Press Release 2014-01-28: Helena Wessman new General Manager at Berwaldhallen

Helena Wessman, currently General Manager and Artistic Director at Gothenburg Symphony, has been appointed by Cilla Benkö, Director General of Swedish Radio, as the new General Manager at Berwaldhallen and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

“With her background as a professional musician, Helena Wessman has developed solid managerial experience. She is used to running development efforts within a large organisation and taking artistic decisions, and she has demonstrated a strong will for development and cooperation,” says Cilla Benkö, Director General of Swedish Radio.

“Helena is a well-respected name within Swedish culture, and has made memorable and positive impressions within a great many institutions, and it is with great pleasure that we welcome her to Swedish Radio,” concludes Cilla Benkö. 

“I am thrilled and honoured to have been given this position, and see many opportunities of working with Swedish Radio’s Symphony Orchestra and Radio Choir within the framework of public service. They are two extremely eminent ensembles and their chief conductors Daniel Harding and Peter Dijkstra have very exciting ideas about how to further spread their music. I am truly looking forward to working together with them and other personnel at Berwaldhallen. It is at the same time very sad to leave behind all the personnel at Gothenburg Symphony. We could not have had a better working relationship and I will miss them dearly,” says Helena Wessman.

“With the appointment of Helena Wessman, Berwaldhallen and Swedish Radio gain an experienced and modern leading figure with excellent communication skills, genuine warmth and strong artistic energy. We are truly looking forward to working together with Helena,” says Anna-Karin Larsson, Area Manager at SR Musik.

Helena Wessman starts her position on 1 August 2014.

Helena Wessman
Helena Wessman has worked as a musician (trombonist) at Regionmusiken in Linköping and Music in Uppland, a presenter for Opp Amaryllis and Entré on P2. She was Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director at Västmanlandsmusiken, Principal at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg 2007–2009, and General Manager and Artistic Director at Gothenburg Symphony since 2009. Helena Wessman is on several boards, including the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH), Bergen’s Philharmonic Orchestra and Swedish Performing Arts, and since 2012 is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

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Press contact
Eva Sahlin, Press Manager, Sveriges Radio AB
+46 (0)70 684 18 52

Peter Smith, Press Officer Berwaldhallen
+46 (0)8 784 51 39

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