The Swedish Wind Ensemble - Summary in English
The Swedish Wind Ensemble has its residence at Musikaliska, Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm’s most ancient concert hall, built in 1978. The orchestra prides itself with its breadth of repertoire, genre-crossing collaborations, and its unusually gender equal programming. The Swedish Wind Ensemble has developed, from a band directed by Stockholm’s public transport company SL – then called Stockholm’s Tramway men’s band – to a modern, bold, innovative ensemble.
Over the years, The Swedish Wind Ensemble has performed works by composers such as Andrea Tarrodi, Benjamin Staern, Christian Lindberg, Anders Hillborg and Csaba Deák. Recordings include composer portraits by Mikael Råberg, Martin Q Larsson and most recently Igor Stravinsky's Work for winds. A series of records have been released with international soloists conducted by Christian Lindberg, the former conductor of the orchestra.
Over the past ten years, the orchestra has actively been striving for a more equal repertoire and greater gender awareness, leading to new musical discoveries, works and transcriptions of older music by composers such as Helena Munktell, Elfrida Andrée, Valborg Aulin and Lili Boulanger.
In addition to classical music, cross over is an important part. Folk music, world music and Argentine tango are recurring elements of the repertoire and often take place in collaboration with soloists in the same genre.
The orchestra operates mainly in Stockholm, but has established itself as one of Scandinavia’s leading wind ensembles with a growing international reputation.
Cathrine Winnes, the Orchestra’s artistic director and principal conductor from 2016.