On 18 and 19 January Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted a Jubilee concert with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra  celebrating the 70th birthday of Anders Hillborg, Sweden’s leading composer, at Berwaldhallen. 

A sumptuous all-Hillborg programme saw the orchestra joined by the Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and soloists Ida Falk Winland, Hannah Holgersson, Theo Hillborg, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, and Eldbjørg Hemsing, and included Liquid Marble (1994), KvällViolin Concerto No.2 (2016) and 2011 choral-orchestral epic Sirens. Watch here.

Swedish celebrations continue on 17 and 18 May with a performance of Eleven Gates conducted by Roberto González-Monjas. On 22 February Osmo Vänskä gives the US premiere of Hillborg’s Through Lost Landscapes with the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis; the same day the New Philharmonic present the East Coast debut of the Piano Concerto No.2 – the MAX concerto (2023) with Emanuel Ax and Eun Sun Kim. The spring also sees national premieres of the 2020 Cello Concerto in Finland (26 April) and Mantra–Elegy in the Netherlands on 11 April.