The Lower Saxony State Orchestra Hannover has been a partner of the ›Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover‹ since it was established in 1991. The orchestra was founded by George, Duke of Calenberg, as his court orchestra in 1636. In the 19th century, Joseph Joachim was one of the orchestra’s most celebrated concertmasters. Since 1970, the orchestra has been attached to the Lower Saxony State Theaters in Hannover. It currently has 106 members. Soloists engaged for its symphony concerts have included Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukermann, Victor Tretyakov, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, and Baiba Skride.
As General Music Director of the Lower Saxony State Orchestra Hannover since 2011, Karen Kamensek is the successor of Johannes Schüler, Günther Wich, George Alexander Albrecht, Christof Prick, Andreas Delfs, Hans Urbanek, Shao-Chia Lü and Wolfgang Bozic.
In addition to playing for the opera and ballet performances, which alternate daily, the orchestra performs eight symphony concerts every season and also numerous special and chamber concerts and concerts for children and young people, as well as playing guest concerts abroad. (Status 2012, Source: Lower Saxony State Orchestra)
Established in 1950 as the ›Orchestra of the Hannover Radio Station‹, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its diamond anniversary in 2010. Since the 2009/2010 season the orchestra’s Chief Conductor has been an outstanding representative of the younger generation of conductors: Eivind Gullberg Jensen.
The NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra enjoys an excellent reputation as a musical ambassador for Hannover and Lower Saxony that extends far beyond the confines of North German Broadcasting’s home territory. Radio broadcasts, guest appearances in Germany and abroad and countless CD releases vouch for the orchestra’s artistic quality and its high international standing. Its many-faceted profile is unique in the German orchestral landscape, in that the orchestra’s musical work does not focus only on the great classical and romantic repertoire, but equally embraces such other, widely diverse fields as early music, crossover projects, film music and a broad spectrum of concerts aimed at children and young people.
The range of artists who work and appear with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra extends from leading personalities of the classical music scene, including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Leif Ove Andsnes, Rudolf Buchbinder and Frank Peter Zimmermann, to early music specialists such as Reinhard Goebel, Giuliano Carmignola and Philippe Jaroussky.
In recent years the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra has bolstered its reputation by undertaking concert tours to (among others) Japan, Spain, South America and France, as well as by appearances at the Pisa Festival or at the Klubhaus concerts in Switzerland. In October 2011 the orchestra made its debut at the sold out Royal Albert Hall in London, to great acclaim; in March 2012 the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra was a guest at the Abu Dhabi Festival; and in May 2012 it once again gave concerts at the Bergen International Festival. (Status 2012, Source: NDR)
Unusually creative programming and ever greater sonic homogeneity: 60 years after it was founded the Münchener Kammerorchester (MKO) is a shining beacon in German orchestral life. Under the Artistic Direction of Alexander Liebreich the MKO’s programs – inspired, exciting and often surprising – juxtapose works from the past with contemporary music.
The MKO has presented over 60 world premieres, since former Artistic Director Christoph Poppen established its unmistakably dynamic profile in the 1990s. Composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Tan Dun, Chaya Czernowin and Jörg Widmann have written works for the ensemble, and since 2006 the MKO has commissioned pieces from Erkki-Sven Tüür, Thomas Larcher, Nikolaus Brass, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Klaus Lang, Mark Andre, Peter Ruzicka, Márton Illés, Georg Friedrich Haas, Tigran Mansurian and Salvatore Sciarrino.
Able to draw on a permanent pool of outstanding wind and brass soloists from Europe’s finest orchestras, the MKO, in the form of a ›slim‹ symphony orchestra, can set new standards in the interpretation of some of Beethoven’s and Schubert’s most important works. Renowned guest conductors and a phalanx of outstanding international soloists regularly provide new artistic impulses.
The MKO plays its own concert series (the subscription series in the Munich Prince Regent’s Theatre and the ›Nachtmusik‹ in the Pinakothek der Moderne, concerts each dedicated to a composer of the 20th or 21st century) as well as special concerts in Munich, and also presenting a further sixty concerts each year all over the world. Many recordings of the Munich Chamber Orchestra have been published by ECM Records, the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony Classical. (Status 2012, Source: Münchener Kammerochester)
The chamber orchestra was originally founded by the conductor Agnieszka Duczmal in 1968, appearing under the auspices of ›Jeunesses Musicales‹ and the Poznań Music Society. In 1976, the orchestra received the Herbert von Karajan Silver Medal at the International Young Orchestra Meeting in West Berlin. The orchestra’s international breakthrough began in 1977, when it became a regular ensemble of the Polish Radio and Television, and later the ›Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio‹. Under Agnieszka Duczmal, the orchestra has given concerts in Europe, both North and South America and Asia, performing with such eminent soloists as Maurice André, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Hakan Hardenberger, Michala Petri, Vadim Repin and Katia and Marielle Labeque. The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio has appeared in such famous venues as the Gewand- haus in Leipzig, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, La Scala and the Milan Conservatory, the Orchard Hall in Tokyo, the Philharmonic in Cologne and the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. Every year, the orchestra participates in many music festivals at home and abroad.
Apart from its concert activity, the orchestra regularly records for Polish Radio, its repertoire extending from baroque to contemporary. The orches- tra also collaborates with radio stations abroad, including the German NDR, WDR and SFD, the BBC in London, and the CBC in Montreal. The ACO has been seen on Polish television and French TV1. So far, the orchestra has produced 8 LPs and 36 CDs, released in Poland, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Canada, and Brazil. (Status 2009, Source: ACO)