The SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart is the outcome of the merger of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg in September 2016. Although the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart is still relatively new, it has already made music history. Distinguished lines of musical traditions of its two predecessors blend with each other. From summer 2018 onwards Teodor Currentzis will be the Chief Conductor of the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart.
Since their foundation in 1945/46, high-profiled principle conductors have shaped their young orchestras: In Baden-Baden/Freiburg Hans Rosbaud, Ernest Bour, Michael Gielen, Sylvain Cambreling and François-Xavier Roth; in Stuttgart Hans Müller-Kray, Sergiu Celibidache, Sir Neville Marriner, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Georges Prêtre, Sir Roger Norrington and Stéphane Denève have all worked with the south-west German institutions.
The profile of the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart comprises New Music, the symphonic orchestral literature of bygone eras as well as interpretative approaches of the historically informed performance practice. Conveying demanding music to all ages and audiences is also an important objective.
World-class conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman, Peter Eötvös, Ingo Metzmacher, Philippe Herreweghe, David Afkham and Jakub Hrůša have worked with the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart. In the season 2017/18 Teodor Currentzis, Herbert Blomstedt, Omer Meir Wellber and Osmo Vänskä will broaden the range. Tzimon Barto, Gil Shaham, Matthias Goerne, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Martin Grubinger, Renaud Capuçon, Mojca Erdmann, Thomas Zehetmair, Fazil Say and Julia Fischer are among the top-class soloists who perform with the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart.
Apart from many performances in SWR’s own series of concerts in Stuttgart, Freiburg and Mannheim, the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart appears at the Donaueschingen Festival for New Music and the Schwetzingen Festival. The SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart was invited to concerts in Madrid, Munich, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Basle, Tallinn, Tampere and Warsaw, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling and the Festival Acht Brücken in Cologne. Highlights of the season 2017/18 include performances at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Music Festival Berlin; guest appearances in Salzburg, Antwerp, Essen and Vaduz as well as a multi-day residency at the Konzerthaus Dortmund.
As of June 2017