Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Founded by Karl Münchinger in 1945, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra has held a prominent position in the international orchestral world for some seven decades. Münchinger, who was principal conductor of the orchestra for over 40 years, was able to attract a small group of élite players in the early days to realise his vision of a completely new and exemplary way of interpreting works by Johann Sebastian Bach and the Viennese classicists. Dennis Russell Davies, who was principal conductor from 1995 to 2006, redefined the orchestra’s artistic priorities to enhance the orchestra’s versatility. Under his directorship the orchestra was able to distinguish itself, both in the concert hall as well as in the recording studio with repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries including specially commissioned compositions, particularly from the composers Phillip Glass and Giya Kancheli. With Davies, a complete edition of all 107 symphonies by Joseph Haydn was recorded live for Sony BMG in a unique series of concerts sponsored by Daimler-Benz, extending over an eleven-year period ending in 2009. A recording of works by Bartók and Lutosławski appeared on the ECM label in 2012 conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, who remains associated with the orchestra as conductor laureat.
This project is managed in association with IMG Artists
Innumerable concert performances around the globe and participation in the top international music festivals have been the hallmark of the high quality and the outstanding reputation of the ensemble. Soloists such as Jacques Thibaud, Yehudi Menuhin and Wilhelm Kempf performed with the orchestra in the 50s, Julius Katchen and Arthur Grumiaux in the 60s, Mstislav Rostropovich, Nathan Milstein, and Leonid Kogan in the 70s. After Münchinger’s retirement, the orchestra invited some soloists to play and direct the orchestra. Among the first to do so were Henryk Szeryng, Trevor Pinnock and Janos Starker. Kolja Blacher, Leon Fleisher, Daniel Hope, Paul Meyer Renaud Capuçon and Steven Isserlis have all directed concerts with the orchestra. In recent years the orchestra has played with, among others, Rolando Villazón, Fazil Say, Daniel Müller-Schott, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Ian Bostridge, François Leleux, Xavier de Maistre, Emmanuel Pahud, Martin Fröst and Gautier Capuçon. In past seasons guest conductors have included Christoph Poppen, Pablo Gonzalez, Ariel Zuckermann, Wolfram Christ and Günter Pichler.