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Musical City of World Renown

Stuttgart's Orchestras

Stuttgart enjoys an outstanding reputation for music. With the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart State Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Gaechinger Cantorey and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (to name but a few of its ensembles), the musical city of Stuttgart guarantees a fascinating sound experience, not only in its own concert halls. 

In the autumn of 2016 the SWR Symphony Orchestra – the result of a merger between the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg – gave its first public performance. 
This new orchestra formation is one of the most ambitious fusions in the recent history of the ARD (Association of Public Broadcasting Corporations in Germany). Though the SWR Symphony Orchestra has regrouped, it has already made history: both of the ensembles – the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg – look back on a long tradition of over 70 years. The clearly-defined profile of the new orchestra comprises not only avant-garde but also contemporary music. Teodor Currentzis took over as principle conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2018/2019 season. With Currentzis the orchestra has gained one of the world’s most sought-after conductors. 
The Staatsorchester Stuttgart (Stuttgart State Orchestra) has an over 425-year history, making it one of the oldest ensembles in Germany and one that is steeped in tradition. It owes its reputation to the many famous international conductors involved with the orchestra over the years. However, it is no less renowned for its exceptional performances of contemporary works. At the start of the 2018/2019 season, Cornelius Meister took over as the orchestra's new Director of Music.
Founded in 1924, the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker (Stuttgart Philharmonic) is the orchestra of Baden-Württemberg's state capital. On top of its varied appearances in several concert series in Stuttgart, the orchestra also performs regularly in other cities in southwest Germany and gives guest appearances at home and abroad each year. Since the start of the 2015/2016 season Dan Ettinger has been the Philharmonic's principal conductor.
The Gaechinger Cantorey incorporates the ensembles of the International Bach Academy Stuttgart and unites some of Europe’s finest musicians under the baton of Hans-Christoph Rademann, the Director of the Academy. Since the 2016/2017 season its name has marked the beginning of a new era for the Bach Academy’s already world-famous ensembles, which for decades performed as the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart and the Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling, the renowned “Bach ambassador”. Now a newly-founded Baroque orchestra and the reformed choir have merged to create a homogenous period ensemble with the aim of developing a new “Stuttgart Bach style”, which will be the hallmark of the Bach Academy of the future.
For over 70 years now the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra has been high on the list of first-class orchestras of international repute. The orchestra had already made an excellent name for itself under its founder and long-term director Karl Münchinger, and its chief conductors Dennis Russel Davies, Michael Hofstetter and Matthias Foremny. At the start of the 2019/2020 season Thomas Zehetmair took over as the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra's principal conductor.

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