© Mats Lundqvist
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (RSPO) was founded in 1902 and Konserthuset Stockholm has been its home since 1926. The RSPO gives around 100 concerts annually, and the orchestra also participates in the festivities associated with the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the presentation of the Polar Music Prize. Regular guest conductors include notable names such as Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Franz Welser-Möst, Herbert Blomstedt, Nathalie Stutzmann, Gianandrea Noseda and Conductor Lauerate Alan Gilbert.
Finnish Sakari Oramo has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the RSPO since 2008. His current contract runs until 2021. Sakari Oramo has carried out several successful tours with the RSPO. The German newspaper Die Welt recently concluded that the RSPO is “one of the world’s best orchestras”.
The RSPO 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.
A CD with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and world-renowned American soprano Renée Fleming, called Distant Light, was released by Decca in 2017. This was followed up by an outstanding European tour with Renée Fleming in August-September.
KonserthusetPlay.se is the orchestra's online concert hall. Launched in 2013 it offers a large selection of filmed performances with the RSPO, available for free streaming anywhere in the world. Recent exemples include Symphony No. 3 by Schumann and Symphony No. 10 by Shostakovich, both conducted by Sakari Oramo.
2010 Nobel Prize Concert
2009 Nobel Prize Concert