The Bayerisches Staatsorchester is one of Germany’s most steeped-in-tradition orchestras and today ranks among the world’s best orchestras. It was selected in surveys by the “Opernwelt” magazine for the ninth time as “Orchestra of the Year” by 50 international critics.

This musical body stands out with its diversity, both in the orchestra pit with opera and ballet performances and on the stage with symphony and chamber music concerts. The activities in Munich are extended with numerous guest performances and concert trips, which regularly take the orchestra to the most important music centres around the world. As a resident orchestra with 144 musicians, the Bayerisches Staatsorchester is at work in almost every Bayerische Staatsoper performance.

Concerts were already referred to as “Academies” (and often organized privately) in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Munich “Musikalische Akademie e.V.” society was founded in 1811 by members of the court orchestra of the day. These particular musicians wanted to establish a professional concert series in Munich. It was the city’s first symphonic concert series. It is now not only the symphony concerts, that is the Bayerisches Staatsorchester Academy Concerts, but rather many other activities that are commonly referred to as “academic” that are bundled under the auspices of this society – the ATTACCA youth orchestra, for example, or the Orchestra Academy for training instrumentalists at the beginning of their career. The “Musikalische Akademie e.V.” society is also responsible for organizing tours.

The Bayerisches Staatsorchester’s work has also been documented since May 2021 by the house’s very own  Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings label. The orchestra is also dedicated together with the Hermann Levi Academy and the ATTACCAyouth orchestra to supporting and promoting young talent.

The Bayerisches Staatsorchester is one of Germany’s oldest orchestras and today ranks among the world’s best. The Bayerisches Staatsorchester and the Bayerische Staatsoper look back over a shared history of almost 500 years. The Staatsorchester is therefore one of the few cultural institutions whose tradition incorporates the entirety of European musical history. The orchestra, whose roots date back to Munich’s royal court orchestra, has staged numerous world premieres, among them Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Idomeneo and Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg as well as Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. Since the very beginning, the most important performers have served here as musical directors, from Richard Strauss, Hermann Levi, Bruno Walter and Hans Knappertsbusch through to Georg Solti, Joseph Keilberth, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Kirill Petrenko. Vladimir Jurowski assumes the post of General Music Director with the 2021/2022 season.

BAYERISCHES STAATSORCHESTER CONCERTS

ACADEMY CONCERTS

Concerts were already referred to as “Academies” (and often organized privately) in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Munich “Musikalische Akademie e.V.” society was founded in 1811 by members of the court orchestra of the day. These particular musicians wanted to establish a professional concert series in Munich. It was the city’s first symphonic concert series. The tradition of the Academy Concerts will also continue in this season conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and other renowned international guest conductors.

 

FURTHER CONCERTS WITH THE BAYERISCHES STAATSORCHESTER

In addition to the Academy Concerts, Bayerisches Staatsorchester members also perform with chamber music concerts, themed concerts and festival concerts.

 

BAYERISCHES STAATSORCHESTER MUSICIANS

 

GUEST CONDUCTORS

You’ll find a listing of the international guest conductors and instrumental soloists that collaborate with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester in the 2021/2022 season here. The “(d)” after a name indicates who is celebrating a debut in Munich this season.

 

CONDUCTORS
Andrea Battistoni, Alexandre Bloch (D), Ivor Bolton, Gianluca Capuano (D), William Christie (D), Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Teodor Currentzis, Bertrand de Billy, Titus Engel (D), Antonino Fogliani, Mikko Franck (D), Edward Gardner (D), Valery Gergiev, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (D), Thomas Hengelbrock, Michail Jurowski, Gábor Káli (D), Lothar Koenigs, Francesco Lanzillotta (D), Fabio Luisi, Cristian Măcelaru, Antonello Manacorda, Ingo Metzmacher, Stefano Montanari (D), Daniel Oren, Evelino Pidò (D), Carlo Rizzi, Daniele Rustioni (1. Gastdirigent), Ulf Schirmer (D), Giedrė Šlekytė (D), Stefan Soltesz, Michele Spotti (D)

INSTRUMENTAL SOLISTS
Leif Ove Andsnes (D), Francesco Bearzatti (D), Francesco Diodati (D), Gabriele Evangelista (D), Isabelle Faust, Giovanni Guidi (D), Gerold Huber, Stephan Matthias Lademann, Enrico Morello (D), Sophie Pacini (D), Antonio Pappano, Gianluca Petrella (D), Christian Poltéra (D), Jean-Guihen Queyras (D), Enrico Rava (D), Timothy Ridout (D), Anne Katharina Schreiber (D), Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider (D), Danusha Waskiewicz (D)

 

MEET THE MUSICIANS – LERNEN SIE UNSERE MUSIKER:INNEN KENNEN
Get to know selected musicians of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester in the video portraits of the “Meet the Musicians” series.

 

 

#13 – Janis Olsson (violin)

Meet the Musicians #13: Janis Olsson (violin)

#12 Sven Strunkeit (trombone)

Meet the Musician #12: Sven Strunkeit (trombone)

#10 Milena Viotti (french horn)

Meet the musicians: Get to know the Bayerische Staatsorchester

#9 Wiebke Heidemeier und Clemens Gordon

Meet the Musicians #2: Wiebke Heidemeier and Clemens Gordon (Viola)

#8 Thomas März (percussion)

Meet the Musicians #3: Thomas März (Schlagzeug)

#7 Gaël Gandino (harp)

Meet the Musicians #4: Gaël Gandino, (Harp)

#6 Rupert Buchner (violoncello)

Meet the Musicians #5: Rupert Buchner (cello)

#5 So-Young Kim (first violin)

Meet the musicians #6: So-Young Kim (Violinist)

#4 Frank Bloedhorn (trumpet)

Meet the musicians #7: Frank Bloedhorn (Trumpet)

#3 Giorgi Gvantseladze (Oboe)

Meet the musicians #8: Giorgi Gvantseladze (Oboe)

#2 Alexandra Hengstebeck (double bass)

Meet the musicians: #9 Alexandra Hengstebeck (doublebass)

#1 Moritz Winker (bassoon)

Meet the musicians: #10 Moritz Winker (bassoon)