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Daniel Harding renews contract with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra until 2023 - named Artistic Director

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Daniel Harding has renewed his contract as Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra until the end of the 2022/23 season.  He has been its Music Director since 2007, following in the illustrious footsteps of Herbert Blomstedt, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Sergiu Celibidache.  The orchestra and Daniel Harding will embark on a major eleven-stop European tour in November, marking their special bond.

Daniel Harding conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Arne Hyckenberg

In addition to renewing his role, Daniel Harding will become the orchestra’s first ever Artistic Director, giving him overall responsibility for the orchestra’s artistic vision, allowing him to create new programme formats and to help build new audiences.

“It is increasingly rare to find that a conductor’s relationship with an orchestra not only survives more than a decade but also continues to deepen and grow. It is also rare to find an orchestra that has the highest musical intelligence and quality and the determination to continue to thrive. I’m thrilled to belong to this musical family.”, says Daniel Harding about the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. 

“We are so proud to have Daniel Harding leading our orchestra.  His passion and his energy and his creativity challenge us and our audience every single day.  He is also a brilliant ambassador for Swedish Radio which is a luxury that very few broadcasting corporations enjoy.  With Daniel Harding, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra plays a crucial role in musical life both in Sweden and abroad”, says Cilla Benkö, Director General of Swedish Radio.

“We are fortunate to have the backing of an enormous and extensive media organisation. We must work as closely as possible with the Swedish Radio to tell Sweden and the rest of the world about all the wonderful things we’re doing; something I’m excited to do in my new role as Artistic Director”, Daniel Harding adds.

As part of the celebration of this exciting news, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding will go on an extensive 11-stop European tour next month including concerts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich with Janine Jansen and Alina Ibragimova as soloists.

“A tour as important and prestigious as this one is the result of years of hard work and extraordinary music making under Daniel Harding’s leadership.  His stock is so high all around the world and so we are very proud to travel with him to the musical meccas of Europe. This tour is THE perfect way to affirm our very special bond and relationship.” says Helena Wessman, General Manager of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Berwaldhallen in Stockholm.

Daniel Harding continues to work regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmoniker,  Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Anima Mundi Festival in Pisa. He is perhaps the only conductor on earth to have qualified as an Airbus A320 pilot.

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra has an extraordinary history and has received worldwide acclaim for its concerts, radio broadcasts, recordings and international tours. It is resident at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, alongside the renowned Swedish Radio Choir.

Concerts on the European tour, november 2018
Antwerpen, 12 november – Koningin Elisabethzaal
Eindhoven, 13 november – Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Amsterdam, 14 november – Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Köln, 15 november – Kölner Philharmonie
Hamburg, 16 november – Elbphilharmonie
Wien, 18 november – Wiener Konzerthaus
Zürich, 19 november – Tonhalle Maag
München, 20 november – Philharmonie am Gasteig
Nürnberg, 21 november – Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg
Baden Baden, 23 november – Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
Dortmund, 25 november – Konzerthaus Dortmund

Links to biographies
Daniel Harding
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Watch a video about Daniel Harding’s renewed contract.

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