As early as the 18th and 19th centuries, (often privately organized) concerts were referred to as "academies". The Munich association "Musikalische Akademie e. V." was founded in 1811 from among the then court opera orchestra. The musicians wanted to finally establish a professional concert series in Munich. In fact, it was the first symphonic concert series in this city, which is still programmatically planned today by a committee from among the orchestra's members.
This tradition of the Academy Concerts, now more than one hundred and fifty years old, will continue under the artistic direction of General Music Director Vladimir Jurowski, who himself conducts three programs. As part of the anniversary year 2023, in which the former chief conductors are guests of the Bayerische Staatsorchester, Kirill Petrenko (1st Academy Concert) and Kent Nagano (2nd Academy Concert) will return to the podium of the National Theater after Zubin Mehta (in the 2022/23 season).