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.
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.