Kent Nagano appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

30 August 2012, 10:14 | Updated: 4 June 2014, 18:02

He adds his name to a host of master-conductors, including composers Sibelius and Nielsen, as well as Herbert von Karajan, Neeme Järvi and Gustavo Dudamel.

American conductor Kent Nagano is to start a three year tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Sweden. He will be working for six to seven weeks each season with the orchestra, starting in autumn 2013.

He first performed with the Swedish orchestra almost 20 years ago, conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. More recently, they performed Wagner’s Götterdämmerung in Gothenburg.

"The Gothenburg Symphony is a remarkable orchestra, not only technically brilliant but an ensemble possessing profound sound-colour, personality and style which reflects its important and deep Nordic traditions," he said.

Nagano said he was delighted to join the star-studded list of the orchestra’s conductors, which includes Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux and Herbert von Karajan. Previous principal conductors include Wilhelm Stenhammar, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi and Gustavo Dudamel, who now holds the title of Honorary Conductor after working with the orchestra for five years.