Nordic Weeks: Grieg’s Piano Concerto

Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland plays countryman Edvard Grieg’s only piano concerto. Also, Tobias Ringborg and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra play Swedish pioneer Elfrida Andrée’s Glömska (Forgetfulness) for strings and harp, and Daniel Börtz’ Sinfonia 12 with baritone Hannes Öberg.





The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is known worldwide as one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras with an exciting and varied repertoire and a constant striving to break new ground The multi-award-winning orchestra has been praised for its exceptional, wide-ranging musicianship as well as collaborations with the world’s foremost composers, conductors and soloists.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the audience in the hall, the orchestra reaches many many listeners on the radio and the web and through it´s partnership with EBU. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play and with Swedish Television, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top orchestras.

“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!”

The first radio orchestra was founded in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967. Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished Music Directors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed Conductors Laureate.

Tobias Ringborg är lika framgångsrik i operahus som på konsertestraderna – som dirigent, solist och kammarmusiker. Karriären inleddes 1994 då han vann det prestigefyllda Solistpriset. Samma år tog han solistdiplom vid Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm. Violinstudierna avslutades därefter på The Juilliard School i New York.

Som violinsolist har Ringborg gästat samtliga svenska symfoni- och kammarorkestrar och han har samarbetat med dirigenter som Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Neeme Järvi, Okko Kamu, Sakari Oramo och Daniel Harding. Till utländska meriter hör förstapriset i Concours International de Musique de Chimay i Belgien samt solist- och orkesterkonserter över hela Europa och i USA.

Ringborg inledde sin karriär som dirigent år 2000, då han vann han en dirigenttävling i Helsingborg, och har sedan dess framträtt med samtliga svenska och många skandinaviska orkestrar, ofta i den dubbla rollen som solist och dirigent. Han hyser en livslång passion för opera och debuterade 2001 som operadirigent på Folkoperan. Samma år debuterade han på Kungliga Operan och året därpå knöts han till Malmö Opera.

Han är en aktiv förkämpe för svensk musik, och har spelat in ett tjugotal skivor med kammarmusik och violinkonserter av företrädesvis svenska tonsättare. Han har alltjämt en aktiv karriär som violinist, och spelar på en Gagliano-violin, utlånad av Järnåkerstiftelsen. Tobias Ringborg har tilldelats Herbert Blomstedts dirigentpris av Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien, och 2011 invaldes han som ledamot av samma akademi.

Christian Ihle Hadland has established himself as a true craftsman of the piano, a musician whose delicate, refined playing and individual touch have led him to the most prestigious stages in the world.

​Ihle Hadland came to international attention in 2011 when he began a two-year stint as a BBC New Generation Artist. As an NGA he performed with all five of the BBC’s symphony orchestras from London to Manchester and broadcast solo and chamber recitals for the corporation in London. As a finale to his tenure, Christian was the soloist in Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms with the Oslo Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko; the concert was broadcast live and Christian was praised by London critics for his ‘pearly’ and ‘otherwordly’ sound.

​At the age of 15, Ihle Hadland made his professional concerto debut with KORK, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, He has since performed with all the major orchestras in Scandinavia including the Swedish Radio and Danish National Symphony Orchestras, and the Royal Stockholm, Helsinki and Oslo Philharmonics and also the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. In the UK he has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, in addition to his work with the BBC orchestras. He has played with renowned conductors at the highest level, including Sir Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt and Thomas Dausgaard.

Ihle Hadland is highly sought after as a chamber musician and has been Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, his hometown, since 2010. He appears regularly at The Wigmore Hall, where he gave his debut solo recital in 2013, and is a regular guest at the Risør Chamber Music Festival and at the Bergen International Festival in Norway.

​​Christian Ihle Hadland was born in Stavanger in 1983 and received his first piano lessons at the age of eight. At the age of eleven he entered the Rogaland Music Conservatory, and in 1999 began lessons with Professor Jiri Hlinka, both privately and at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.

Hannes Öberg studied two years chamber music at Vadstena pre college music school for Vocal Coaches Anders Düring and Monica Thomasson and got accepted at the Bachelor program at University college of opera in Stockholm. Öberg finished his bachelors degree in 2015 and subsequently his masters degree in 2017 where he studied for the tenor and vocal coach Erik Årman.

In 2014 Hannes debuted at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as the role of Don Juan at the world premiere of the opera My Brother is Don Juan by Niklas Brommare. He has also performed roles such as Valentin in Faust by Charles Gounod, Ruthven in Der Vampyr by Heinrich Marschner, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Il Conte in Nina, o sia La pazza per amore Giovanno Paisiello amongst others.

Öberg joined the Opera ensemble at Theater Kiel in Germany for the spring season of 2019, and later came back for the season 2020-21, singing roles as Silvio in Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia Gioacchino Rossini and Balu in Das Dschungelbuch by Giovanni Sollima. In the summer of 2021 Öberg moved back to Sweden and joined the soloist ensemble at the Gothenburg Opera.

Outside of the opera stage, Hannes Öberg has performed a great number of Liederabends and several oratorios, such as; Messiah George Friedrich Händel, Requiem by Gabriel Fauré and Johannes Brahms, Krönungsmesse by Mozart and, Carl Heinrich Graun Der Tod Jesu  amongst others.

Approximate duration: 1 hr 30 mins with intermission