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Stavanger Symphony Orchestra: Bio

The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has become one of the most successful orchestras in Scandinavia. In recent years it has achieved major artistic development and attracted an ever greater following, both inside and outside Norway. This success is partly due to the fact that, in the autumn of 2012, the orchestra moved into its new home, Stavanger's new concert hall, built to the highest European standards. Since 1990, the orchestra has been performing with a dual artistic leadership: The Venezuelan conductor CHRISTIAN VASQUEZ is the orchestra's Chief Conductor.

The orchestra has had a particular focus on authentic performance practice of the Baroque and Classical repertoire, with Frans Brüggen, followed by Philippe Herreweghe and Fabio Biondi as artistic leaders. This collaboration has brought critical acclaim and international success for the orchestra and some highly acclaimed CD- recordings: Diapason d'Or 2012 (Biondi/Hallenberg), and Diapason découverte and L'Orphées d'Or - Prix Special 2014 (Biondi/Scarlatti's Carlo Re d'Alemagne). This latter was the BBC Magazine's "Opera Choice" in April 2014. A triple-CD with Antonio Caldara's oratorio 'Morte e sepoltura di Christo', also lead by Fabio Biondi, was released during the orchestra's tour to Spain spring 2015.

In April 2017 the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra will tour Moscow, St. Petersburg, Lahti and Amsterdam with Chief Conductor Christian Vasquez.

The SSO's home, the STAVANGER CONCERT HALL, has proved to be a top-class concert hall of international quality and with outstanding acoustical conditions. The hall has been described as "a temple of music" by the French pianist Hélène Grimaud who took part in the opening gala concert in September 2012. Other artists who have performed in the hall recently have praised it for its acoustics and beauty and include Leif Ove Andsnes, Sol Gabetta, Truls Mørk, Hilary Hahn, Tabea Zimmermann, Bryn Terfel, Philippe Herreweghe and Yan-Pascal Tortelier.

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra

Gisle Kverndokk - Symphonic Dances

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Christian Vasquez, conductor with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra 2013-2017

In 2013, the Norwegian Ministry of Culture challenged the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (SSO) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution by addressing the concept of cultural diversity. SSO commissioned a work by Gisle Kverndokk, who created Symphonic Dances by weaving together a diverse musical narrative based on folk music from the different ethnic groups living in the Stavanger area.