Javier Perianes. Alongside an extremely busy symphonic conducting career, as Chief Conductor in Tampere he has conducted Verdi's La forza del destino and most recently world premiere of Olli Kortekangas's My Brother's Keeper (Veljeni vartija) with Tampere Opera in spring 2018.

Baiba Skride violin

Kyiv Soloists stråkorkester

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