American conductor Kent Nagano signs for another three years as Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, The National Orchestra of Sweden.
“I am delighted and honored to have been asked to continue the rewarding relationship with this exceptional orchestra,” says Kent Nagano.
Kent Nagano was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra in 2013. The new contract extends to 2019. The inspired collaboration has led to a series of successful concerts, loved by the audiences and praised by the critics.
"It is profoundly stimulating to work with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated and dynamic ensemble full of strong new, progressive ideas, the GSO represents at the same time a proud and long musical tradition of deep historical importance defined by a unique sound, and profile. It is a great heritage which is full of exciting talent and potential which must be maintained and developed," says Kent Nagano.
Next year, Kent Nagano will conduct Sibelius’ seven symphonies, for the first time, during a festival devoted to the composer whose 150th anniversary is celebrated in 2015.
Helena Wessman, Managing and Artistic Director of the orchestra, says:
“We are very happy and proud that Kent Nagano already at this early stage has decided to prolong his contract. It’s a proof of the strength of our collaboration and gives us the opportunity to deepen the relationship further.”
This week, Kent Nagano, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the clarinet player Kari Kriikku perform the world première of Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto. The South Korean composer is in demand all over the world and have had commissions from orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Gothenburg Concert Hall Thursday 8 May 7.30 PM
Stockholm Concert Hall Saturday 10 May 3 PM
R Strauss Tod und Verklärung
Chin Clarinet Concerto World Première
Sibelius Symphony No 5
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Kent Nagano
Kari Kriikku clarinet
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