The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1902 and has since 1926 made its home in Konserthuset Stockholm, the blue concert hall building in the city centre. The orchestra endeavours to reinvigorate and expand the traditional symphonic repertoire, organising an annual, internationally renowned composer festival and regularly commissioning and premiering new works. It has also been noted for its pioneering efforts towards a more gender-balanced repertoire. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra participates annually at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the Nobel Prize Concert.
The young American Ryan Bancroft is the orchestra’s Chief Conductor Designate, beginning his tenure in 2023. Sakari Oramo was the orchestra’s most recent Chief Conductor, over a fruitful and very successful period of 13 years, 2008–21. His predecessor Alan Gilbert led the orchestra from 2000 until 2008. Both Sakari Oramo and Alan Gilbert are now Conductor Laureates of the orchestra, continuing with regular collaborations. Furthermore, Franz Welser-Möst holds the title Eric Ericson Honorary Chair by the orchestra, a position that involves making annual guest appearances with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Through successful tours and award-winning recordings the orchestra has confirmed its international standing, to the point of being called ”one of the finest orchestras in the world” (Die Welt).