NorrlandsOperan´s Symphony Orchestra
What is now NorrlandsOperan´s Symphony Orchestra was once a military brass band, formed in 1841. The string section was added in 1974, in conjunction with the founding of NorrlandsOperan. As a symphony orchestra, NorrlandsOperan´s Symphony Orchestra took on its current form and formal status in 1991 and has undergone significant development over the past 35 years.
Today, the orchestra consists of 47 professional musicians, many of whom perform in various chamber music events. Over and above ordinary concert performances, the symphony orchestra also plays an important role as an opera orchestra. The orchestra also performs during NorrlandsOperan's two annual festivals, MADE and Umeå Jazz Festival, and tours both nationally and internationally.
NorrlandsOperan´s Symphony Orchestra has several times enjoyed success on the international recorded music market. The orchestra won a prestigious French award for its Shifting Landscapes album, and for its recording of Rosenberg's opera The Isle of Bliss, it was awarded a Grammy Award, together with the accompanying ensemble. The orchestra was also nominated for a Grammy Award for its album of music by American composer David Chesky, Urban Concertos. Appointed in the autumn of 2009, British conductor Rumon Gamba currently serves as the orchestra's principal conductor.