The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1905 and currently consists of 109 musicians. The orchestra is based in Gothenburg Concert Hall – a gem of functionalism on Götaplatsen square that has enchanted music lovers since 1935.
Wilhelm Stenhammar was the orchestra’s Chief Conductor from 1907 until 1922. He gave the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra a strong Nordic profile and invited his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to collaborate with the orchestra. Under the leadership of Chief Conductor Neeme Järvi between 1982 and 2004, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra undertook a number of international tours and made a hundred or so album recordings while establishing itself as one of Europe’s foremost orchestras. In 1997 the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra received the title of the National Orchestra of Sweden.
Since season 2017 – 2018, Santtu-Matias Rouvali is Chief Conductor of the orchestra. Since season 2019 – 2020 Barbara Hannigan is Principal Guest Conductor. Christoph Eschenbach was also Principal Guest Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony in the years 2019 – 2022 – together they formed a strong three-leaf clover consisting of three completely different types of artists. We are also extremely proud to be an official partner of soprano Barbara Hannigan’s mentor initiative Equilibrium, with focus on young singers and musicians who are just beginning their careers.
Gustavo Dudamel holds the title of Honorary Conductor of the orchestra and Neeme Järvi that of Principal Conductor Emeritus. Region Västra Götaland is the principal for the orchestra.
The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra regularly collaborates with renowned conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Joana Carneiro, Neeme Järvi, David Afkham, Christian Zacharias and Herbert Blomstedt.
“Full of excitement, maximum motivation and emotional energy, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra plays. The string groups of the orchestra are in a class of their own, whose dark velvet glow and phrasing desire in the Valse-triste-encore just amaze.”