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.