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The Bamberg Symphony – Bavarian State Philharmonic ranks among the first newly founded orchestras to emerge in post-war Germany. It was established in the spring of 1946, when former musicians of the German Philharmonic in Prague got together in the historic city on the Regnitz to form a new ensemble. Joseph Keilberth became the first music director and led the Bambergers up until his death in 1968; he was succeeded by James Loughran and Horst Stein before Jonathan Nott assumed artistic responsibility in January 2000. Along with Nott, Herbert Blomstedt has served in a prominent position since 2006 as Honorary Conductor. In the course of its history the Bamberg Symphony has given 7,000 concerts in over 60 countries. They regularly perform in the leading concert halls all over the world and have appeared at the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the BBC Proms in London, and New York’s Lincoln Center; they have also undertaken tours to Japan, China, the USA, and South America. In the 2015-2016 season they will play for the first time in Oman and in Monaco. Jonathan Nott leads the orchestra in a wide range of repertoire that spans from Haydn to contemporary works. Their accounts of the Mahler symphonies in particular have been praised as reference recordings and have garnered many awards. The Bambergers are also actively involved in the area of training the next generation. Since 2004 they have held “The Mahler Competition,” a conducting competition which will next take place in May 2016, and since 2010 they have run their own orchestral academy.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut in the summer of 2007, when “artiste étoile” Jonathan Nott led his orchestra in three concerts.
Further information: www.bambergsymphony.com