It is not for nothing that Sven-David Sandström is called one of the greatest Swedish composers of our time. His newly written trombone concerto has been commissioned by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and written specially for the orchestra’s trombone virtuoso, Håkan Björkman. The magnificent opening to Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra was made famous by Stanley Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. What few people know however, is that the entire work continues just as powerfully and thought-provokingly as its opening “Sunrise”. The concert on Friday will be livestreamed at Berwaldhallen Play.




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 orchestra’s high-quality music making as well as its collaborations with internationally renowned composers, conductors and soloists have been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades.

The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, chief conductor 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 formed in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. Since then, the orchestra’s concerts have always been broadcast by the Swedish Radio. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967.

Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished chief conductors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed conductors laureate together with Valery Gergiev, a regular guest conductor and co-founder of the Baltic Sea Festival.

Approximate concert length: 1 h 50 min (with intermission)

UPBEAT: Thursday at 18:00 Anna Hedelius gives an introduction to the concert programme. Friday at 18:00 a discussion panel about contemporary Swedish music and the legacy of famed composer Sven-David Sandström.