Guests at this jubilee festival are the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. This orchestra, with its impressive history of Sibelius performances, will perform at the evening orchestral concert on Friday 6 September under the renowned Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard. This is the orchestra that premièred Sibelius’s Seventh Symphony in Stockholm in 1924 under the baton of the composer, and Sibelius conducted the orchestra on seven occasions in total. Among Dausgaard’s Sibelius performances was Kullervo for the first time in the history of the Seattle Symphony in 2018. At the Lahti concert we shall hear the composer’s Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s appearance at the Sibelius Festival is made possible by financial support from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.
Stefan Forsberg: ‘The first performance of Sibelius’s Seventh Symphony is one of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s milestones.’
‘The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is honoured to participate in the twentieth anniversary of the prestigious Lahti Sibelius Festival. We are delighted to play in the splendid acoustic of your fine concert hall’, says the orchestra’s manager Stefan Forsberg. ‘The orchestra has a very close relationship with Jean Sibelius, who conducted it on seven occasions in all. Naturally the première of Sibelius’s Seventh Symphony is one of the most important cornerstones in the orchestra’s 117-year history’, he continues. ‘We come to the Sibelius Hall with great humility and respect, having been granted the privilege of performing this beautiful music in front of an exceptionally knowledgeable audience, and we’ll do our best to impart the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s deep-rooted Sibelius tradition, which we were able to develop under the composer’s own baton.’
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1902, performs regularly at prestigious concert halls all over the world, and has made many acclaimed and award-winning recordings. The highly respected magazine Die Welt has called it one of the best orchestras in the world. Since 2008 the orchestra’s chief conductor and artistic adviser has been Sakari Oramo. The orchestra is also well-known for its annual performances at the Nobel Prize ceremonies. It gave the first performance of Jean Sibelius’s Seventh Symphony in Stockholm in March 1924, and in all Sibelius conducted the orchestra on seven occasions.
The Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard (b. 1963) has been principal conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and in the autumn of 2019 he takes up the post of musical director of the Seattle Symphony. Dausgaard makes regular guest appearances all over the world conducting orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He is also known for his Sibelius interpretations: for example, in the Sibelius jubilee year 2015 he played all seven symphonies with the Seattle Symphony, and in May 2018 he performed Kullervo there for the first time in the orchestra’s history. He has also recorded Sibelius’s music for violin and orchestra with the violinist Christian Tetzlaff and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra for Virgin Classics.