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Inspiring Throughout History.

The Bavarian State Orchestra.

One of the oldest and most historic orchestras in the world.

The origins of the Bavarian State Orchestra can be traced back to the year 1523, when it began as the Munich Court Ensemble. In 1563 it gained its first famous musical director, Orlando di Lasso. While sacred music was initially the main focus, secular concerts and opera performances were increasingly introduced during the 17th century. The orchestra began to play regularly for operatic performances in the mid-18th century; they still constitute a mainstay of the ensemble, which today is part of the Bavarian State Opera. Early highlights were the premieres of Mozart’s operas La finta giardiniera und Idomeneo.

The Bavarian State Orchestra.

Im Jahre 1811 wurde von den Musikern des Hoforchesters der Verein der Musikalischen Akademie gegründet, der mit den Akademiekonzerten die erste Konzertreihe Münchens ins Leben rief. Bis heute ist die Musikalische Akademie mit ihren symphonischen, kammermusikalischen und musikpädagogischen Aktivitäten ein prägender Bestandteil des Musiklebens Münchens und Bayerns.

In 1811, the musicians of the court ensemble founded the Verein der Musikalischen Akademie [Musical Academy Society]. This institution established Munich’s first concert series, the Academy Concerts. The Musical Academy is still a prominent element of musical life in Munich and Bavaria today, with a catalogue of activities spanning symphonic and chamber music performance as well as musical education.

The Bavarian State Orchestra – the name it has had since 1918 – has repeatedly confirmed its position among the top orchestras at national and international level in countless guest performances and concert tours, the most recent at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Richard Wagner is the greatest of the many outstanding composers with links to the Bavarian State Orchestra. The premiere of Tristan und Isolde took place in the Munich Opera House in 1865, conducted by Hans von Bülow. Munich was also the setting for the premieres of Wagner’s operas Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre.

Many of the foremost conductors of their times have served the orchestra as principal conductor, from Richard Strauss, Bruno Walter and Hans Knappertsbusch to more recent stars including Georg Solti, Joseph Keilberth, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano. The orchestra also had a long and close relationship with Carlos Kleiber, who was a frequent guest conductor between 1968 and 1997. Kirill Petrenko has headed the orchestra in the position of Bayerischer Generalmusikdirektor since the 2013/14 season.

In September 2020, an annual survey of 50 international critics conducted by the magazine Opernwelt, chose the Bavarian State Orchestra as Orchestra of the Year for the seventh year running (and the ninth time overall).


Vladimir Jurowski.

Jonas Kaufmann.

Johannes Moritz.

Vladimir Jurowski

Born in Moscow, Vladimir Jurowski began his musical education at the Moscow Conservatory before continuing to study at the colleges of music in Berlin and Dresden. Since giving his international debut at the Wexford Festival in 1995, he has conducted all over the world at prestigious venues including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Opéra national de Paris, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Semperoper in Dresden and the Salzburg Festival. He was musical leader of the Glyndebourne Festival from 2001 to 2013 and has been principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra since 2007. Vladimir Jurowski has also been principal conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra .(RSB) since 2017, and is Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and artistic director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation. His guest appearances have included performances with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He will assume the position of Generalmusikdirektor at the Bavarian State Opera in the autumn of 2021.

Jonas Kaufmann

Born in Munich, Jonas Kaufmann studied voice at the city’s University of Music and Performing Arts. After engagements in Hamburg, Stuttgart and Milan, he joined Zurich Opera House in 2001 and built an extensive repertoire of German, Italian and French roles. Performances at prestigious international venues followed, including the Vienna State Opera, the Paris National Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, and appearances at the Salzburg and Bayreuth Festivals. He was appointed a Kammersänger (Bavarian honorific for distinguished singers of opera and chamber music) by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture in 2013 and received the Bundesverdienstkreuz [Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany] three years later. In December 2018 Jonas Kaufmann received the Bayerischer Maximiliansorden [Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art]. His roles at the Bavarian State Opera to date have included Manrico (Il trovatore), Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut), Siegmund (Die Walküre), Walther von Stolzing (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and the title roles in Lohengrin, Andrea Chénier, Otello and Parsifal.

Johannes Moritz

Johannes Moritz began trumpet lessons at the age of seven with Mag. Franz Wagnermeyer. He began his studies in 2004 at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Wien [University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, MDW] under Prof. Josef Pomberger. During this time he already performed with prestigious orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. Johannes Moritz was solo trumpeter with the Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg, from 2008 to 2018 and has taught at Musikum Salzburg since 2011. He has been solo trumpeter with the Bavarian State Orchestra since 2018, and has also given guest performances as solo trumpeter with orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral activities, Johannes Moritz pursues a passion for chamber music; he is a member of the Vienna Brass Connection and the Mozarteum Orchestra Brass Quintet, with which he has played on numerous CD recordings.

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