Home of Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
The Concert Hall has been home to Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra since 1926. The orchestra was formed 1902 under the name Stockholm Concert Society and started playing at the Auditorium at Norra Bantorget. Today, 150 of Sweden’s most skilled musicians play in the orchestra, and during the years they’ve had Swedish, Czech, German, Russian, Hungarian, American and Finnish principal conductors. Besides performing during the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and Polar Music Prize, the orchestra also tours and records music.
The winning proposal that became a temple of music
When the Royal Philharmonic outgrew its old venue at Norra Bantorget, they collected money for a new building. In April of 1920, they announced an architectural design competition in the newspaper Arkitekten, where the contestants had to send in blueprints of the new concert hall. Ivar Tengbom had already received a special invite and began sketching together with Birger Jonson.
Their proposal was called The red heart because the big main concert hall is like the building’s heart, like an atrium in ancient Greece, framed with galleries and columns. The white ceiling was supposed to feel like eternal sunshine, and on the exterior, he chose an unusual blue color and a decorative row of columns. Between 34 proposals, the one by Ivar was finally chosen as the winner and after two years of building, Stockholm Concert Hall was officially opened on April 7, 1926.
Nobel Prize Award Ceremony & Christmas concert
At the same time the concert hall was being built, the Nobel Foundation had planned to also build a Nobel House. The plan was never realized, and instead, the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony has been held at Stockholm Concert Hall on December 10 every year since 1926. The Polar Music Prize, The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and The August Prize have also been awarded here in recent years. And for all of us who haven’t been nominated for any of these prizes, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra has Christmas concerts, classical concerts, and concerts led by the best conductors in the world, concerts that anyone can buy a ticket to.
Reaching the Hall
Stockholm Concert Hall is located at Hötorget square, in the corner of streets Kungsgatan and Sveavägen. To reach the hall, take the green subway line and hop off at Hötorget (exit Konserthuset) or take a short walk from T-centralen.
|Hötorget 8, 103 87 Stockholm, Sverige||Hötorget 8|
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