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 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).
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