The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1937. Under the direction of Celibidache in the 1960s, it developed into an orchestra of international standard. Since 2007, Daniel Harding serves as Principal Conductor. All the orchestras concerts are broadcasted by the Swedish Radio Channel P2 and many through the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The orchestra toured in China and Japan in 2010, France in 2014, Austria, Germany and Spain in 2015 and Italy and Spain in 2016. Esa-Pekka Salonen served as Principal Conductor in 1984–1995 and Valery Gergiev is Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra.
The Swedish Radio Choir was founded in 1925 and thus celebrated 90th anniversary throughout last year. Under the direction of Eric Ericson, the choir transformed into an instrument for a broad repertoire, ranging from Baroque to contemporary music, often composed for the choir. Since 2007, Dutchman Peter Dijkstra has been the choir’s Principal Conductor which led to that the cd Nordic Sounds was awarded Diapason d’Or. The Radio Choir´s renown spreads far afield through its regular international tours.
The Mariinsky Orchestra is one of the oldest musical ensembles in Russia. The excellence of the orchestra was recognized on numerous occasions by the world-class musicians who conducted it, like Berlioz, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Rachmaninoff. Since 1988, the orchestra has been directed by Valery Gergiev and his arrival at the helm ushered in a new era of rapid expansion of the orchestra’s repertoire performed throughout the World.
The Choir of the Royal Opera is Sweden’s largest professional choir and one the older choirs in the world, its history dates back to 1773. It was formed for the premiere of Pascal Collasse's opera Thétis and Pelée. The choir participates in most opera productions given in a season.
Concerto Köln has with its unique sound, the orchestra held its rank among the leading ensembles for historically informed performance practice for over 30 years. With regular appearances at renowned festivals and in the great music capitals around the world, Concerto Köln is synonymous not only with outstanding interpretations of Early Music on an international level but also with its deep roots in Cologne's own musical scene.
Finnish National Opera Orchestra was founded in 1963 and is with its 111 musicians, the country’s largest. Finland's only professional opera was formed in 1911, the ballet was founded in 1922. In addition to well-known classics the National Opera also gives new operas and dance performances and especially domestic news. The opera orchestra also gives own concerts regularly.
Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir was founded in 1994 and has since then been an active part of Swedish musical life. The repertoire consists mainly of contemporary music and the choir has premiered new works of composers such as Sven-David Sandström, Lars Edlund, Jan Sandström and Bo Holten. The repertoire also includes the classical oratorios. In 2015 the choir took part in the Baltic Sea Festival with a performance of Schönberg’s Gurrelieder. The choir has also toured in Germany, the United States, Taiwan and Hong Kong and made a number of CD recordings.
The Latvian Radio Choir ranks among the top professional chamber choirs in Europe and its refined taste for musical material, fineness of expression and vocal of unbelievably immense compass have charted it as a noted brand on the world map. The choir has participated in the top international musical forums in Europe and North America and has successfully worked with many outstanding guest conductors.
Mikaeli Chamber Choir was founded in 1970 by Anders Eby, who is still the conductor and artistic leader of the ensemble. The artistic aim has always been to sing enthralling repertoire, which has made the field of activity broad. The choir is a part of the musical society of the Adolf Fredrik’s Church in Stockholm. The repertoire is equal parts secular and sacred. It includes the great works for choir and orchestra as well as folk music and Swedish choir lyricism. However, the focus has come to rest on the great contemporary a cappella works.
The Royal Swedish Orchestra is one of the oldest still active orchestras in the world. The orchestra expects its dates back to 1526 when the royal musicians for the first time were mentioned in the royal housekeeping accounts of Gustaf Wasa. In 1773 the orchestra became the first complete Swedish orchestra. During a long time the Royal Court Orchestra were directly linked to the royal court in Stockholm. Today the orchestra consists of over 100 musicians.
Polish Baltic Philharmonic was founded in 1945. Currently it is one of the leading orchestras in Poland. The Orchestra regularly attends national and international music festivals. In 2014 the Orchestra performed seven concerts in major concert halls, during their tour in China, including two in Shanghai and at the Philharmonic in Beijing. The Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdansk is also a dynamic centre for music and a place of significant events of national and international importance.
The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, founded in 1975 by José Antonio Abreu. Its 180 members have been trained under the El Sistema’s Orchestral Academic Programme. They have also taken master classes with internationally renowned professors and performed under famous maestros such as Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Krzysztof Penderecki, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Lorin Maazel, amongst others. Led by their Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra have toured extensively appearing in major orchestral venues all over the world.
Sinfonietta Riga was founded in the summer of 2006. It is a full time job for every musician and fully supported by the Ministry of Culture. The ensemble fast became one of the leading chamber orchestras in Nordic region. Sinfonietta Riga calls itself “a multi-functional laboratory”, performing music from the Baroque to the newest of Latvian avant-garde music and always willing to engage in non-academic experiments and cross-over projects. The Sinfonietta has performed together with brilliant conductors and well known soloists and toured both in Europe and in the US.