Michael Tydén. Foto: Kristofer Samuelsson

Press Release August 15, 2013 Michael Tydén resigning as head of Berwaldhallen

Michael Tydén, director of the concert hall since 1998, has chosen at his own request to leave his position effective January 1, 2014 due to his ongoing battle with cancer. He will continue his work as head of the Baltic Sea Festival with Esa-Pekka Salonen as artistic director.

“During Michael’s time as concert hall director, Berwaldhallen, our ensembles, and our activities have developed fantastically. Audiences have gotten to meet world-class conductors who were happy to come here and direct our ensembles; the range of major soloists who have been our guests is impressive. Without Michael’s vision, hard work, volition, and deep faith in the music, the musicians, and his staff, this development would not have taken place,” says Cilla Benkö, CEO of Swedish Radio.

“Berwaldhallen is a very important part of Swedish Radio which we are very proud of, and which Michael is now leaving to his successor,” she concludes.

“This has not been an easy decision for me, but in consultation with my doctor I have concluded that my health requires a slower working tempo than the one I have today. Even if it is tremendously difficult to leave a position I really love, I know that today we have an operation that works really well. We have two world-class ensembles, we have a large audience that is growing and the content of our activities is continuously developing. Our financial situation is very stable, and we are unbelievably glad and grateful that the Swedish government chooses to promote the importance of Berwaldhallen. So even if it is difficult to retire as concert hall director, I still feel I am in a good position to hand Berwaldhallen over to my successor,” says Tydén.

Tydén, a founder of the Baltic Sea Festival, will continue as head of the festival for the foreseeable future.

“It feels great to be able to continue as head of the festival alongside Esa-Pekka Salonen. The Baltic Sea Festival, which began as a vision, is today an internationally established festival. Year after year we present exciting, challenging, high quality programmes for a large audience both in Sweden and abroad via the EBU, even if by international standards we have quite a small budget,” Tydén says.

The hunt for Tydén’s successor will begin shortly.

Press photo: Michael Tydén.
Credit: Kristofer Samuelsson

For more information: 

Cilla Benkö, CEO, Swedish Radio

Michael Tydén

Press Contact:

Peter Smith, press contact, Berwaldhallen
+46-8-784 51 39

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