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Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
The Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, SON, is considered one of the most exciting orchestras in Scandinavia. Through tours abroad and a wide-ranging CD output, SON also enjoys great respect on the international scene. SON was founded in 1912 and today consists of 81 musicians. The orchestra is based in the De Geer Hall, which is in the unique industrial landscape of Norrköping, and is regarded by many as Sweden’s most beautiful concert hall. The central axis of the repertoire is the great Romantics from Beethoven to Mahler, but the music from the twentieth century until the present as well as Swedish and other Nordic music also play a major role. Many young conductors have started their international career in Norrköping, with former principal conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt and Franz Welser-Möst as the most conspicuous examples. Okko Kamu, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding, Andrew Manze, Andrew Parrott and Michail Jurowski are other conductors who have or have had a close association with the orchestra and who are to be found today on the world’s orchestral stages. In 2012 the young Briton Michael Francis took up the post as SON’s new chief conductor. Many of SON’s CD recordings attract great international attention.