The Malmö Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1925 as the city’s opera and symphony orchestra, but since 1991 has concentrated exclusively on the symphonic repertoire. Over the years numerous eminent musicians have served as the orchestra’s principal or honorary conductor, among them Sixten Ehrling, Herbert Blomstedt, János Fürst, James DePreist, Paavo Järvi and Vassily Sinaisky. The Malmö Symphony Orchestra proudly upholds the symphonic tradition, but also endeavours to look towards the future and develop new concert concepts, for instance with computer game music. The Malmö Concert Hall hosts a rich and varied selection of concerts, attended by large and enthusiastic audiences. The orchestra actively promotes music for children and young people, and has for example developed the concept of ‘Nallekonserter’ (‘Teddy Bear Concerts’) aimed at very young children. In addition, 2008 saw the establishment of a youth orchestra, MSO Ung, with talented young string players from the region. The Malmö Symphony Orchestra has made a large number of recordings, including more than 40 releases for BIS. Many of these have been acclaimed internationally, and have gained such accolades as the Cannes Classical Award and Diapason d’Or, not to mention a Gramophone Award nomination.