The 32-year-old award-winning American conductor Ryan Bancroft has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Ryan Bancroft begins his tenure from the 2023/24 season.
Bancroft’s first performance as Chief Conductor Designate will be the prestigious Nobel Prize Concert on Wednesday 8 December 2021, 18.00 GMT. The concert will be available to watch worldwide via the Nobel Prize YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/kvvQgjDhpzw
Ryan Bancroft comments:
“It’s incredibly difficult to put into words what it means to be appointed Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra: moved, elated, overjoyed, and all other superlatives in between. This is an orchestra that knows how to set a gold standard of music making and takes very seriously music’s ability to communicate to people like you and me; no moment is taken for granted. In my inaugural concert as Chief Conductor we will perform the prominent Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström’s seminal work, The High Mass, for the first time in the orchestra’s history. I know this will be the first of many memorable performances together, and I for one cannot wait to see what the future holds for us.”
The orchestra’s Executive and Artistic Director Stefan Forsberg adds:
“We struck gold, he’s a unique talent! There is a fabulous chemistry and truly sparkling energy between Ryan and the Orchestra. His thoughtful readings of the score make every rehearsal and concert a revelation. With Ryan, we take off from an impressive and solid musical foundation built by his predecessors over the past 20 years, our Conductor Laureates Sakari Oramo and Alan Gilbert.”
Ryan Bancroft debuted with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019. He first came to international attention the previous year, when he won both First Prize and Audience Prize at the prestigious Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen.
“Ryan is nothing less than a great discovery”, Stefan Forsberg continues. “The future for this partnership looks dazzlingly bright. And how appropriate to present our Chief Conductor Designate during the Nobel week along with the Nobel laureates awarded for discoveries.”
Forsberg stresses the importance of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s four core areas of interest: honouring musical traditions, performing both contemporary and Swedish music, and continuing the orchestra’s pioneering work on a more gender-balanced repertoire. Bancroft’s skills and openness complement these areas, as demonstrated by the upcoming Nobel Prize Concert’s blend of classical, Swedish and contemporary repertoire.
Beyond the Nobel Prize Concert, Bancroft returns to Stockholm in March 2022 to conduct music by Elgar and MacMillan. He will also conduct the opening of the 2022/23 season, featuring Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.