Gennady's second term
Gennady Rozhdestvensky served two terms as chief conductor, first from 1974–77 and then from 1991–94. He conducted the orchestra in a total of 174 concerts.
Gennady Rozhdestvensky is the only person in the orchestra’s history to date to serve as chief conductor twice. Before returning to the role of chief conductor, he continued to serve in the interim as guest conductor with the orchestra. For example, he went on tour in Moscow and what was then known as Leningrad in February 1979 (four concerts), and he returned to Konserthuset in 1980 (four concerts).
After that, he did not conduct the orchestra again until 1989, when he participated in the Composer Festival no less, which presented Alfred Schnittke that autumn, and at which he conducted three concerts. He also led another five concerts with the orchestra that winter.
After guest conducting three more concerts in early 1991, he appeared formally as chief conductor in September 1991.
The orchestra’s royal title was not yet permanent and had only been used during Paavo Berglund’s 1990 tour of Japan, but before the 1992–93 season, the orchestra was renamed permanently, with permission from His Majesty the King. The new, complete name was thus Kungliga Filharmoniska Orkestern i Stockholm (“the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm”), usually referred to in speech as Kungliga Filharmonikerna (“the Royal Philharmonic”). The international (English) name is the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1991, guest performances were given in Birmingham, London and Glasgow. The conductor was Gennady Rozhdestvensky. The next big tour in 1992 was in Japan, with eight concerts conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky.
In general, the orchestra toured regularly with Rozhdestvensky during these years. In 1993, Rozhdestvensky led the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in six concerts in Spain. In 1994, they gave five concerts in Germany, and Rozhdestvensky’s final tour as chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra was in 1995 in Spain.
- 1991 Birmingham, London and Glasgow. The conductor was the “new-old” chief conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky; it was his first trip abroad during his second term as chief conductor.
- 1992 The orchestra’s second tour of Japan. Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducted. 8 concerts.
- 1993 Rozhdestvensky led the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 6 concerts in Spain.
- 1994 The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra gave 5 concerts in Germany under the baton of Rozhdestvensky.
- 1995 Rozhdestvensky’s final tour as chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra was in Spain.
- 1995 Leif Segerstam led the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra on a tour in Germany in the autumn.