Founded as a court orchestra by Brandenburg’s Elector Joachim II and first documented in 1570, the Staatskapelle Berlin is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. When Frederick the Great opened the Royal Court Opera in 1742, its sphere of activity expanded: since that time, the orchestra has been firmly associated with the opera house on Unter den Linden. Famous figures have led the concert series established since 1842: the list of conductors who have worked on the orchestra’s podium ranges from Spontini, Mendelssohn, and Meyerbeer through Weingartner, Strauss, and Furtwängler to Karajan, Konwitschny, and Suitner. Richard Wagner also collaborated with the Hofkapelle, and his works have been among the pillars of its repertoire ever since. Daniel Barenboim has been at the helm since 1992; in 2000, the orchestra elected him Conductor for Life. In addition to concerts in Berlin, the Staatskapelle regularly travels to European music centers, as well as to Israel, Japan, China, and North and South America. The annual festival also frequently features cycles of works and has presented the ten great Wagner operas on two occasions. In 2021-22, the orchestra will perform a Schumann cycle with Barenboim. The Staatskapelle Berlin has been voted Orchestra
of the Year five times by Opernwelt magazine, and in 2003 it received the Furtwäng-ler Prize and a Grammy Award. Through the Orchestra Academy, founded in 1997, the members are also active in the field of education; they are involved in Daniel Barenboim’s Music Kindergarten Berlin for young children and in the NaturTon e.V. Foundation for environmental protection.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut in September 1994 with two concepts of works by Beethoven, Wagner, and Verdi under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.