All concerts in the 2022/23 season
The Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg is the major orchestra of the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region and the second largest operatic and concert ensemble in Bavaria. Since the 2018/2019 season, Joana Mallwitz has been General Music Director of the Staatsphilharmonie and the Staatstheater Nürnberg. In addition to about 150 opera and ballet performances of the Staatstheater every year, the orchestra presents its own Philharmonic Concerts series in the Meistersingerhalle as well as pursuing numerous special projects and giving other one-off concerts. Since 1999 the Staatsphilharmonie has been liaising with the culture department of the city of Nuremberg to organise one of the largest European open-air classical-music festivals, attracting over 70,000 visitors. Its children’s and youth concerts and the series of “Expedition Concerts” recently introduced by Joana Mallwitz have brought the musicians of the Staatsphilharmonie to the attention of a new demographic of young concertgoers. In addition, the work of the State Philharmonic includes a series of chamber concert organised by the musicians themselves in their capacity as “Freunde der Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg e.V.”.
The orchestra dates back to the earliest documented mention of the Imperial City’s municipal music ensemble in 1377. Since 1801 Nuremberg’s city musicians have been playing at stage performances mounted by the “National Theatre”. After the inauguration of the existing Opernhaus in 1905, the Stadttheaterorchester went on to merge with the privately funded “Philharmonic Orchestra” in 1922. In recent decades Hans Gierster, Christian Thielemann, Eberhard Kloke, Philippe Auguin, Christof Prick and Marcus Bosch have had spells as general music director. Major international events included the first performance of Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung” tetralogy in the People’s Republic of China and the live broadcast of Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” in more than 50 cinemas across Germany and Austria in 2012.
Concerts and works of opera performed with the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg are regularly broadcast by BR-Klassik and Deutschlandradio Kultur. In 2011 the Orchestra Academy was set up and the Orchestra was enlarged and renamed the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg.
The General Music Director
PERSONAL ASSISTENT TO GENERAL MUSIC DIRECTOR
AIDE TO ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR / ORCHESTRA STAFFER
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