A LETTER FROM DANIEL HARDING:-
“Since the very beginning of my conducting career, I have been surrounded by musicians, collaborators and friends of exceptional generosity, talent and wisdom. I understood very early on that important and lasting musical relationships are forged over many years.
2022 marks my fifteen-year anniversary as Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. When I came to Stockholm in January 2007, none of us could have known how our futures would unfold, as musicians, as humans, as individuals and as a group. It is one of the immense satisfactions and inspirations of my musical life that I am still here and still enjoying a sense of honeymoon with these truly exceptional musicians.
There is no doubt that here in Stockholm, in Berwaldhallen, I have found my musical family. The bond between us is immense and the spark that we had at the start seems only brighter and more intense.
The role of Music Director is a very important one. Week in, week out, over many years, slowly and patiently working with the same musicians to create an identity, a sense of musical priority and perspective, a deep understanding of one another and the music we play, a trust and exchange with the public. It is a kind of work where the goal is never the concert of the week but the slow and certain construction of something that can only be fully appreciated with hindsight.
This is all to say that I couldn’t be happier to tell you that I have signed an extension to my contract as Music Director and Artistic Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra until at least 2025.
Our plans for this new chapter together are coming into focus:-
· Three Wagner operas performed in concert in Berwaldhallen over the next four years, beginning with ‘Tristan and Isolde’.
· An even stronger ambition from Swedish Radio to support the continued activity of the orchestra in Sweden, in Europe and in Asia, on tour and on the radio.
· A commitment to put our wonderful orchestra musicians in the limelight. We will enable more of them to play in front of the orchestra. We will reimagine their chamber music programme to have more focus and to include visiting artists and in general, our musicians will feature more as ambassadors for their own work.
· A music film project that will create so much more than just filmed concerts but films designed to be watched and listened to as full artistic experiences in their own right.
We are privileged to be part of an organization, Sveriges Radio, that is led by Cilla Benkö, whose belief in the importance of Public Service is so unshakable. She is a true friend of our orchestra and understands what we do is free from commercial and political constraints.
Together with General Manager Staffan Becker and all the team at Berwaldhallen, we carry on our endless journey towards the unattainable heights that great music asks us to strive for. To share this journey with the amazing audience at Berwaldhallen, on the radio, and in the wider world, is our mission and our joy.“ Daniel Harding, Music Director and Artistic Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
The strong relationship between Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the longest ongoing in classical music. Together they are about to embark on a European tour* over the coming two weeks with soloists Johanna Wallroth, Isabelle Faust and Christian Gerhaher, starting on Tuesday Nov 23rd in Antwerp and including 24th Nov – Amsterdam; 25th Nov – Dortmund; 27th Nov – Vienna; 28th Nov – Cologne; 29th & 30th Nov – Hamburg; 1st Dec – Luxemburg. (*Dates correct at time of publication).
“Daniel Harding has a unique musical ear and possesses a strong, natural leadership that captivates and inspires both musicians and audiences alike. His vision for the orchestra’s continued artistic focus is clear. In the coming years, Daniel Harding will offer a wide repertoire and a focus on newly written music, both of which will guarantee high musical standards in Berwaldhallen – both for the audience in the hall and for the orchestra’s large radio public.” says Staffan Becker, General Manager of Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio Concert Hall.
“To keep Daniel Harding as Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra until at least 2025 is both a great joy and very important. It is also very meaningful for the entire Swedish Radio corporation with its ambition to create on the highest international level.” says Cilla Benkö, CEO of Sveriges Radio.