Ryan Bancroft – Chief Conductor Designate 2023/24
Photo: Nadja Sjöström
The 32-year-old award-winning American conductor Ryan Bancroft has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Ryan Bancroft begins his tenure from the 2023/24 season.
Bancroft’s first performance as Chief Conductor Designate will be the prestigious Nobel Prize Concert on December 8, 2021. The concert will be available to watch worldwide via the Nobel Prize YouTube channel (opens in a new window). For viewers in Sweden, it will also be livestreamed on SVT Play (opens in a new window).
Ryan Bancroft comments:
“It’s incredibly difficult to put into words what it means to be appointed Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra: moved, elated, overjoyed, and all other superlatives in between. This is an orchestra that knows how to set a gold standard of music making and takes very seriously music’s ability to communicate to people like you and me; no moment is taken for granted. In my inaugural concert as Chief Conductor we will perform the prominent Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström’s seminal work, The High Mass, for the first time in the orchestra’s history. I know this will be the first of many memorable performances together, and I for one cannot wait to see what the future holds for us.”
The orchestra’s Executive and Artistic Director Stefan Forsberg adds:
“We struck gold, he’s a unique talent! There is a fabulous chemistry and truly sparkling energy between Ryan and the Orchestra. His thoughtful readings of the score make every rehearsal and concert a revelation. With Ryan, we take off from an impressive and solid musical foundation built by his predecessors over the past 20 years, our Conductor Laureates Sakari Oramo and Alan Gilbert.”
Ryan Bancroft debuted with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019. He first came to international attention the previous year, when he won both First Prize and Audience Prize at the prestigious Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen.
“Ryan is nothing less than a great discovery”, Stefan Forsberg continues. “The future for this partnership looks dazzlingly bright. And how appropriate to present our Chief Conductor Designate during the Nobel week along with the Nobel laureates awarded for discoveries.”
Forsberg stresses the importance of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s four core areas of interest: honouring musical traditions, performing both contemporary and Swedish music, and continuing the orchestra’s pioneering work on a more gender-balanced repertoire. Bancroft’s skills and openness complement these areas, as demonstrated by the upcoming Nobel Prize Concert's blend of classical, Swedish and contemporary repertoire.
Beyond the Nobel Prize Concert, Bancroft returns to Stockholm in March 2022 to conduct music by Elgar and MacMillan. He will also conduct the opening of the 2022/23 season, featuring Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Widely-acknowledged as one of the finest conductors of his generation, Ryan Bancroft was born in 1989, and grew up in Los Angeles. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and in the Netherlands at the Nationale Master Orkestdirectie.
Bancroft lives in London. He currently serves as Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Artist in Association with the Tapiola Sinfonietta. He was recently announced the winner of the Conductor Award at the 2021 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1902 and has since 1926 made its home in Konserthuset Stockholm in the city centre. The orchestra endeavours to reinvigorate and expand the traditional symphonic repertoire, organising an annual, internationally renowned composer festival and regularly commissioning and premiering new works.
The orchestra regularly works with a prestigious list of guest conductors, for instance Nathalie Stutzmann, Karina Canellakis, Herbert Blomstedt, Simone Young and Andris Nelsons, alongside the orchestra’s title conductors Sakari Oramo and Alan Gilbert (Conductor Laureates) and Franz Welser-Möst (Eric Ericson Honorary Chair).
The orchestra also participates annually at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. Through tours and award-winning recordings the orchestra has confirmed its international standing, to the point of being called ‘one of the finest orchestras in the world’ (Die Welt).
The orchestra’s digital platform, Konserthuset Play, offers a large selection of filmed performances available for free streaming worldwide.
One of them features Ryan Bancroft and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, it can be seen here: Konserthuset Play
Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Cellist Sol Gabetta and conductor Ryan Bancroft – two charismatic artists together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in this year’s Nobel Prize Concert.Wednesday 8 December 2021 19.00
Sol Gabetta. Photo: Julia Wesely
Ryan Bancroft. Photo: Ben Ealovega
Medlemmar ur Kungliga Filharmonikerna. Foto: Mats LundqvistGenre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Cellist Sol Gabetta and conductor Ryan Bancroft – two charismatic artists together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in this year’s Nobel Prize Concert.
Wednesday 8 December 2021 19.00Ends approximately 21.00
Price:350–1.090 SEK including one drink in the intermission.
The Nobel Prize Concert, an annual event, is part of the official Nobel Week programme and is a tribute to the year's Nobel Prize laureates. It is presented by Nobel Prize Outreach in collaboration with Konserthuset Stockholm. In addition to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, top-level soloists and conductors are featured.
Sol Gabetta performs regularly with world-leading orchestras and conductors and has received several awards. Her charismatic stage personality and captivating interpretations have paved the way for a career that has taken her to the most prestigious stages and festivals. At the 2021 Nobel Prize Concert, she is the soloist in Camille Saint-Saëns' Cello Concert No. 1 − a radiant and blossoming piece of music that is considered one of the most beautiful compositions for the Instrument. The concert marks her debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at Konserthuset Stockholm.
The concert begins with Excelsior! – a Swedish orchestral piece filled with ecstatic energy that was composed in 1896 by a young Wilhelm Stenhammar, aged 25. This is followed by the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Saint-Saëns with soloist Sol Gabetta. Following the interval, American conductor Ryan Bancroft leads the orchestra in the rhythmic and whimsical piece The Spark Catchers, a 2017 work by British composer Hannah Kendall. The concert concludes with fiery orchestral dreams of Spain as conveyed by Nikolai Rimsky- Korsakov's playful and virtuosic Capriccio espagnol.
Ryan Bancroft is the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra's Chief Conductor Designate, starting his tenure from the 2023/24 season. His career has skyrocketed since he won the prestigious Malko Competition for Young Conductors in 2018. Since then he has conducted orchestras all around the United States and Europe. He is the principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales since 2020, and he is also Artist in Association with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in Finland.
The musicApproximate times
Otto Lindblad The Swedish Royal Anthem ’’The King’s Song’’2 min
Wilhelm Stenhammar Excelsior!15 min
Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 118 min
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin, version for cello and orchestra7 min
Hannah Kendall The Spark Catchers11 min
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol15 min
- Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Ryan Bancroft conductor
- Sol Gabetta cello