Stavanger Symphony Orchestra

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The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has become one of the most successful orchestras in Scandinavia.

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is one of Scandinavia’s most successful orchestras and has in recent years had a significant artistic development and large audience growth.

The orchestra is to be an innovative player for symphonic music and has international ambitions. SSO performs and has its concerts in the Fartein Valen in Stavanger concert hall which is ranked as one of the best acoustic halls in the world.

Latvian Andris Poga is the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra’s new chief conductor from the 2021/22 season. Poga takes over after Christian Vasquez, who has been the chief conductor for SSO from 2013 to 2019.

The orchestra has made a number of recordings and been touring in Japan, USA, Germany, Russia, Finland and the Netherlands. SSO was nominated for Spellemann 2018 for Gisle Kverndock’s Symphonic Dances and recieved two Hedda Awards i 2019, hence Best Performance, for The Mute.

The orchestra was founded in 1938 and consists of 85 musicians from 23 different nations.