Press release from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, 30 August, 2012

American conductor Kent Nagano has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Sweden. Kent Nagano will start his three year tenure in the autumn of 2013. This is yet another step in the orchestra’s ambition to become one of the top orchestras in the world.

Kent Nagano and the Gothenburg Symphony recently had a huge success with a performance of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung in Gothenburg: “Already in the first bars […] one hears how the orchestra is playing like one gigantic solid body, delicately tuned but also equipped with enormous energy potential. The latter is one of the things that impress the most in this reading, Nagano’s matchless ability to hold the music together and at the same time make the orchestra use those extra gears when needed.” (Göteborgs-Posten, April 2012).

The chemistry between conductor and orchestra was apparent already when they did their first concert together, performing Mahler’s vast Third Symphony almost 20 years ago. Now the time is ripe for a closer collaboration.

Kent Nagano comments: “The Gothenburg Symphony is a remarkable orchestra, not only technically brilliant but an ensemble possessing profound sound-color, personality and style which reflects its important and deep Nordic traditions. I am delighted and honored to have been asked to join the long list of distinguished conductors reflecting the orchestra’s heritage including Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux and Herbert von Karajan, as well as principal conductors Wilhelm Stenhammar, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi and recently, Gustavo Dudamel."

Kent Nagano will start as Artistic Advisor with immediate effect, teaming up with the orchestra and administration in the upcoming months. As Principal Guest Conductor, he will be working six to seven weeks each season with the orchestra, starting in the autumn of 2013.


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