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Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra Concert

Conductor: Jonathan Nott

Venue: Concert Hall

Dates: Jan. 03, 2011 19:30

Price: VIP 880 760 650 500 350 200 RMB

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

The Bamberg Symphony – Bavarian State Philharmonic has always enjoyed a special position in the musical world. Today as in the past, the Bamberg Symphony flies the city's flag on the international concert stage and acts as "Bavaria's Cultural Ambassador to the World" in the musical capitals of several continents. Standing invitations to important festivals and tours at home and abroad, awards for the Orchestra's recordings, including recently the MIDEM Classical Award and the International "Toblach Composing Hut" Record Prize – all these only confirm the high reputation which the Bamberger Symphony enjoys the world over.

The "kernel" of the Bamberg Symphony was a nucleus of ex-members of Prague's German Philharmonic Orchestra,who found their way in the aftermath of war to the city on the River Regnitz. The link with Prague's Orchestra makes Bamberg the inheritor of a musical tradition stretching back to the 19th and even 18th Centuries.

The Bamberg Symphony's first Principal Conductor, in 1950, was Joseph Keilberth, former director of the German Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague. His importance in consolidating the Bamberg Symphony and raising its national and international profile cannot be overestimated. Joseph Keilberth's successors in the Principal Conductor's post were James Loughran and Horst Stein. Many other great conductors have worked with the Orchestra and helped to create the characteristic sound which is now so much a part of the Bamberg Symphony: among them were Rudolf Kempe, Hans Knappertsbusch, Clemens Krauss, Sir Georg Solti, Christoph von Dohnányi, Witold Rowicki, Günter Wand, Witold Lutos?awski, Ingo Metzmacher, Giuseppe Sinopoli und Christoph Eschenbach, as well as the Bamberg Symphony's first Honorary Conductor, Eugen Jochum; and its current Honorary Conductor, Herbert Blomstedt, has formed a very close bond over three decades with the Bavarian State Philharmonic and its home city.

Since January 2000, the Orchestra's artistic direction has been in the hands of Principal Conductor Jonathan Nott. In March 2006, Herbert Blomstedt took up another important post in Bamberg, that of Honorary Conductor; and from the start of the 2010/2011 season, they are joined by Robin Ticciati as Principal Guest Conductor. Jonathan Nott's time at the helm of this Orchestra, so steeped in tradition, has built with enormous success on the legacy of his predecessors, which he is carrying into the 21st Century. During his tenure he has conducted at the Salzburg Festival (2004), the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg (2007), the Beijing Music Festival (2008), at London's Proms (2009) and the Gustav Mahler Music Week (2009). Besides all this, the Bamberg Symphony and its British Principal Conductor are regular guests at Germany's great Festivals such as musikfest berlin, Bonn's Beethovenfest, and the Summer Festival in Bad Kissingen. Not to mention the tours throughout Deutschland and Europe, three tours of Japan and as many of South America, and two to the USA. In recent years outstanding musicians such as Vadim Repin, Truls M?rk and Pierre-Laurent Aimard have collaborated as artists in residence with the Orchestra and have accompanied the Bamberg Symphony on national and international visits.

Under Jonathan Nott, the Bamberg Symphony has recently branched out into very varied repertoire, although it is above all the music of Mahler which has received the Orchestra's closest attention. The Bavarian State Philharmonic has long been celebrated as an outstanding Mahler orchestra, but the interpretations of Jonathan Nott and the Bamberg Symphony have caused a genuine sensation throughout the music world. Evidence of this has come in the form of the prestigious prizes which have crowned the Orchestra's and Principal Conductor's recordings of Mahler.

The Bamberg Symphony enjoys a worldwide reputation not only as a concert orchestra but also as a centre for the training of young musicians. The Bamberg Symphony's Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition was launched in 2004 and immediately won a global reputation as a crucible for the forging of new talent. And starting in the 2010/2011 season, another project dedicated to training music's next generation gets underway: the Bamberg Symphony's recently founded Orchestral Academy.


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