The Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
The Uppsala Chamber Orchestra – regarded by many as one of the finest chamber orchestras in Sweden – is part of Musik i Uppland, the county musical foundation. The orchestra has previously released critically acclaimed live recordings on Naxos, for instance with music by Sibelius, Rossini and Stenhammar. See all CDs here.
The Uppsala Chamber Orchestra is characterized by its flexibility in various styles, from early baroque to contemporary music, and its exquisite orchestral sound, both warm and lustrous. The orchestra includes a number of soloists who ensure its high quality.
The Orchestra’s first chief conductor from 1993 was Gérard Korsten, now artistic director of the London Mozart Players. Howard Shelley, the English pianist and conductor, was its chief conductor from 2000 to 2003. From 2004 to 2017, its chief conductor was Paul Mägi, a very highly regarded conductor with multiple international assignments.
From the season of 2019/2020 Rebecca Miller will become new chief conductor.
The concertmasters are Nils-Erik Sparf, Klara Hellgren and Bernt Lysell, who are also members of the string ensemble Uppsala Chamber Soloists.
Paul Mägi, Honorary Conductor of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
The highly respected Estonian conductor Paul Mägi was the chief conductor between 2004 – 2017. It was a very successful cooperation and a close relationship was tied between Mägi and the musicians. His last concert as the orchestras chief conductor was in May 2017, when Paul Mägi received the title Honorary Conductor for the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, as the orchestras first and only conductor with this title.
Under Paul Mägis experienced and throughout highly musical leadership the Orchestra has performed the repertoire of the musical masters with great joy, not least to hear in several CDs. In total nine CDs has been released in the serie Uppsala Kammarorkester Live (Naxos) with Mägi as conductor and executive producer. The first recordings were made in the University Hall of Uppsala, and the later were recorded in the new concert hall, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, that was inaugurated in September 2007.
Mona Gunnarsson, Orchestra Manager, phone: +46 (0)18-17 19 36, e-mail