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University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

The core of the orchestra consists of students at the two-year international master's programme in symphonic orchestral performance at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The education is unique in its kind and is conducted in collaboration with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg 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. The artistic director of the University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is Henrik Schaefer.

Each academic year, the University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra makes eight orchestral 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 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

  • Svitlana Azarova: Mover of the Earth
  • Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Orchestra Project 4

6–10 March 2023
Conductor: Henrik Schaefer

  • Hermina Dijk: Overture in D minor, Opus 19
  • 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.

Orchestra and ensemble projects 2021 – 2022

Project 1

20–24 September 2021
Conductor: Finn Rosengren

  • Britta Byström: Promenad till en högre sfär
  • Joel Eriksson: Fanfare for the University of Gothenburg
  • Hugo Alfvén: Festspel op. 25
  • Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1

Wind orchestra project

11–13 October 2021
Concert: Wednesday 13 October
Conductor: Peter Ettrup Larsen
In cooperation with Göteborg Wind Orchestra

Project 2

18–22 October 2021
Concert: Friday 22 October
Conductor: Magdalena Pawlisz

  • Emilie Mayer: Overture No. 2 in D 
  • Witold Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Project 3

15–19 November 2021
Concert: Friday 19 November
Conductor: Simon Crawford-Phillips

  • Augusta Holmès: Irlande – Poëm Symphonique
  • Franz Schubert: Unfinished Symphony (D759)
  • William Walton: Symphony No. 1

Project 4

22 November – 11 December 2021
Performances: 4 – 11 December
Conductor: Henrik Schaefer
Soloists: Students from the BA programme in opera

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Magic Flute

Project 5

7–11 February 2022
Concert: Friday 11 February
Conductor: Christian Karlsen

  • Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Project 6

7–11 March 2022
Concert: Friday 11 March
Conductor: Daniela Musca

  • Helena Munktell: Suite för Large Orchestra
  • Ottorino Respighi: Fontane di Roma
  • Edvard Grieg: Symphonic Dances op. 64

String Orchestra Project

28 March – 1 April 2022
Concert: Friday 1 April
Conductor: Simon Crawford-Phillips

Project 7

25–30 April 2022
Concert: Saturday 30 April
Conductor: Henrik Schaefer
Soloist: Jørgen Simarud Stabell, trombone

  • Andrea Tarrodi: Ascent – Concerto for Orchestra
  • Launy Grøndahl: Trombone Concerto
  • Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Project 8

30 May – 3 June 2022
Conductor: Henrik Schaefer
Soloist: Isabelle van Keulen, violin

  • Karol Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1 op. 35
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7