With the appointment of General Music Director Marcus Bosch in 2011, the orchestra grew to 91 members and awarded the name Nürnberg State Philharmonic Orchestra. In the coming years, the ensemble plans to record the complete symphonies of Antonín Dvořák. The first two CDs in this recording project are internationally recognized. In recent years, the ensemble also released a DVD performance of Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and broadcasted Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde nationwide in more than 50 cinemas.
In a concert and awards ceremony for the Nürnberg Human Rights Prize 2017, Marcus Bosch conducts the Nürnberg State Philharmonic Orchestra on a program that includes the German premiere of Ramal for orchestra and Dabke. The 2017 Nürnberg Human Rights Award will honor the “Group Caesar,” who published photos of people tortured to death in Syrian prisons. “Caesar” is the cover name of a former Syrian military photographer who brought over 50,000 photographs from the country, including 28,000 pictures of prisoners killed and injured from torture, illness, malnutrition, or other ill-treatment in Syrian prisons. The awards ceremony on September 24 highlights performances of works by Syrian composers.
The Nürnberg State Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest orchestra in Metropolitan Nürnberg, and the second largest opera and concert orchestra in Bavaria. In addition to about 150 opera and ballet performances in the Nürnberg State Opera House, the ensemble contests eight annual philharmonic concerts in the Meistersingerhalle, numerous special projects and children’s concerts. Since 1999, it has been the largest European concert hall venue with over 70,000 visitors.
The musical history of Nürnberg reaches back to 1377. In the Baroque period, Nürnberg was one of the centers of the German opera. From 1801, Nürnberg city musicians were continually drawn to performances at the new Nürnberg National Theater. After the new building of the opera house opened in 1905, the City Theater Orchestra formed (1922). Hans Gierster, Christian Thielemann, Eberhard Kloke, Philippe Auguin, and Christof Prick were the main music directors of the time. Numerous premieres of composers such as Boris Blacher, Hans Werner Henze, Wilfried Hiller, Paul Hindemith, Wilhelm Killmayer, György Ligeti, Krzysztof Penderecki, Aribert Reimann, Isang Yun, Hans Zender, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann were entrusted to the orchestra during this time. Over the years, the orchestra traveled to Salzburg, Nice, New York, and Hong Kong Arts Festival. One of the major international events was the first performance of the opera The Ring of the Nibelung in China.
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