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A world-renowned orchestra

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is very much present in today’s music life.

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1902 and Konserthuset Stockholm has been its home since 1926. The orchestra gives around 100 concerts annually and participates in the festivities associated with the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.

Noted for its ambitious programming, composer festivals with contemporary music and pioneering work on a more gender balanced repertoire, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is very much present in today’s music life. It has made itself an international name through extensive touring. The German newspaper Die Welt once concluded that the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic is “one of the world’s best orchestras”.

Regular guest conductors include notable names such as Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Herbert Blomstedt, Nathalie Stutzmann, Gianandrea Noseda and Conductor Laureate Alan Gilbert. The acclaimed conductor Franz Welser-Möst was awarded the new title Eric Ericson Honorary Chair in 2018, and works with the orchestra on a regular basis. 

Finnish Sakari Oramo was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic from 2008 to 2021. He concluded his tenure with a grand Sibelius festival in May 2021 (still online on Konserthuset Play), and was then also named Conductor Laureate.

The orchestra has also received considerable attention for several recordings; among them Carl Nielsen’s symphonies with Sakari Oramo which were critically acclaimed internationally; the recordings of Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 received a BBC Music Magazine Award 2016. The CD Sirens, with music by Anders Hillborg, won a 2016 Swedish Grammy Award, and the CD Distant Light, with the world-renowned American soprano Renée Fleming, attracted much attention.

Konserthuset Play is the orchestra’s online platform. Launched in 2013 it offers a large selection of filmed performances with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, available for free streaming anywhere in the world. 

”The Konserthuset Play platform offers a digital showcase of the orchestra’s recent outings at home, under both its [then] chief conductor, Sakari Oramo, and others, from Karina Canellakis to Herbert Blomstedt. For an invigorating reminder of what a truly world-class band this is, try Brahms’s Second Symphony conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. It’s a comparatively clean-shaven reading of the piece – stylish rather than high-Romantic – in which the lower strings are velvety, woodwind solos beguile and the brass provide irresistibly high-shine climaxes.” Flora Willson/The Guardian (20 April 2020) 

Concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Livestream

    Alexandre Kantorow is the soloist and Simone Young conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6.

    Thursday 28 October 2021 18.00
  • Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

    Håkan Hardenberger is turning 60 and celebrating by participating as both a soloist and conductor.

    Wednesday 3 November 2021 19.00
  • Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

    Håkan Hardenberger is turning 60 and celebrating by participating as both a soloist and conductor.

    Thursday 4 November 2021 19.00
  • Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Livestream

    The First Viennese School and the Romantic period when Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, with Emanuel Ax as soloist.

    Thursday 11 November 2021 19.00