Ryan Bancroft Appointed New Chief Conductor of Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Ben Ealovega)

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the appointment of Ryan Bancroft as its new Chief Conductor. Bancroft will succeed Sakari Oramo in his new post.

Bancroft’s first performance with the orchestra as Chief Conductor Designate will be the prestigious Nobel Prize Concert on Dec. 8, 2021.

“We struck gold, he’s a unique talent! There is a fabulous chemistry and truly sparkling energy between Ryan and the Orchestra. His thoughtful readings of the score make every rehearsal and concert a revelation. With Ryan, we take off from an impressive and solid musical foundation built by his predecessors over the past 20 years, our Conductor Laureates Sakari Oramo and Alan Gilbert,” said the Orchestra’s Executive and Artistic Director Stefan Forsberg in an official press statement.

“It’s incredibly difficult to put into words what it means to be appointed Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra: moved, elated, overjoyed, and all other superlatives in between. This is an orchestra that knows how to set a gold standard of music making and takes very seriously music’s ability to communicate to people like you and me; no moment is taken for granted. In my inaugural concert as Chief Conductor we will perform the prominent Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström’s seminal work, The High Mass, for the first time in the orchestra’s history. I know this will be the first of many memorable performances together, and I for one cannot wait to see what the future holds for us,” said Bancroft of the appointment.

Bancroft currently serves as Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Artist in Association with the Tapiola Sinfonietta.

Bancroft begins his tenure during the 2023-24 season.