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The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony 2020
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The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm City Hall, 10 December 2020

In Stockholm, the Nobel Foundation will pay tribute to this year’s Laureates in a ceremony that will take place for the first time in the Golden Hall at the Stockholm City Hall. Here, Carl-Henrik Heldin, Chairman of the Board of the Nobel Foundation, will give a welcoming address and members of the prize-awarding institutions will present the discoveries and achievements being awarded with the 2020 Nobel Prize. H.M. the King of Sweden will participate in the form of a digital greeting, and we will be able to watch how the Laureates receive their Nobel Prize medal and diploma in their respective home countries. Stefan Forsberg, Executive and Artistic Director of Konserthuset Stockholm (Stockholm Concert Hall) will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which will be framed by musical interludes featuring Magnus Lindgren, Jacob Kellermann, Edda Magnason, Elisabeth Meyer, Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir, Amalie Stalheim and Sofie Sunnerstam. 

Programme, Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, Stockholm City Hall, 10 December 2020 – background information for the media

Programme Director, Linus Fellbom

16.30 CET

Stefan Forsberg, Executive and Artistic Director of Konserthuset Stockholm, welcomes the audience and presents the first musical interlude.

Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Soloist: soprano Elisabeth Meyer. Violin: Sofie Sunnerstam. Cello: Amalie Stalheim. Guitar: Jacob Kellermann

Speech by Professor Carl-Henrik Heldin, Chairman of the Board of the Nobel Foundation.

Pre-recorded speech by H.M. the King of Sweden.

20-21, composed and performed by Magnus Lindgren, accompanied by Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir and Amalie Stalheim.

Stefan Forsberg introduces the first speaker.

The Nobel Prize in Physics

Speech by Professor Ulf Danielsson, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, followed by pre-recorded material from the ceremonial presentations in the Laureates’ respective home countries.

Sonatine en trio by Maurice Ravel. Violin: Sofie Sunnerstam. Cello: Amalie Stalheim. Guitar: Jacob Kellermann.

Stefan Forsberg introduces the second speaker.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Speech by Professor Claes Gustafsson, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, followed by pre-recorded material from the ceremonial presentations in the Laureates’ respective home countries.

Hymne a l’amour by Edith Piaf and Marguerite Monnot. Soloist: singer Edda Magnason. Violin: Sofie Sunnerstam. Cello: Amalie Stalheim. Piano: Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir.

Stefan Forsberg introduces the third speaker.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Speech by Professor Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam, the Nobel Assembly, Karolinska Institutet, followed by pre-recorded material from the ceremonial presentations in the Laureates’ respective home countries.

La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy. Violin: Sofie Sunnerstam. Cello: Amalie Stalheim. Guitar: Jacob Kellermann.

Stefan Forsberg presents the fourth speaker.

The Nobel Prize in Literature

Speech by Professor Anders Olsson, the Swedish Academy, followed by pre-recorded material from the ceremonial presentation.

Lonely House by Kurt Weill. Soloist: soprano Elisabeth Meyer. Clarinet: Magnus Lindgren. Violin: Sofie Sunnerstam. Cello: Amalie Stalheim. Piano: Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir.

Stefan Forsberg introduces the fifth speaker.

The Sveriges Riksbanks Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel

Speech by Professor Tommy Andersson, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, followed by pre-recorded material from the ceremonial presentation in the Laureates’ home country.

Concluding remarks by Stefan Forsberg

Heroes by David Bowie. Soloist: singer Edda Magnason. Flute: Magnus Lindgren. Violin: Sofie Sunnerstam. Cello: Amalie Stalheim. Piano: Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir.

 

Featured musical artists

Magnus Lindgren is an award-winning world artist who has participated in two previous Divertissements. As a composer, arranger and soloist – with the tenor saxophone, clarinet and flute as his main instruments – he has built up an impressive track record.  He has composed a new work for this year’s award ceremony. Singer Edda Magnason won Sweden’s Guldbagge (“Golden Beetle”) Award for best actress in her film role as jazz singer Monica Zetterlund and has performed at the Göteborg Opera and Malmö Opera. Soprano Elisabeth Meyer was awarded the 2018 Birgit Nilsson Scholarship and has appeared on all of Sweden’s major opera stages. Cellist Amalie Stalheim was awarded the 2018 Soloist Prize and has appeared with orchestras and ensembles in many different countries. This is also true of violinist Sofie Sunnerstam, who recently joined the first violin section of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The young jazz pianist and composer Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir received the 2019 Monica Zetterlund Scholarship. Jacob Kellermann has established himself as one of Sweden’s most active and sought-after guitarists and appears internationally as a soloist and chamber musician.

The man behind this year’s musical programme is director Linus Fellbom, who has worked extensively as a lighting designer, scenographer and director on theatre and opera stages all over the world. He directed the Divertissement during the 2016 Nobel Banquet.

The florist is Per Benjamin, who has been in charge of the floral decorations at the Nobel Banquets for the past five years.

 

Information about the ceremonial presentations and the Nobel Week Programme: https://www.nobelprize.org/ceremonies/nobel-week-2020/

The 2020 Nobel Laureates are presented here: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/lists/all-nobel-prizes/

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Rebecka Oxelström, Head of Press
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