Nobel Media, in association with the Stockholm Concert Hall, presented the 2014 Nobel Prize Concert - an event of world class stature. The concert was held on 8 December as part of the official Nobel Week programme of activities.
Andris Nelsons, one of the world's currently most sought-after young conductors led the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at this year's Nobel Prize Concert. Accompanying him on the stage were two soloists: Kristine Opolais, soprano and Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet.
The programme comprised the letter scene from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin; Rolf Martinsson's trumpet concerto Bridge and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
Andris Nelsons conducting. Photo © Marco Borggreve
Andris Nelsons was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1978. Already in 2003 he became Music Director of the Latvian National Opera, since which time he has also enjoyed a stint as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Andris Nelsons was recently appointed Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Kristine Opolais, another young rising star from Latvia, first performed in 2006 at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. Since then, she has sung at numerous prestigious venues, including La Scala in Milano, the Wiener Staatsoper and the Royal Opera House in London. She had her debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera earlier this year.
Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger is often lauded as "the best trumpeter in the world" and possesses a unique range, from the classical masterworks to newly written pieces.
The Nobel Prize Concert is held to honour the year's Nobel Laureates, who attend with their respective parties. Also present are members of the Swedish Royal Family and guests of the Nobel Foundation. The 2014 Nobel Prize Concert is the tenth in succession.
The Nobel Prize Concert is sponsored by DNB.