The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) was founded in 1912 and is one of Sweden’s oldest orchestras. Principal conductors over the years include Sten Frykberg, John Frandsen, and Okku Kamu. In 2006, Andrew Manze was appointed as principal conductor for the orchestra, which consists of 61 members. 
Under Manze’s leadership, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra has developed a distinctive sound that is clear, fluid, and expressive. The orchestra is internationally renowned and sought after for both concerts and recordings. In January 2013, the HSO performed three sold-out concerts at the Great Festival Hall in Salzburg. 
Since September 2014, Stefan Solyom has been the orchestra’s principal conductor. The Swedish born maestro is currently General Music Director of the Deutsches Nationaltheater and the Staatskapelle Weimar. Alongside its core activities, the HSO aims to reach all Helsingborg residents. The HSO is attempting to break down barriers and create a gateway to the symphony for people who are less accustomed to orchestral music. Hoping to achieve this through new concert arrangements that downplay traditional concert practices, educational and social activities, and various concerts for children and young people, the HSO has undoubtedly become on of the region’s key international leaders.  ... read full bio