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Yo-Yo Ma First Soloist in Newly Established Nobel Prize Concert

24 August 2005

Nobel Media, in partnership with the Stockholm Concert Hall, is launching the Nobel Prize Concert - an absolute world-class annual event. The concert will take place on December 8 and be part of the official program during the Nobel Week. On Monday, August 29, tickets will go on sale to the general public.

The Nobel Prize Concert is an annually recurring classic concert concept of the finest international class, following in the tradition of the Jubilee Concert held in the 1990s and the Centennial Concert in 2001 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize.

The concert will be held primarily to honor the year's Nobel Laureates, in the presence of the Nobel Laureates and their parties, Sweden's Royal Family and the Nobel Foundation's guests. The general public is also being offered an opportunity to attend. On Monday, August 29, more than 800 tickets will be released for sale.

"For the first time, we can give the general public access to a Nobel event on a more regular basis. Music has always played a major part in Nobel contexts, so this is especially pleasing for us," says Camilla Hyltén-Cavallius, Managing Director of Nobel Media.

Appearing as the soloist at this year's Nobel Prize Concert will be world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a beloved and famous interpreter of the classic cello repertoire, but also the founder and Artistic Director of the boundary-breaching Silk Road Project and performer of the music for Ang Lee's film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".

"We are enormously thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Yo-Yo Ma at this year's Nobel Prize Concert. He is a performer in a league of his own, whose virtuosity and charisma will give the Nobel Prize Concert an altogether special luster," says Stefan Forsberg, Executive and Artistic Director, Stockholm Concert Hall.

The conductor of this year's concert will be another musical celebrity, Sakari Oramo, Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and now also the successor of Sir Simon Rattle at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, these exclusive guest performers will offer a dazzling concert program consisting of Dvorak's Cello Concerto and Stravinsky's Firebird, spiced with more modern musical pieces.

The Nobel Prize Concert is an externally financed project within the framework of Nobel Media's activities in partnership with the Stockholm Concert Hall. The ticket price for the general public will range from SEK 725 to SEK 825, including the program book and champagne during intermission.

The Nobel Prize Concert is sponsored by DnB NOR and Statkraft.

For further information, please contact:

Camilla Hyltén-Cavallius, Managing Director, Nobel Media, telephone +46 8 663 14 83 or cell (mobile) +46 70 524 57 70.

Stefan Forsberg, Executive and Artistic Director, Stockholm Concert Hall, telephone +46 8786 02 20 or cell (mobile) +46 70 786 02 50.


Nobel Media AB is the Nobel Foundation's newly established media company, mainly entrusted with managing and developing media-related rights connected with the Nobel Prizes.


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