Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Founded in 1945, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra is one of the most renowned ensembles of its kind and has been internationally recognized as an outstanding orchestra for more than 65 years. Starting with the 2013–2014 season, Matthias Foremny is to be the new principal conductor of the orchestra. He is taking over from Michael Hofstetter, who held this position from 2006 to 2013.
The orchestra acquired its excellent reputation under its legendary founder and director of many years' standing, Karl Münchinger. At this time, the orchestra was primarily known for its interpretations of works by J. S. Bach and W. A. Mozart. Dennis Russell Davies, who was principal conductor from 1995 to 2006, expanded the orchestra's repertoire, in particular by adding works of the twentieth century. He is still associated with the orchestra as honorary conductor.
The orchestra's first recordings go back to the year 1949 and are testimonials to one of the most successful orchestra biographies of postwar Germany. Most recently, a recording of Vivaldi concertos conducted by Ariadne Daskalakis (Tacet) appeared in 2013 and a CD of horn concertos conducted by Paul Meyer released by ambitus.
A large number of internationally known soloist have played concerts with the ensemble. Some of these are Kolja Blacher, Julia Fischer, Daniel Hope, Steven Isserlis, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Daniel Müller-Schott, Fazil Say, Hélène Grimaud, Paul Meyer, Ian Bostridge, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Nicolas Altstaedt, Christian Zacharias, Martin Fröst and Emmanuel Pahud.
An important accent in the work of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra is its collaboration with educational institutions in Stuttgart. Alongside many projects with State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart, the orchestra cooperates in educational projects for grade-schoolers and visually impaired young people.
The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra serves the function of musical ambassador by making many guest appearances around the world. Following concerts in South Korea, France, Russia, Spain, Nepal, China and Japan in years past, the orchestra most recently went on tour and made guest appearances in India and South America, in Switzerland, France Spain and the Netherlands.
For its extraordinary commitment, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra was given the European Chamber Music Award of the European Cultural Foundation in 2008.
The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra is sponsored by the State of Baden-Württemberg, the city of Stuttgart and Robert Bosch GmbH.