The winner of the Soloist Prize in 2018 and P2 Artist 2018–2019, Cellist Amalie Stalheim presents Tchaikovsky’s elegant and playful Variations on a Rococo Theme. Conductor Dalia Stasevska makes a welcome return to Berwaldhallen with Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and also presents a sample of the following week’s Haydn concerts in Britta Byström’s Farewell Variations, inspired by Haydn’s Farewell Symphony.
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras, with a worldwide reputation and a repertoire that combines the major classical works as well as exciting new music. In collaboration with the most important conductors, soloists and composers, there is a constant striving to break new ground. The orchestra’s extensive and high-quality music-making has been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades and they regularly perform at international festivals and concert halls. “The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!” he continues. The first radio orchestra was formed in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and 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 and over the years has had such distinguished chief conductors as Sergiu Celibidache, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
From talented pupil to Jorma Panula, by way of assistant to Esa-Pekka Salonen, Finnish-Hungarian conductor Dalia Stasevska has achieved international renown as an acclaimed opera and concert conductor. She studied violin, viola and composition at the Tampere Conservatory and the Sibelius Academy, as well as conducting under Susanna Mälkki and Jukka-Pekka Saraste, among others. Her latest performance was Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Finnish National Opera and Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti at Den Norske Opera, and she has debuted with orchestras such as the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Wales. In 2009, Stasevska founded the Kamarikesä Festival in Helsinki to encourage other young musicians.