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A world-renowned orchestra

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1902 and its chief conductor since 2008 is Sakari Oramo.

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.

Regular guest conductors include notable names such as Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Herbert Blomstedt, Nathalie Stutzmann, Gianandrea Noseda and Conductor Laureate Alan Gilbert. Recently, the acclaimed conductor Franz Welser-Möst was awarded the new title Eric Ericson Honorary Chair from the orchestra. He joins the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for two weeks each season starting 2020/21.

Finnish Sakari Oramo has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic since 2008. 2020/21 will be his final season in this capacity. Sakari Oramo and the orchestra has carried out several successful tours. The German newspaper Die Welt recently concluded that the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic is “one of the world’s best orchestras”.

The orchestra has also received considerable attention for several recordings with Sakari Oramo; among them Carl Nielsen’s symphonies were critically acclaimed internationally and the recording 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. The CD Distant Light, with the world-renowned American soprano Renée Fleming, was released by Decca in 2017.

KonserthusetPlay.se is the orchestra’s online concert hall. 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 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, Kids & family, Educational

    A concert about the orchestra's many different instruments, with texts by Lennart Hellsing.

    Wednesday 10 March 2021 09.30
  • Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Kids & family

    A symphonic saga by Yoko Shimomura. This concert is cancelled, but will be filmed for Konserthuset Play and launched this spring.

    Saturday 13 March 2021 14.00
  • Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Kids & family

    A symphonic saga by Yoko Shimomura. This concert is cancelled, but will be filmed for Konserthuset Play and launched this spring.

    Saturday 13 March 2021 16.00
  • Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Vocal music

    Award-winning soprano soloist sings Barber and Stravinsky.

    Thursday 18 March 2021 12.15