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Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Named the 'National Orchestra of Sweden' in 1997, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra were founded in 1905 and have a repertoire ranging from the commonplace to the works of rarer composers such as Prokofiev.




The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1905 and is based in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1997, they received the honour of being named 'National Orchestra of Sweden' and are resident at the Gothenburg Concert Hall.

Their repertoire is particularly broad with rarer works including those of late romantic composers such as Jean Sibelius and Edvard Greig whose compositions they have recorded extensively. Their less well known repertoire also inculdes the work of Prokofiev, the speciality of Neeme Jarvi who was their principal conductor for 22 years. During Jarvi's 22 year tenureship, the orchestra's longest to date, their reputation worldwide greatly increased. Elements of this include various sponsorships given by Volvo and a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Despite having concluded work as the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra's principal conductor, Jarvi now holds the title of Principal Conductor Emeritus (Chefdirigent Emeritus).

In 2007, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra named Gustavo Dudamel is their principal conductor. In 2008, his contract was extended to 2011 and in 2009 it was extended further to 2012.

The current principal guest conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is Christian Zacharias.