The Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Orchestra

Biography

The Konzerthausorchester Berlin can now look back on a history spanning more than 63 years. Founded in 1952 as a state ensemble, it gained international acclaim under the direction of Kurt Sanderling, Chief Conductor from 1960 to 1977.
Today the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, with over 12,000 subscription patrons, has one of the largest subscribing audience bases of any ensemble in Germany.
Besides presenting up to 100 concerts a season at the Konzerthaus, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin also has a solid history of touring to the USA, Japan, Great Britain, Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, China, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.
Regular performances at national and international festivals like the Musikfest Berlin, Istanbul International Music Festival, George Enescu Festival, Bratislava Music Festival are standard. The orchestra is continually rejuvenating itself by accepting young musicians to its ranks. By founding the Orchestra Academy in 2010, the orchestra also took a large step towards developing musicians for the next generation. Iván Fischer became the new Chief Conductor of Konzerthausorchester Berlin in the 2012/13 season. Dmitrij Kitajenko serves as the principal guest conductor. Guest appearances include concerts with renowned artists like Bertrand de Billy, Andrey Boreyko, Vladimir Jurowski, Marc Minkowski, Michael Sanderling, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Eliahu Inbal, Simone Young, Julia Fischer, Philippe Jaroussky, Anna Prohaska, Mitsuko Uchida, Arcadi Volodos and Nikolaj Znaider, to name just a few.
Anywhere that dedication meets tradition is where the Konzerthausorchester Berlin is at home. Iván Fischer´s ideas are inexhaustible and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin repeatedly dares to experiment with new formats in the concert hall. Surprise concerts, various orchestra settings, exciting marathon concert days, public rehearsals and since season 2014/2015 a concert series in which the audience is seated in the midst of the orchestra ? whereby chief conductor Iván Fischer brings audience and musicians so close. “Right in the middle” is not only the motto of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, but also a way to approach and discover classical music in a different way.

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