John Storgårds

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John Storgårds




With the next subscription concert on April 21, 2016, the Munich Chamber Orchestra enters a new series over 3 seasons under the direction of Finnish conductor John Storgårds. The five programmes explore 10 of Joseph Haydn’s London Symphonies in contrast to György Ligeti solo concertos. Additionally, great contemporary works will be featured, some of them world – or local premieres. The orchestra had successfully worked with Storgårds for the first time in the spring of 2013, and it was during this time that the idea to jointly realise a major project over several seasons first arose. It has long been a desire for the orchestra to explore the London Symphonies – climax and conclusion in Haydn’s symphonic work. A stellar line up of names such as Stefan Dohr, Renaud Capuçon and Kit Armstrong will be interpreting Ligeti’s solo works. Finnish conductor and violinist John Storgårds is currently principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. He has been Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland for over 20 years and discovered many (contemporary) works. Throughout his position with MKO, covering a series of five subscription concerts, Storgårds will also appear as soloist. In March 2017 he will assume – under the direction of Clemens Schuldt – the solo part in Kaija Saariaho’s Graal Théâtre, a violin concerto dedicated to him, for MKO’s ‚Nachtmusik‘ series.

Storgårds comments:
The Münchener Kammerorchester has become one of the most interesting and innovative chamber orchestras in the world. They totally convinced me with an ambitious drive during my first visit a few years ago. Their appetite to create intelligent, highly interesting programmes makes me and their highly devoted, enthusiastic audience feel very much at home and represents many qualities which I’m used to from running and enjoying music with my own Lapland Chamber Orchestra. I’m absolutely delighted to further broaden our relationship by becoming an ‘artistic partner’ with the Münchener Kammerorchester.




John Storgårds releases two new recordings featuring Per Nørgård’s symphonies 

John Storgårds’ latest recordings of Per Nørgård’s symphonies with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra are released by Dacapo Records. The release of these recordings coincides with John Storgårds’ and Baiba Skride’s concert with the Oslo Philharmonic this week which, together with Sibelius’s Humoreskes, Serenades for violin and orchestra, and Symphony No.5, also features Per Nørgård’s Symphony No. 2. The prize-winning Danish composer will be awarded Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in May this year.

The first of these new CDs features Per Nørgård’s Symphony No. 2, in which the Danish composer euphorically – and almost psychedelically – unfolds his famous infinity principle, and the Symphony No. 6, in which the mature composer appears more curious and playful than ever.

The second of these CDs consists of Per Nørgård’s Symphonies 4 and 5, which could be considered as two of Nørgård’s most chaotic works; the chaotic and troubled Symphony No. 4 inspired by the schizophrenic Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli, and the fearless Symphony No. 5, in which the composer seems to embrace violent forces of nature.

These latest recordings will be available exclusively in Norway from the 7th April onwards and will be released in other territories in the course of the next few months.

World Premiere of Mahler Symphony No.10 (arr. Michele Casteletti)

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.10, completed and arranged for chamber orchestra by Michele Casteletti, will receive its world premiere on the 24th March 2016 under John Storgårds’ baton. The symphony will be performed by the Lapland Chamber Orchestra in the Korundi House of Culture. Tickets can be purchased here.

New Dvorak/Suk recording is ‘Editor’s Choice’ on the Gramophone magazine

The new Dvorak/Suk recording (Ondine) by John Storgårds, Christian Tetzlaff and Helsinki Philharmonic is reviewed on the Gramophone magazine as Editor’s Choice of this month. “John Storgårds inspires energetic playing from the Helsinki Philharmonic…”. Read full review here.

The Pursuit of Discovery: An interview with conductor John Storgårds

Get an insight into John Storgårds’ musical inspirations and pursuits from this recent interview that he has done with Vancouver Classical Music here.

John Storgårds ends his Chief Conductor position at the Helsinki Philharmonic with a sold out performance of Mahler 7

See John Storgårds’ rehearsal with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra as their Chief Conductor in this video. John Storgårds was the Chief Conductor of the HPO from 2008 to 2015.

Aho recording is awarded ‘Concert Recording of the Year (20th/21st Century Music) by ECHO Klassik

John Storgårds’ Aho recording with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra has been awarded ‘Concert Recording of the Year (20th/21st Century Music)’ by ECHO Klassik. This recording was released by BIS in August 2014 and it consists of the Concerto for Horn and Chamber Orchestra (2011), Acht Jahreszeiten (Eight Seasons) (2011) and the Concerto for Theremin and Chamber Orchestra, all composed by the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho.

The German music award ECHO is one the most important and renowned music awards worldwide. Since 1992, the Deutsche Phono-Akademie, the cultural institute of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (German music industry federation), awards the ECHO to honour the most successful and outstanding achievements of German and international musicians annually.
This year, the ECHO Klassik award ceremony will be held in the Konzerthaus Berlin on the 18th October.

(For archived news click here.)

John Storgårds in Concert

6. May 2016, Korundi House of Culture, Rovaniemi
Lapland Chamber Orchestra


Storgårds picked apart the composer’s multi-layered musical lines brilliantly, and never let up in a hugely moving Romanze slow movement.

The Telegraph 28 February 2016 Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Latest CD releases


Dvořák Suk

Antonin Dvořák: Violin concerto, Romance
Josef Suk: Fantasy

Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor

Ondine March 2016