The Bayerisches Staatsorchester celebrates a monumental anniversary

The history of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester began half a millennium ago.
As early as 1523 there are the first employment records documenting the salaries of the permanently employed court musicians. From small beginnings in a courtly context, the orchestra gradually grew into a large opera orchestra, which soon also regularly performed symphonic works and, from the early 19th century, organized the first public concert series in Munich as part of the Musikalische Akademie. Major works celebrated their world premiere at the Nationaltheater, from Mozart (Idomeneo) to Wagner (Tristan and Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre) to Penderecki (Ubu Rex), Reimann (Bernarda Albas Haus), Widmann (Babylon), Srnka (South Pole) and Abrahamsen (The Snow Queen).

Today, the Bayerisches Staatsorchester is one of the international top ensembles with members from twenty-four nations. The excellence and versatility of this orchestra, equally at home in the orchestra pit and on the concert podium, is lauded worldwide. Since 2013 the Staatsorchester has been voted "Orchestra of the Year" seven times in a row by 50 international critics in the opera magazine, Opernwelt.

In 2023 it celebrates its first 500 years and looks to the future from the perspective of this venerable tradition. The anniversary will be celebrated with numerous different formats and events. And of course established series such as the symphonic Academy Concerts, the Chamber Concerts in the Allerheiligen Hofkirche and the Festival Chamber Concerts in the Cuvilliés-Theater will feature as extra special highlights. Along with the incumbent General Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski, his predecessors are also invited to conduct their former orchestra, with Zubin Mehta getting the season started. For the various chamber music formats the orchestra members have chosen succinct epochs and artistic personalities, each of which will illuminate significant chapters in the ensemble's history. An official ceremony at the Nationaltheater will open the anniversary year, followed by several special concerts, both outdoors and in glittering halls. The power of music will radiate into the world near and far, with a tour of European musical capitals, as well as with cooperation partners in the city of Munich and the surrounding area, to enrich as many people as possible – music for everyone at the highest possible level.


Unplugged since 500 years

500 years


Further projects

In November 2022 we will show all continuing projects around the anniversary year 2023 on this page.