The Norrköping Symphony Orchestra is one of the most thrilling orchestras of Scandinavia. By touring across the world and establishing a large discography, the orchestra has developed a very large and loyal fan crowd and well deserved acclaim on the international stage. Norrköping Symphony was established in 1912 and currently consists of 81 talented musicians. It maintains a special place in the region’s cultural life thanks to their long and rich history. The Louis De Geer Concert Hall is the orchestra’s home. Karin Veres is the orchestra's CEO and artistic director.
SON’s history is dominated by both tradition and new thinking. The orchestra’s main repertoire consists of the great romantic era composers from Beethoven to Mahler but it is just as important to perform 20th century music and Swedish/Nordic music. The orchestra is currently involved in a long term project to perform and record all of Allan Pettersson’s symphonies together with conductor Christian Lindberg, an effort that has achieved great international acclaim. In february 2015 the recording of the Allan Pettersson symphony no 9 won a Grammis, the oldest and most important music award in Sweden.
SON has placed Norrköping on the world map with their tours of Europe, Japan, and China. SON’s history is characterised by the many young conductors that began their international careers in Norrköping. Herbert Blomstedt and Franz Welser-Möst are the most famous examples – both have been Chief Conductor for SON. Since 2012 Michael Francis is The Norrköping Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor.