Music has always played a major part in Nobel Prize celebrations and today the Nobel Prize Concert follows in this great tradition.
The classical music concert features internationally-renowned musicians and conductors, and is held annually to honour the year’s Nobel Laureates. It is attended by members of the Swedish Royal family, Nobel Laureates and guests, and today has become a highlight of the Nobel Prize calendar.
Herbert Blomstedt is one of the world’s pre-eminent conductors, and Sweden's most foremost conductor of all time. He has served as chief conductor of many excellent orchestras, among them Dresden Staatskapelle, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Since his debut at Konserthuset Stockholm in 1954 he has conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra more than 200 times.
This year's soloist was the soprano Miah Persson. Born in Hudiksvall, Sweden, she made her operatic debut in 1998. Miah Persson performs in the world’s leading opera houses and is also highly active in concert settings.
The concert programme comprised works by Carl Nielsen, Wilhelm Stenhammar, Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius.
The concert in pictures
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Violinist Lisa Batiashvili was the soloist at the 2018 Nobel Prize Concert. Conductor Karina Canellakis led the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme comprising Ann-Sofi Söderqvist's Movements, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major op 35 and Symphony No 4 in f minor op 36.