(Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra)
Creating sound experiences and music with high precision in order to create unforgettable concert evenings and strong lasting impressions - the 93 musicians of the Duisburg Philharmonic from fifteen nations are constantly working on the perfect sound.
The Duisburg Philharmonic was founded in 1877 and is one of Germany's leading orchestras today. The repertoire of the orchestra ranges from the baroque to modern music. At the beginning of the twentieth century, one critic wrote “If you want to keep up with the latest in contemporary works, you have to go to Duisburg”, so modern music follows a long tradition. Back then, “new music” was written by composers such as Max Reger and Richard Strauss, who introduced their works in Duisburg themselves.
Internationally renowned conductors like Kirill Petrenko, Antoni Wit, Alun Francis, Carl St. Clair, Stefan Solyom and Axel Kober have recently worked with the Duisburg Philharmonic. Jonathan Darlington left a lasting impression with his work as music director from 2002 to 2011. His predecessors were Alexander Lazarew and Bruno Weil, among others. Jonathan Darlington developed exciting alternatives to conventional programme planning during his tenure. For the concert season 2009/2010, the Duisburg Philharmonic was awarded “best concert programme” from the German Association of Music Publishers. They were awarded the renowned Echo Klassik prize in 2011 for their CD recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with violin solist Yoko Henkel.
Giordano Bellincampi has crafted the orchestra with great success as its General Music Director since 2012. The list of soloists which have performed with the orchestra is exquisite: pianists Imogen Cooper, Barry Douglas and Boris Giltburg, violinists Frank Peter Zimmermann, Pinchas Zukerman, Daniel Hope and Isabelle Faust, cellists Antonio Meneses, Sol Gabetta and Steven Isserlis, just to name a few.
The orchestra is a regular guest at internationally renowned festivals. At the Ruhr Triennial, the Duisburg Philharmonic performed with world-class stars like Vesselina Kasarova, Anna Netrebko and Neil Shicoff. In 2011, the Duisburg Philharmonic celebrated a triumphant success at the Ruhrtriennale with a performance of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolda” under Kirill Petrenko. According to the German newspaper "Die Welt": "in spite of a cast of celebrated singers, the orchestra remains the star of this performance, always attentive, music-making in the spirit of singing, sticking close to the very nature of music".