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 Sergiu Celibidache, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
In addition to renewing his role, Daniel Harding will become the orchestra’s first ever Artistic Director, designed to give 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 about the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
“We are so proud to have Daniel Harding leading our orchestra. His passion, 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 adds
As part of the celebration of this exciting news, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel embark on a major eleven-stop European tour next month including concerts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich, featuring 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 reputation 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, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. He has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Anima Mundi Festival in Pisa, and is perhaps the only conductor on earth to have a licence to fly an Airbus A320.
Daniel talks about his relationship with the orchestra in the video below:
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.