BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

As one of the BBC’s six performing groups the majority of BBC Philharmonic’s concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Juanjo Mena is Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. Hailing from the Basque region of Spain he has brought his passion for large-scale choral works and the music of his home country to the orchestra since taking up the post in 2011.

The BBC Philharmonic has its roots in the city of Manchester, since it’s foundation in 1934 as the BBC Northern Orchestra. In 1982, soon after moving to the BBC’s new building on Oxford Road in Manchester, it changed its name to the BBC Philharmonic. In 2011 the BBC moved many of its major departments to a new centre at Salford Quays. The BBC Philharmonic was the first to move to the new site, where it has a state-of-the-art acoustically-engineered orchestral studio.

The BBC Philharmonic is supported by Salford City Council, enabling the orchestra to build active links in the local area through a busy learning and community programme.

Juanjo Mena

Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, United Kingdom, Juanjo Mena is one of Spain’s most distinguished international conductors.

He has worked with many prestigious orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Montreal and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, the Cleveland and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, Orchestre National de France and Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milan,

His operatic work includes »The Flying Dutchman«, »Salome«, »Elektra«, »Ariadne auf Naxos«, »Duke Bluebeard’s Castle« and »Erwartung« and productions including »Eugene Onegin« in Genova, »The Marriage of Figaro« in Lausanne and »Billy Budd« in Bilbao.

He has made several recordings with the BBC Philharmonic, including a disc of works by Manuel de Falla, which have gained excellent reviews from the specialist music press. He has also recorded a collection of Basque symphonic music with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra for Naxos, and a critically acclaimed rendering of Olivier Messiaen’s »Turangalîla Symphony« for Hyperion with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Juanjo Mena’s Messiaen interpretation is said to »utterly redefine the terms under which past/current/future Turangalîlas need to be judged«. (Gramophone, October 2012).

Lionel Bringuier

At 13, he was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied cello and conducting from 2000 on, graduating in 2004 winning a “Mention Très Bien à l’Unanimité.”

He is a mainstay with the world’s foremost orchestras and led to his working as Resident Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for six years. Bringuier embarked on a three-season tenure as Music Director of Spain’s Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in 2009.
Since the season 2014/15, he is serving in his inaugural season at the Tonhalle.
Bringuier has appeared as a guest conductor with Munich Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Royal Concertgebouw.

He first came to attention worldwide in 2005 when he was unanimously awarded first prize and the Prix du Public at the 49th Besancon Young Conductors Competition.
Bringuier was awarded the Médaille d’or from the Lord Mayor of Nice in 2012; previous honors include first prize in a Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra competition and Monaco’s “Médaille d’or à l’unanimité avec les felicitations du jury à l’Académie Prince Rainier III.”

Swedish Chamber Orchestra

The Swedish Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1995 as the resident chamber orchestra for the Örebro municipality in Sweden and was joined by its current Music Director, Thomas Dausgaard just two years later.  For the past sixteen years Dausgaard and the ensemble have worked closely together to create their own unique and dynamic sound and the orchestra’s quick rise to success has put it firmly on the international scene.

A tightly knit ensemble of 38 regular members, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra made its USA and UK debuts with Thomas Dausgaard in 2004 performing at the London Proms and Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival.  The New York Times wrote of that performance:  “It has been a longstanding complaint in the classical music world that as recordings and jet travel have shrunk the globe, an international sound has been fostered that has filtered out regional differences in timbre and interpretation … And every now and then an orchestra comes along with a sound that is surprising and fresh. The Swedish Chamber Orchestra, led by its music director, Thomas Dausgaard, produced a distinctive and consistently vibrant sound.”

Since 2004 the Swedish Chamber Orchestra has toured regularly throughout Europe and made its debut in Japan. In December 2015 the Swedish Chamber Orchestra will settle into the completely refurbished concert hall in Örebro.

Thomas Dausgaard

Thomas Dausgaard regularly appears as guest conductor with the leading orchestras throughout Europe, North America and the Far East and in the season 2013/14 he gave his debut with both the London Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic. As Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra – of which he is now Honorary Conductor – Thomas Dausgaard is attributed with creating distinct profiles for both ensembles through his wide-ranging programming, extensive touring and recording.

Through his commitment to education and alternative concert formats, he developed a programme for school children who now regularly collaborate with the SCO. He also instigated the Metro Concerts with the DNSO – a highly successful after-work series of mini-concerts – and oversaw the 2009 opening of the landmark new concert hall in Copenhagen designed by Jean Nouvel. Dausgaard’s repertoire ranges from Bach to the music of today. Recently he has premiered works by Penderecki, Dean, Volans, Vine and Nørgård and he has a natural affinity with the music of Sibelius and Nielsen – of whom his piano teacher was a student.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra © Larry Fink Studio535

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

A standard-bearer of innovation and artistic excellence, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is one of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras. Orpheus was founded in 1972 by Julian Fifer and a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble to the richness of an orchestra. With 71 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, and 42 commissioned and premiered original works, Orpheus rotates musical leadership roles for each work, and strives to perform diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue.
Performing without a conductor, Orpheus presents an annual series at Carnegie Hall and tours extensively to major national and international venues.  The 2014-2015 Season will include debut appearances by pianist Fazil Say and violinists Jennifer Koh and Augustin Dumay, and also includes three newly commissioned works.  The season will also continue an ongoing exploration of Beethoven in performance with pianist Jonathan Biss, while new looks at favorites from the Orpheus catalog of recordings, including Haydn’s Symphony No. 80, Grieg’s Holberg Suite, and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, demonstrate how these musicians have evolved over decades of playing together.
Orpheus has trademarked its signature mode of operation, the Orpheus Process™, an original method that places democracy at the center of artistic execution. It has been the focus of studies at Harvard and Stanford, and of leadership seminars at Morgan Stanley and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, among others.  Two unique education and engagement programs, Access Orpheus and Orpheus Institute, aim to bring this approach to students of all ages.
Access Orpheus, Orpheus’ educational initiative, shares the orchestra’s collaborative music-making process with public school students from all five boroughs in New York City.  Because of declining resources for arts education, many public schools do not have access to fulltime arts teachers to provide music instruction and exposure to art and culture. Access Orpheus helps to bridge this gap with in-class visits, attendance at working rehearsal, and free tickets for performances at Carnegie Hall.
Orpheus Institute brings the Orpheus Process and the orchestra’s musicians to select colleges, universities, and conservatories to work directly with musicians and leaders of tomorrow.  Students in all fields of study learn from Orpheus’ creative process and in areas of collaboration, communication, creative problem solving, and shared leadership.  In the coming seasons Orpheus will continue to share its leadership methods and performance practices as the ensemble provides its audiences with the highest level of musicianship and programming.

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Basle Chamber Orchestra

“One of the most exciting formations to be touring on the international orchestra scene.” (Fono Forum)

Based in Basle, successful internationally – the Basle Chamber Orchestra impresses audiences everywhere. The energy-charged concerts which sparkle with a love of music are the trademark of this creative top orchestra. As one of the few ensembles of its kind, the versatile Basle Chamber Orchestra is just as much at home playing baroque instruments as it is playing music from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Founded in 1984 by graduates of various Swiss musical colleges, nowadays invitations to the most important concert arenas and festivals of the European classical music scene are just as much part of the schedule as the orchestra’s own subscription concerts in Basel. Educational projects, music to accompany readings and a range of chamber music in the urban ambience of the Ackermannshof restaurant in Basle round off the repertoire. Diverse CD recordings with famous labels like Sony, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, RCA Records and OehmsClassics are evidence of the excellent quality of the orchestra.
The orchestra enjoys playing under the direction of its own concertmaster and appreciates the cooperation with various conductors such as Paul Goodwin, Mario Venzago, Trevor Pinnock and Giovanni Antonini. With the latter, the musicians are working on the cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies. The recording of symphonies 1-8 is already available from Sony and received the “Ensemble of the year 2008” award from ECHO Klassik for the recording of the 3rd and 4th symphonies. The orchestra could affirm this success last year: Under the direction of its concertmaster Julia Schröder co-starring soprano Nuria Rial it won the ECHO Klassik 2012 in the category “Best Opera Recording (opera arias and duets)” for the recording of Telemann’s arias. The documentary “Bartok Quinten” [Bartok’s quintets] (2010, directed by Christine Burlet), which provides a colourful look behind the scenes of the Basle Chamber Orchestra, has been broadcast on the television channels SF1 and 3sat.
The list of soloists who have performed together with the orchestra is renowned: Cecilia Bartoli, Sol Gabetta, Andreas Scholl, Sabine Meyer, Vesselina Kasarova, Angela Hewitt, Renaud Capuçon, Victoria Mullova, Núria Rial and many more.
The 2014|2015 season will feature the performance and CD recording of Beethoven’s 9th symphony under the direction of Giovanni Antonini. Also in the season 2013|2014 the Basle Chamber Orchestra is looking forward to working with outstanding soloists and conductors such as Christoph Poppen, Heinz Holliger, Fazil Say, Emmanuel Pahud, Sandrine Piau, Julia Lezhneva and the Juilliard String Quartet. Contemporary works of Heinz Holliger and Fazil Say as well as an original performance of an original commissioned piece for twelve instrumentalists and live electronics by the composer Maurilio Cacciatore round off the program for the upcoming period.

Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin © Frank Eidel

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

A new chapter opened for the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin) on 7 September 2012: Tugan Sokhiev conducted the DSO as Music Director for the first time during the Musikfest Berlin, 65 years to the day after the orchestra’s first public concert. After two years as the Designated Music Director he thus officially succeeded Ferenc Fricsay, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kent Nagano and Ingo Metzmacher. The response speaks for itself: »At his inaugural concert, Sokhiev – a springy, intelligent conductor who reacts to the music as quick as a flash – enthralled his orchestra, controlling with a light touch right from the start Stravinsky’s ›Pulcinella‹ Suite and, on the second half, Sergei Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony, which is rarely performed in Germany,« the Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote.
In 2013, the DSO looks back on a 67-year tradition as a Berlin radio and concert orchestra. Founded in 1946 as the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester by Radio in the American Sector (RIAS), its first Principal Conductor Ferenc Fricsay set standards in repertoire, sound ideal and media presence starting in 1948. Music of the 20th century immediately became a programming staple, in addition to interpretations of the classical repertoire characterised by transparency, structural conciseness and plasticity.
Starting in 1956 the radio station Sender Freies Berlin (now Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, rbb) participated in sponsoring the orchestra; this is why it changed its name to Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (RSO Berlin). The RSO acquired an excellent reputation in Berlin and on numerous tours, with radio and television productions, through its concert programs, as well as significant conductors who committed to them. After Ferenc Fricsay’s early death, the young Lorin Maazel 1964 took over artistic responsibility for the orchestra, followed by Riccardo Chailly in 1982 and Vladimir Ashkenazy in 1989. In 1993 the RSO changed its name to Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
Kent Nagano was appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director in the 2000|2001 season. He led the orchestra to engagements at the Salzburg Festival, the Baden-Baden Festival House and the Paris Théâtre du Châtelet. Kent Nagano bade the orchestra farewell in 2006; since then he has been associated with them as its honorary conductor. Ingo Metzmacher held the position of the DSO’s Music Director from 2007 to 2010. His annual programs were characterised by overarching themes. By launching the Casual Concerts concert format he emphasised the orchestra’s openness and its desire to address new groups of listeners.
The DSO’s symphony concerts in the Berliner Philharmonic Hall are recorded by Deutschlandradio Kultur and by the rbb Kulturradio, and are regularly broadcast in Germany and throughout Europe and beyond via the European Broadcasting Union. Selected concerts outside of Germany are recorded by Deutsche Welle, the German international broadcaster for radio and television.
The DSO is also globally present with numerous prize-winning CD recordings. In 2011 it received the ›Grammy Award‹ for the world premiere recording of Kaija Saariaho’s opera ›L’amour de loin‹, conducted by Kent Nagano. Among other CD publications of recent years, recordings with Ingo Metzmacher on ›Phoenix Edition‹, Christoph Eschenbach on ›Capriccio‹ and with Yutaka Sado on ›Challenge Classics‹ stand out. Recordings of contemporary music have been released on ›Neos‹ and ›Kairos‹. Furthermore, the orchestra has released several live opera recordings from the Baden-Baden Festival House as DVDs on ›Arthaus Musik‹. The DVD series ›Monuments of Classical Music‹ produced by Deutsche Welle has received several awards.
Over and above its concerts in Berlin, the DSO is active in international music life with numerous guest appearances. Concert tours have led the orchestra to Russia, Asia, North and South America and Lebanon. In recent years it has given guest performances in Brazil and Argentina, in Japan, China, Malaysia and Abu-Dhabi, and a number of tour concerts in Eastern Europe in an ongoing collaboration with Deutsche Welle and the German Federal Foreign Office.
Besides performances at national and international festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms and the Beethovenfest Bonn, the DSO can regularly be experienced in the major concert halls of Europe such as the Vienna Musikverein, the Salle Pleyel in Paris and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.


Finale: Golda Schultz & Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

This concert will be broadcasted live to Marstallhof. Admission to the public screening is free.

We owe thank to

Manfred Lautenschläger Stiftung gGmbHstudierendenwerk_Logo_raster_RGB_300dpi

Igor Levit & Irish Chamber Orchestra

6.45 pm Introduction by our »Classic Scouts«,  Ballsaal/Stadthalle

We owe thank to

Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling


Alina Pogostkina & SWR Symphony Orchestra

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Alina Pogostkina and Jörg Widmann
at Ballsaal/Stadthalle

We owe thank to

Klaus Tschira Stiftung gGmbH

Sol Gabetta & Il Giardino Armonico

6.45 p. m. introduction by our »Classic Scouts« Ballsaal/Stadthalle

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Sol Gabetta at Ballsaal/Stadthalle