The Bavarian State Orchestra


The Bavarian State Orchestra is one of the most traditional orchestras in Germany and one of the best orchestras in the world today. It has been voted Orchestra of the Year for the ninth time by 50 international critics in surveys conducted by the magazine "Opernwelt".

The orchestra impresses with its versatility, both in the pit for opera and ballet performances and on stage for symphony and chamber concerts. The activities in Munich are complemented by numerous guest performances and concert tours, which regularly take the orchestra to the world's most important music centers. As the house orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra with its 144 musicians performs in almost every performance of the Bavarian State Opera.

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 the midst of 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. In the meantime, not only the symphony concerts, i.e. the Academy Concerts of the Bavarian State Orchestra, are bundled under the umbrella of this association, but also many activities that are more commonly understood as "academic": the youth orchestra ATTACCA, for example, or the Orchestra Academy for the training of instrumentalists at the beginning of their professional lives. The organization of tours is also the responsibility of the Musical Academy Association.

Since May 2021, the work of the Bavarian State Orchestra has also been documented by its own label, Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings. In addition, the orchestra is committed to promoting young talent through the Hermann Levi Academy and the ATTACCA youth orchestra. 

The Bavarian State Orchestra can thus look back on a history of almost 500 years. This makes it one of the few cultural institutions whose tradition spans almost the entire history of European music. The orchestra has staged several world premieres, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Idomeneo or Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg as well as Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. Since the beginning, the most important artists of their time have served as music directors, from Richard Strauss, Hermann Levi, Bruno Walter and Hans Knappertsbusch to Georg Solti, Joseph Keilberth, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Kirill Petrenko. Beginning with the 2021-22 season, Vladimir Jurowski will assume the post of general music director.

 

General Music Director

Vladimir Jurowski has been General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera since the fall of 2021.

To the full biography 

 

Unplugged since 500 Years  - 500 Years of the Bavarian State Orchestra

The history of the Bavarian State Orchestra began half a millennium ago.  Learn more here!

 

MUSICIANS OF THE BAYERISCHES STAATSORCHESTER

 

ORCHESTRA BOARD
Christian Loferer (Chairman)
Andreas Riepl (Vice-Chairman)
Dania Lemp

MUSICAL ACADEMY
Ruth-Elena Schindel
Matjaž Bogataj
Giorgi Gvantseladze

MANAGING DIRECTOR BAYERISCHES STAATSORCHESTER KONZERT GMBH, BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER RECORDINGS
Guido Gärtner

ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD
Martina Beck
Milena Viotti
Yves Savary
Stefan Ambrosius
Claudio Estay

GUEST CONDUCTORS

Here you will find a list of the international guest conductors and instrumental soloists who will be working with the Bavarian State Orchestra in the 2021/22 season. A "(D)" after the name indicates who is making their debut in Munich this year.

 

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. guest conductor), 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 
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)