The Stuttgart Philharmonic was founded in September 1924, and has been sponsored by the city of Stuttgart, capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg, since 1976. Besides the concert programme in their home town, the Stuttgart Philharmonic performs regularly in numerous cities in south-western Germany and gives guest performances both in Germany and internationally every year.
The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra was founded by Ernst Markus in 1957, and is the orchestra in residence at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg (formerly the Musikhalle Hamburg). Robert Heger was the first principal conductor, with István Kertész the permanent guest conductor.
The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra regularly performs symphony and chamber concerts in the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, and operas and ballets at the Hamburg State Opera. The orchestra has gained international recognition through its tours in countries including Japan, USA, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Scandinavia, Turkey, Poland and China.
The Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and its sponsoring association was founded on 1st June 1946, and is the symphony orchestra of the Nuremberg metropolitan region in Bavaria. The orchestra is funded by the Free State of Bavaria, the city of Nuremberg and the Central Franconia region. The concert orchestra of the European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg performs in front of roughly 200,000 concert-goers every year at around 100 diverse music events. The symphonic concerts in the Nuremberg Meistersingerhalle venue focus on a classical-romantic repertoire, while the orchestra also plays in the Serenadenhof outdoor venue and at the largest classical open-air event in Europe at the Nuremberg Luitpoldhain during the summer season.
The South Westphalia Philharmonic became the State Orchestra of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1992. It is based in Hilchenbach in the Siegen-Wittgenstein districtand performs its concert programme throughout the South Westphalia region. The orchestra is also a regular guest on concert stages in the Federal Republic of Germany and also in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and the Czech Republic.
As a concert orchestra, South Westphalia Philharmonic’s repertoire is based on classical, romantic and modern concert pieces, but in recent years it has also gained a reputation for its open and liberal programming policy.
The Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie is one the orchestras in Germany that is most steeped in illustrious tradition.Founded inChemnitz by Wilhelm August Mejo in 1833 as a city orchestra, it proceeded to gain a significant national profile. The opening of the Chemnitz Opera House in 1909 marked a further period ofgreat success. Guest conductors including Richard Strauss, Fritz Busch, Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, Erich Kleiber, Arthur Nikisch, Arnold Schönberg, Max Reger and Paul Hindemith were invited to Chemnitz during the time of Oskar Malata, the first general music director of the ‘Städtische Kapelle’ (city orchestra) from 1910 to 1931.
The orchestra was given its current name on the occasion of its 150th anniversary in 1983.
The Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle symphony orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in Germany, and has been an important milestone in orchestral culture and music history since its founding in 1563.
What started as a small‘Hofkapelle’ (court orchestra) founded on 17thJune 1563, quickly became an international orchestra, and musicians from all over Europe were invited to Schwerin by a long line of directors of music to enhance the Hofkapelle’s reputation. Although the fate of the Hofkapellelay in the hands of kings and princes for many years, the musicians managed to establishthe orchestra's renownwell into the 18th century.
The long-standing patrons included Antonio Rosetti, Friedrich von Flotow and Georg Alois Schmitt. Musical theatre and symphony concerts flourishedin the mid-19th centuryin the newly built state theatre, when the orchestra worked with leading musical personalities such as Brahms, Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Hans von Bülow, Pablo de Sarasate, Joseph Joachim and Camille Saint-Säens. The orchestra became one of the leading interpreters of Richard Wagner's works, with an active exchange of singers and musicians between Bayreuth and Schwerin, thus consolidating the orchestra's reputation.
The orchestra was renamed the Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin in 1926, and continued to collaborate with greatconductorslike Kurt Masur, Klaus Tennstedt and Hartmut Haenchen.
The International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht attracts numerous prominent musicians who perform familiar and new works in the chamber music repertoire. The festival has been extremely well attended over the years, and maintainsextremely high standards of performance.
The International Chamber Music Festival was the initiative of the Dutch violinist Janine Jansen. Jansen, who also plays the viola, received the Niederländische Musikpreis (Dutch Music Award) in 2003, and was awarded the (British) Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Prize in 2009.
The festival takes place at various locations in the city and, in addition to the chamber music highlights, allows visitors the opportunity to discover the cultural and historical sights Utrecht has to offer, including the Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh music venue, Van Schijndelhuis (the Van Schijndel House, designed by architect Mart van Schijndel in 1992), Paushuize (the 16th century Papal house), the Centraal Museum andthe Domkerk (St Martin’s Cathedral).
Bad Saulgauer Konzerte
The HMDK Stuttgart (State University of Music and Performing
Arts) was founded in 1857, and is the oldest and, with almost 900 students, the
largest university for music and the performing arts in Baden-Württemberg. It
is part of the Stuttgart ‘culturalmile’
and is not only
of great importance as a university, but also as a concert venue and cultural
centre for Stuttgart and the surrounding area.
The HDMK will be hosting the 1st International Violin Competition