• New Concert Hall Organ at Gothenburg Symphony

    Project management - Göteborg International Organ Academy Association

    Hans Davidsson, Artistic Director Göteborg International Organ Academy




    The Gothenburg International Organ Academy collaborates with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and HIGAB (a real-estate company, the proprietor of the Gothenburg Concert Hall and itself owned by the City of Gothenburg) in order to provide Gothenburg with a new world-class concert hall organ. The organ, which is being built by the Austrian firm Rieger Orgelbau, will begin to be installed in summer 2019. The inauguration is planned for the 2021 Organ Festival, but already in spring 2019, you will have the opportunity to meet the organ builders and learn about the project through a number of video films made during the building process, which will be published in our channel ORGEL-TV and on our Facebook page.


    During the Festival in autumn 2019, you will be given the opportunity to personally meet the organ builders. The concert hall organ-building project is monitored and supported by an international expert group, in which the Göteborg International Organ Academy Association participates as a consultant, through its affiliated company GOART AB.







    GRAND ORGUE (Manual I)
    Montre 16’
    Bourdon 16’
    Montre 8’
    Flûte harmonique 8’
    Bourdon 8’
    Viole de gambe 8’
    Grosse Quinte 51/3’
    Prestant 4’
    Flûte 4’
    Grosse Tierce 31/5’
    Quinte 22/3’
    Doublette 2’
    Cornet (från c1) V
    Fourniture (2’) V
    Cymbale (1’) IV
    Bombarde 16’
    Trompette 8’
    Clairon 4’
    Saxophone (*) 8’


    Quintaton 16’
    Principal 8’
    Flûte 8’
    Cor de nuit 8’
    Salicional 8’
    Unda maris (from c0) 8’
    Prestant 4’
    Flûte douce 4’
    Nazard 22/3’
    Doublette 2’
    Tierce 13/5’
    Larigot 11/3’
    Septième 11/7’
    Piccolo 1’
    Neuvième 8/9’
    Onzième 8/11’
    Cornet (from f0) V
    Plein Jeu (11/3’) IV
    Basson 16’
    Trompette 8’
    Cromorne 8’


    Bourdon 16’
    Diapason 8’
    Flûte traversière 8’
    Bourdon 8’
    Viole de gambe 8’
    Voix céleste (from c0) 8’
    Octave 4’
    Flûte octaviante 4’
    Nazard harmonique 22/3’
    Octavin 2’
    Tierce harmonique 13/5’
    Fourniture (2’) IV
    Cymbale (1/2’) III
    Bombarde 16’
    Trompette harmonique 8’
    Basson & Hautbois 8’
    Voix humaine 8’
    Clairon harmonique 4’


    Violonbasse 16’
    Corno dolce 16’
    Violon 8’
    Flûte d’orchestre 8’
    Bourdon doux 8’
    Quintaton 8’
    Éolienne 8’
    Voix angélique (from c0) 8’
    Viole 4’
    Flûte d’echo 4’
    Piccolo 2’
    Harmonia aetheria (22/3’) III
    Clarinette (*) 8’
    Physharmonica (**) 16’
    Physharmonica (**) 8’


    SOLO EXPRESSIF (‘floating’)
    Cor d’harmonie 8’
    Violoncelle 8’
    Violoncelle céleste (from c0) 8’
    Cor anglais 8’
    Tuba magna 16’
    Tuba mirabilis 8’
    Tuba clairon 4’


    BOMBARDE (‘floating’)
    Cor d’harmonie (SOLO) 8’
    Tuba magna (SOLO) 16’
    Tuba mirabilis (SOLO) 8’
    Tuba clairon (SOLO) 4’
    Trompette Royale (***) 8’


    Basse acoustique (****) 32’
    Violonbasse (ORCH.) 16’
    Corno dolce (ORCH.) 16’
    Violoncelle 8 (SOLO) 8’
    Violon (ORCH.) 8’
    Corno dolce (****) 8’
    Physharmonica (ORCH.) 16’
    Tuba magna (SOLO) 16’
    Tuba mirabilis (SOLO) 8’
    Tuba clairon (SOLO) 4’


    Basse acoustique [211/3’] 64’
    Soubasse 32’
    Flûte 16’
    Montre (GRAND ORGUE) 16’
    Soubasse 16’
    Grosse Quinte 102/3’
    Flûte 8’
    Principal 8’
    Grande Tierce 62/5’
    Quinte 51/3’
    Grande Septième 44/7’
    Flûte 4’
    Bombarde 32’
    Bombarde 16’
    Basson 16’
    Trompette 8’
    Clairon 4’


    (*) free reed
    (**) free reed with separate swell device
    (***) on high pressure
    (****) from Corno dolce 16’ (ORCHESTRE)



    Manuals: C–c4
    Pedal: C g1


    Mechanical action console, built-in (movable in up- and downwards direction)
    Remote, mobile console (electric, proportional key and stop action)

    112 stops, incl. 15 transmissions


    Normal couplers, sub- and super-octave couplers; 12 free adjustable couplers


    Rieger’s combination system (4 adjustable crescendi; sostenuto; etc.)
    Additional Swell shutter system, movable panels in the back wall of the stage

    Rieger’s tuning system and replay system; MIDI


    Various pressures for various windchests/groups of stops
    Flexible wind system for the Grand Orgue (c:a 20–150 mm)





  • Building the organ

    Project management - Göteborg International Organ Academy Association

  • Tuning the hall

    Project management - Göteborg International Organ Academy Association

  • New concert hall organ at Gothenburg Symphony

    Project management - Göteborg International Organ Academy Association

    Wendelin Eberle - CEO, Rieger Orgelbau - Photographer: Jon Liinason

    Wendelin Eberlin, Rieger Orgelbau, Schwarzach

    Jan-Inge Gustavsson, Akustikon, Gothenburg

    Photo: Jon Liinason




    As of January 2018 the Gothenburg International Organ Academy sealed a historic agreement to build a new concert hall organ of the highest international dignity. By 2021 Gothenburg and the Gothenburg Symphony will be able, just in time for the city's 400th anniversary, to invite music lovers for organ experiences accompanied by a full symphony orchestra and singers who which has not previously been possible.

    The existing organ at the Gothenburg concert hall dates from 1937 and was built by the Danish company Marcussen & Søn. Although it is an impressive example of the art of organ building from that time, it has never worked satisfactorily, since its size and design were not adapted to the room. A renovation in the 1980s made it possible to use it for a time, but since the beginning of the 2000s it has been unplayable.
    A working concert organ would provide new musical opportunities for the internationally renowned concert hall and attract new visitors.

    A preliminary study was conducted under the auspices of organ professor Hans Davidsson, artistic director of the Gothenburg International Organ Academy (GIOA), commissioned by the owner of the Concert Hall, the real estate company Higab in collaboration with the Gothenburg Symphony. The purpose of this study has been to investigate whether the organ could be restored to working condition, alternatively be rebuilt to meet the requirements for versatile use at a concert hall. A reference group has been formed, comprising members of the organizational bodies concerned as well as international experts in organ building. The reference group has, in dialogue with the project management, studied the various options for the concert hall organ, also seeking advice from experts in cultural heritage.

    The result of the preliminary study showed that the optimal solution would be to build a new organ adapted to the concert hall. In such a project, new technology and knowledge can be used in the creation of an instrument that optimally fills the function of a concert hall organ in the Gothenburg Concert Hall.


    The commission to build the new organ was won by the well-known Austrian organ building company Rieger Orgelbau. The estimated cost of the project, including building adjustments etc, is approximately €3.5 million.

    All decisions concerning the construction of the symphonic concert organ have been sound-oriented, with a strong emphasis on the overall effect, a full, embracing and shimmering whole-length tonal palette in a very wide register from the tenderest to the most powerful of expressive sonorities. The organ will have solo voices that marry seamlessly with the instruments of the orchestra, and all sounding parts of the organ will be placed in the front of the organ room for the best possible acoustic effect. The sound of each individual pipe will be sculpted with the utmost care.

    In 2021, the vision of the architect of the Concert Hall, Nils Einar Eriksson, who in the 1930s drafted the concert hall with an organ right next to the orchestra, will finally be realized. The sound of an organ merging with the Gothenburg Symphony as one body, will be heard for the first time, ever. Thus Gothenburg will soon be able to invite music lovers to enjoy the sound of a large organ accompanied by a full symphony orchestra and singers, an experience that has not previously been possible.


    More info here.