The Bamberg Symphony
The Bamberg Symphony is an extraordinary orchestra in an extraordinary city. Bamberg without the Symphony would be a city missing something essential, something basic, like the air we breathe. Almost 10% of Bamberg's citizens subscribe to one of the five concert series. There are also quite a few special concerts, almost all of which sold out, so that everybody in the city attends a concert with the orchestra on average once a year.
And yet the Bamberg Symphony is far more than the musical centre of the city and the entire region. They are one of Germany's most travelled orchestras: since 1946 they have been delighting audiences all over the world with their characteristically dark, round and radiant sound. With far more than 7,300 concerts in over 500 cities and 63 countries, they have also become a cultural ambassador for Bavaria and the whole of Germany as the Bavarian State Philharmonic Orchestra and regularly tour, for example, the USA, South America, Japan and China.
The circumstances of its founding make the Bamberg Symphony a mirror of German history:
in 1946, former members of the German Philharmonic Orchestra Prague met colleagues in Bamberg who had also had to flee their homeland as a result of the war and post-war turmoil, and founded the "Bamberg Tonkünstlerorchester", shortly afterwards renamed the Bamberg Symphony. Starting with the Prague orchestra, its lines of tradition can be traced back to the 19th and 18th centuries. Thus the roots of the Bamberg Symphony reach back to Mahler and Mozart.
With the Czech Jakub Hrůša, the fifth chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony since September 2016, a bridge has been built again between the historical roots of the Bamberg Symphony and its present day, more than seven decades after the orchestra was founded.