The Royal Swedish Academy of Music has a long and illustrious history as one the foremost pillars of Swedish musical life, providing fellowships and prestigious prizes to promote Swedish musical art. The world’s largest competition for young choral directors, the Eric Ericsson Award, and the world’s leading prize in classical music, the Birgit Nilsson Prize, are counted among the foremost. The Academy was founded on September 8, 1771 and today is the oldest still-active musical academy north of the Alps. In 2021 we celebrate this 250-year-old with musical events all over Sweden.
When the Royal Acacemy of Music was founded in 1771, it was unparallelled north of the Alps. This grand and richly illustrated volume relates its 250-year history. External link, opens in new window. Why was it created, and what is its purpose today? What were the central, fateful issues? How have gender equality and new musical currents fared? What role has the Academy played?