Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie
The Bamberg Symphony is one of Germany’s most-travelled orchestras: since 1946, it has been delighting audiences worldwide with its characteristically dark, rounded, radiant sound. In that time it has given well over 7,000 concerts in more than 500 cities and 63 countries, and as the Bavarian State Philharmonic it regularly criss-crosses the globe as cultural ambassador to the world for Bavaria and all of Germany.
The orchestra has received many prizes and awards, among others for its countless record and CD productions. In 2018 Bamberg Symphony was awarded with the German Music Publishers’ Association’s award for “Best Concert Series”.
The circumstances of its birth make the Bamberg Symphony a mirror of German history. In 1946, ex-members of Prague’s German Philharmonic Orchestra met fellow musicians who had likewise been forced to flee their homes by the war and its aftermath. Together they founded the Bamberg Musicians’ Orchestra, soon after renamed the Bamberg Symphony. Its lineage can be traced back through the Prague Orchestra to the 19th and 18th centuries, so that the Bamberg Symphony’s roots reach back to Gustav Mahler and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Now, more than seventy years after it was founded, and with Czech-born Jakub Hrůša, the Orchestra’s fifth Chief Conductor, at the helm since September 2016, once again there is a living link from the Bamberg Symphony’s historic roots to its present.
As of May 2020