Johan Dalene. Photo: Nikolaj Lund
Medlemmar ur Kungliga Filharmonikerna. Foto: Mats Lundqvist
Sibelius and Monnakgotla
The young Swedish violinist Johan Dalene in a new violin concerto.
Thursday 13 April 2023 18.00Ends approximately 20.00
As Finland’s national composer, Jean Sibelius became a symbol of the country’s cultural identity after its liberation from Russia, including by integrating national elements in the music. This is especially true of the Lemminkäinen Suite, the story of which is based on the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. The piece was originally intended as a mythological opera, but Sibelius scrapped that idea and formulated a four-movement symphonic poem instead.
The programme also includes the world premiere of Swedish composer Tebogo Monnakgotla’s Violin Concerto, which was commissioned by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Monnakgotla has been called “one of the most prominent Swedish composers of her generation” by DN’s critic, and she recently received acclaim for the chamber opera Zebran (The Zebra).
Johan Dalene, the violin soloist, is just 21 years old, but he has already been featured on the international scene. Dalene won first prize at the prestigious Carl Nielsen International Competition in 2019 and was one of the internationally chosen Rising Stars of the 2021/22 season. Dalene and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s recordings of Sibelius and Nielsen’s violin concertos were released (on BIS) in spring 2021, conducted by John Storgårds.
Finnish John Storgårds leads the orchestra here. He has a double career as a violin virtuoso and a successful conductor, and is known for his creative programming and exciting, refined performances. Storgårds is principal guest conductor of both the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada.
The musicApproximate times
Tebogo Monnakgotla Violin Concerto (World Premiere)
Jean Sibelius Lemminkäinen Suite50 min
- Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- John Storgårds conductor
- Johan Dalene violin