Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra
Baden-Baden has a remarkable tradition as the home of an orchestra. The first mention of a permanent group of musicians within the city walls dates right back to 1460.
Today, the orchestra's guest books read like the "Who's Who?" of music history. Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, Jacques Offenbach, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Hans von Bülow, Richard Strauss, Enrico Caruso, Pietro Mascagni, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Béla Bartók, Bruno Walter, Benjamino Gigli, Renata Tebaldi, Edita Gruberova, José Carreras, Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko and Anne Sophie Mutter – they've all been on stage with the Philharmonic.
In recent years, the orchestra has also acquired an international reputation through guest appearances abroad and foreign tours. It has given concerts in China, in the Arab Emirates Dubai, Qatar and Bahrain, in the Ukraine, in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, and it appears in renowned concert halls such as the "Zürcher Tonhalle" in Zurich, the KKL in Lucern and the "Alte Oper" in Frankfurt.
In Baden-Baden itself, nowadays the Philharmonic Orchestra presents a truly comprehensive range of philharmonic sounds, from intimate chamber music matinees via regular symphony concerts through to open-air events with several thousand spectators. The orchestra cooperates with Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and other partners on creative event concepts, while the concert series "Klingende Gärten" (Sonorous Gardens) opens the city's splendid parks and gardens for the music of the great composers.
Heiko Mathias Förster has been the principal conductor since 2022.