University of Gothenburg
University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Photo: Johan Wingborg

University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

The core of the orchestra consists of students at the two-year international master's programme in symphonic orchestra performance at the Academy of Music and Drama. The education is unique in its kind and is managed in collaboration with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Göteborg Opera. The orchestra projects are done in collaboration with students from the bachelor's degree in classical music. Sometimes students from other music academies are invited to participate in and complement the orchestra.

Each academic year, the University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra performs eight orchestra productions with a total of about 15 public concerts. Internationally renowned conductors and soloists are engaged to these performances. Recently, Anja Bihlmaier, Patrik Ringborg and Karen Kaminski have visited the orchestra. Among the soloists are Christian Zacharias, piano, Amalie Stalheim, cello, and Isabelle van Keulen, violin, who is also part of the Artist in Residence Programme.

Every year, the orchestra also collaborates with the opera programme at the Academy of Music and Drama. The University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is an ambassador for the University of Gothenburg, which supports the concert and tour activities.

Orchestra projects 2023 – 2024

Orchestra Project 1

18–22 September 2023
Conductor Thursday – Friday: Finn Rosengren

Monday – Wednesday: Sectional rehearsals
Thursday: Classical Concertos with orchestra
Friday: Symphony No. 6 (Antonín Dvořák)

Orchestra Project 2

9–13 October 2023
Conductor: Simon Crawford-Phillips
Soloist: Elisabeth Nilsson, cello

  • Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (overture)
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1

Orchestra Project 3

13–17 November 2023
Conductor: Daniela Musca
Soloists: Beatrice Vanzo, Sara Granfors, piano
Sally Sallingboe Jørgensen, mezzo-soprano

  • Gioacchino Rossini: The Thieving Magpie (overture)
  • Emilie Mayer: Faust-Ouverture, Op.46
  • Francis Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra
  • Manuel de Falla: El sombrero de tres picos

Opera Project

27 November – 17 December 2023
Conductor: Finn Rosengren
Soloists: Students from the BA programme in opera

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte

String Orchestra Project

29 January – 2 February 2024
Conductor: Simon Crawford-Phillips
Soloist: Daniel Huertas-Pavón, oboe

  • Anna Clyne - Stride
  • J.S.Bach - Concerto in f-minor BWV 1056
  • Tchaikovsky - Serenade

Orchestra Project 5

5–9 February 2024
Conductor: Gudrun Dahlkvist

  • Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz (overture)
  • Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
  • Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1

Orchestra Project 6

4–6 March 2024
Conductor and soloist: Christian Zacharias

  • Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring (1945)
  • Schumann: Concert Piece op. 92 - Introduction and appassionato
  • Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Orchestra Project 7

22–27 April 2024
Conductor: Henrik Schaefer
Soloist: Ann-Kristin Jones, mezzo-soprano

  • Agathe Backer Grøndahl: 4 songs op. 5
  • Gustav Mahler: Rückert Lieder
  • Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

Orchestra Project 8

Calendar weeks 21 & 22, 2024.
With Svenska Balettakademien
Conductor: Lars Kvensler

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (entire ballet)

Orchestra projects 2022 – 2023

Orchestra Project 1

17–22 October 2022
Conductor: Simon Crawford-Phillips

  • Dora Pejačević: Overture, opus 49
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 "Italian"
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Orchestra Project 2

14–18 November 2022
Conductor: Madgalena Pawlisz

  • Fanny Hensel: Hero and Leander
  • Joseph Martin Kraus: Sinfonia in C sharp minor, VB. 140
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (Suites No. 1 and No. 2)

Opera Project

28 November – 16 December 2022
Conductor: Henrik Schaefer
Soloists: Students from the BA programme in opera

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel

Orchestra Project 3

6–10 February 2023
Conductor: Henrik Schaefer
Soloist: Miguel Angel Chamorro, violin

  • Hermina Dijk: Overture in D minor, Opus 19
  • Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Orchestra Project 4

6–10 March 2023
Conductor: Henrik Schaefer

  • Svitlana Azarova: Mover of the Earth, Stopper of the Sun
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Orchestra Project 5

24–29 April 2023
Conductor: Simon Crawford-Phillips

  • Elfrida Andrée: Concert Overture in D
  • Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947)
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Orchestra Project 6

29 May – 2 June 2023

Film music by John Williams (Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, etc.) and Elisabeth Lutyens (The Skull), among others.