Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

Delicate and graceful, the very best of chamber music.
The German family that ignited today's baroque boom

Organization string ensemble
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Founded by Karl Münchinger in 1945, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra has enjoyed international fame for nearly 75 years. Münchinger, who served as principal conductor for more than 40 years, established a group that was initially a small group of elite players to interpret the works of JS Bach and the Viennese Classical period in a completely new and exemplary way. captivated by his vision.

Dennis Russell Davies, Principal Conductor from 1995 to 2006, redefined what the orchestra should prioritize artistically in order to increase its diversity.

Under his guidance, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra's activities have become prominent. His playing field expanded beyond the concert hall to the recording studio, with a repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, including commissioned works by composers Philip Glass and Gia Cancheri.

Russell Davies' Complete Haydn Symphony of 107 was a unique concert series sponsored by Daimler-Benz (now Daimler), recorded live by Sony BMG and spanning 11 years. A CD containing works by Bartok and Lutoslawski conducted by Russell Davies, now Conductor Laureate, was released on the ECM label in 2012.

From 2006, Michael Hofstätter, who has already established himself as a specialist internationally, will serve as Principal Conductor. During his tenure until 2013, Hofstetter added to an even more extensive contemporary repertoire, commissioning works by contemporary German composers such as Siegfried Matus, Helmut Ehring and Mirko Kellemen. Ta. The recording of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra began in Geneva in 1949 with Decca, continuing a long tradition with hundreds of discographies to date.

From the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Matthias Foremny will take over as Principal Conductor of the Orchestra.

Their numerous concerts around the world and participation in numerous international festivals are a testament to the quality of the orchestra and the outstanding ensemble. In the 1950s he worked with Jacques Thibault, Yehudi Menuhin and Wilhelm Kempff, in the 60s Julius Katchen and Arthur Grumiaux, and in the 70s Mstislav Rostropovich, Nathan Milstein and Leonid Kogan. After Münchinger retired, soloists such as Herinck Schelling, Trevor Pinnock and Janos Starker also served as conductors. Conducted by Kolja Blacher, Leon Fleischer, Daniel Hope, Paul Meyer, Renaud Capuçon, Steven Isserlis, and in recent years Roland Villazon, Fazil Say, Daniel Müller-Schott, Anne-Sophie Mutter, He has performed with Ian Bostridge, François Leroux, Xavier de Mestre, Emmanuel Pahud, Martin Frest and Gautier Capuçon. Past guest conductors include Christoph Poppen, Pablo Gonzalez, Ariel Zukermann, Wolfram Christ and Gunter Pichler.

They regularly represent their communities in concert tours around the world. After touring in China, Nepal, India and Japan in 2018, he has also performed in South America, Italy, Austria, Holland and France.

The orchestra also attaches great importance to its involvement with local educational institutions, and in addition to its frequent collaborations with the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts, it is involved in educational projects with visually impaired students and young people.

In 2008, he was awarded the European Chamber Music Award of the European Cultural Foundation for his outstanding achievements. It is also supported by the German state of Baden-Württemberg, the city of Stuttgart and the Robert Bosch company.

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