Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

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Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (GSO)
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Founded 1905
Concert hall Gothenburg Concert Hall, Götaplatsen

The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (GSO; Swedish: Göteborgs Symfoniker) is a symphony orchestra based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Founded in 1905, it was granted the title of the National Orchestra of Sweden (Swedish: Sveriges Nationalorkester) in 1997. The GSO is resident at the Gothenburg Concert Hall at Götaplatsen.

Although the GSO has a broad repertoire, it has a special affinity for the works of the Nordic Late Romantic composers, such as Jean Sibelius and Edvard Grieg, which has comprised the bulk of its recorded output, as well as Neeme Järvi's specialty, Prokofiev. During Järvi's 22 years as principal conductor, the orchestra's longest, its reputation on the world stage was greatly increased, including sponsorships from Volvo and a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.[1] Järvi currently holds the title of Principal Conductor Emeritus (Chefdirigent Emeritus) with the GSO.

The orchestra's most recent principal conductor was Gustavo Dudamel,[2] from 2007 to 2012.[3] Dudamel now has the title of hedersdirigent (honorary conductor) of the GSO. The orchestra's current principal guest conductor is Christian Zacharias. In August 2012, the GSO announced the appointment of Kent Nagano as its principal guest conductor and artistic advisor, as of the 2013-2014 season, with an initial contract of 3 years.[4] Since 2009, the orchestra's leader has been Sara Trobäck.[5]

In addition to Deutsche Grammophon, the orchestra has recorded commercially for such labels as BIS.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Andrew Clements (2005-09-09). "Sibelius: The Symphonies, Gothenburg SO/ Jarvi(Deutsche Grammophon, four SACDs)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  2. ^ Reed Johnson (2008-11-23). "Conductor Gustavo Dudamel is riding a wave of Dudamania". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Dudamel förnyar kontrakt med Göteborgs Symfoniker till 2012" (Press release). Göteborgs Symfoniker. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  4. ^ Malin Clausson (2012-08-30). "Nagano tar över efter Dudamel". Göteborgs-Posten. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  5. ^ "Sara Trobäck Hesselink". Göteborg Symfoniker. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Andrew Clements (2004-08-06). "Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6; Francesca da Rimini: Gothenburg Symphony/ Järvi (BIS)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  7. ^ Tim Ashley (2006-05-04). "Gubaidulina: The Deceitful Face of Hope and of Despair; Sieben Worte, Bezaly/ Miki/ Thedeen/ Gothenburg Symphony/ Vanzago (BIS)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 


  • Pâris, Alain, ed. (1995). Dictionnaire des interprètes et de l'interprétation musicale au XXe siècle. Paris: R. Laffont. ISBN 2-221-08064-5. 

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