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 tenth 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.

Gramophone Awards 2022 

We are delighted to announce that three releases from Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings have been honored at the 2022 Gramophone Awards.
Gramophone magazine's critics selected the best from a shortlist of 72 recordings and our newly established label received no fewer than four prestigious awards - an unprecedented achievement in the Awards' nearly 50-year history.
Kirill Petrenko and the Bavarian State Orchestra won the award in orchestral recordings with their recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 7.
Hans Abrahamsen's The Snow Queen was honored in the Contemporary category, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's The Death City received two awards: the Opera category and the most coveted award, the Recordings of the Year.

Purchase the three award-winning releases at a special bundle price. 


The Award Package

Opus Classic

At the OPUS CLASSIC, the most important prize for classical music in Germany, which was awarded on October 9 2022 in Berlin, the recording of The death city received the award in the category "opera recording". The OPUS CLASSIC was accepted on behalf of the team by Jonas Kaufmann.
The General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera, Vladimir Jurowski was awarded "Conductor of the Year" for the album "Strauss: An Alpine Symphony". 
With the award in the category "Chamber Music Recording" for the Trio 21Meter60, another member of the Bavarian State Orchestra receives the OPUS CLASSIC: Steffen Schmid (tuba), as well as Constantin Hartwig and Fabian Neckermann (tuba) as former members of the Hermann Levi Academy of the Bavarian State Orchestra.

More information can be found here. 

Orchestra of the Year 2022

The Bavarian State Orchestra has been named Orchestra of the Year for the 8th time in a row. As one of the oldest and most traditional orchestras in the world, the Bavarian State Orchestra emerged from the Munich Hofkapelle. Its origins can be traced back half a millennium to the year 1523. 

While church music was initially the focus of its artistic activity, more and more secular concerts and opera performances were added in the course of the 17th century.
In 1811, the members of the court orchestra founded the Musical Academy Association. With its Academy Concerts, the Musical Academy established Munich's first concert series and continues to shape the musical life of the city and the Free State of Bavaria with its symphonic, chamber music and music education activities.
The Bavarian State Orchestra holds its present name since 1918. Its status as a top orchestra is representded through guest performances and concert tours in the music centers of the world.

With the 2021/22 season, Vladimir Jurowski has taken over as Bavarian General Music Director of the Bavarian State Orchestra.

In 2023, the Bavarian State Orchestra celebrates its 500th anniversary.

Here you can find more information.


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!





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

Ruth-Elena Schindel
Matjaž Bogataj
Giorgi Gvantseladze

Guido Gärtner

Martina Beck
Milena Viotti
Yves Savary
Stefan Ambrosius
Claudio Estay


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.


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)

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).



Get to know selected musicians of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester in the video portraits of the “Meet the Musicians” series.



#14 – Stefan Ambrosius (Tuba)

Meet the Musicians #14: Stefan Ambrosius (Tuba)

#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)